WASHINGTON: According to Washington state law, a bar owner can have their liquor license suspended if a patron uses marijuana regardless if the owner knows its happening or not.
“In the past, marijuana use in public was always a citation, but now that they’ve legalized it there’s another degree of responsibility,” said Checkerboard Bar owners Ian Maye. “Now we just don’t get ticketed as users, but we can actually get fined as an establishment or even shut down.”
The Liquor Control Board has the power to issue fines and suspend licenses due to marijuana use. Bar owners said they struggle to control the actions of their patrons, especially in large establishments or those with patios. Maye also said keeping track of the changing laws has been difficult.