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The reaction to the passage of Washington's I-502 are coming in fast and furious this morning.

*See Also: Liquor Control Board Votes Against Allowing Seattle

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Washington State Liquor Control Board Ready to 'Carry Out the Will of the Voters' on I-502, Notes Weed is Still Illegal on Federal Level

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The reaction to the passage of Washington's I-502 are coming in fast and furious this morning.

*See Also: Liquor Control Board Votes Against Allowing Seattle Bars to Stay Open Past 2 a.m.

First up, the Washington State Liquor Control Board - which appears ready to tread cautiously, and slowly, into the realm of weed dealership.

Here's the Liquor Control Board's official statement:

The Washington State Liquor Control Board will move forward to carry out the will of the voters who Tuesday passed Initiative 502.

I-502 establishes precedent for growing, processing, retailing and possessing marijuana. Essentially, a system will be built from the ground up. The initiative provides the WSLCB until December 1, 2013 to craft rules for implementation. We expect that it will take the full year to craft the necessary rules which will provide the framework for the new system. As we develop the rules we will keep in mind our top priority, public safety.

Questions remain ahead as we work to implement I-502. Chief among them is the issue that marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.

We will reach out to the federal Department of Justice in the coming weeks for clarification. We will also communicate with our state partners such as the Washington State Patrol, the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, and others affected by I-502.

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