Liquor Board Bans Marijuana Use From Washington Bars

WASHINGTON:  The state Liquor Control Board on Wednesday adopted a rule change that makes it illegal for any liquor-licensed establishment to allow marijuana consumption of any kind on its premises.

The rule change likely goes into effect 30 days from Wednesday’s unanimous board vote, said Mikhail Carpenter, a spokesman for the Liquor Control Board. That means, starting on or about Jan. 17, marijuana smokers can no longer light up on the second floor of Frankie’s Sports Bar on Pacific Avenue in Olympia.

Frankie’s has been allowing bar patrons to smoke marijuana in an upstairs private room for about a year. Frankie’s owner, Frank Schnarr, has argued that members could smoke legally there after the passage of I-502, which made it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in Washington state.

All Washington bars except for Frankie’s currently prohibit smoking of any kind, but Schnarr won a prior legal battle to allow patrons to smoke cigarettes and other tobacco products in an upstairs room, provided that they pay $10 in annual dues to become “Friends of Frankie’s.”

 

Liquor Board Bans Marijuana Use From Washington Bars

WASHINGTON:  The state Liquor Control Board on Wednesday adopted a rule change that makes it illegal for any liquor-licensed establishment to allow marijuana consumption of any kind on its premises.

The rule change likely goes into effect 30 days from Wednesday’s unanimous board vote, said Mikhail Carpenter, a spokesman for the Liquor Control Board. That means, starting on or about Jan. 17, marijuana smokers can no longer light up on the second floor of Frankie’s Sports Bar on Pacific Avenue in Olympia.

Frankie’s has been allowing bar patrons to smoke marijuana in an upstairs private room for about a year. Frankie’s owner, Frank Schnarr, has argued that members could smoke legally there after the passage of I-502, which made it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in Washington state.

All Washington bars except for Frankie’s currently prohibit smoking of any kind, but Schnarr won a prior legal battle to allow patrons to smoke cigarettes and other tobacco products in an upstairs room, provided that they pay $10 in annual dues to become “Friends of Frankie’s.”

 

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