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Washington Liquor Board Adds Cannabis To Its Name

Washington state's Liquor Control Board will be re-named the Liquor and Cannabis Board.
Washington State Liquor Control Board
Washington state's Liquor Control Board will be re-named the Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Washington’s Liquor Control Board is getting a new name. Friday it will become the Liquor and Cannabis Board.

The change comes as the state moves to regulate medical marijuana, as well as recreational pot.

The initials of the Liquor Control Board didn’t have to change. It’s still the LCB. But now the C stands for Cannabis. The new agency logo shows the state seal featuring George Washington and the words Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Perhaps the juxtaposition of the nation’s first president and the word cannabis isn’t so odd. According to High Times, President Washington grew hemp and might have even used it to ease his toothaches.

Other changes will come later this year or early next as recreational marijuana stores in Washington are allowed to apply for an endorsement to sell to patients. Also, some existing marijuana dispensaries will have the opportunity to apply for a state license to remain open.

The big change comes next July when a ban on collective gardens kicks in.

Copyright 2015 Northwest News Network

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."