The state’s five-member Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted Thursday to adopt a temporary regulation put in place back in February that defines off-limits “public places” regarding marijuana consumption.
When voters passed a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in November, the ABC Board was also tasked with developing rules regarding marijuana.
According to the regulation, it’s not permitted to light up in places like parks, schools, prisons and highways. Some board members questioned not having exceptions in place already, perhaps allowing municipalities to let consumers to smoke in privately rented areas of parks.
ABC Board Director Cynthia Franklin stressed to board members that once licensing regulations are established for growing, testing, distributing and selling marijuana, the regulation may change to say with the exception of a business that is properly licensed.
When a marijuana-specific control board is eventually seated, that five member board will have the opportunity to review, amend or repeal the regulation if they feel it is necessary. The Governor’s Office has received more than 90 applications for a seat on the board, according to spokesperson Shalome Cederberg.
–This is a developing story.