Gov. Inslee wants board to stop ‘pot bars’ spread

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee wants the state Liquor Control Board to figure out how to stop the spread of bars that allow patrons to consume marijuana on site.

Voters last fall legalized marijuana for adults over 21, but Initiative 502 prohibits the public use of marijuana.

The Associated Press last week wrote about two venues in Washington state that allow pot use. While most bars are steering clear of allowing pot use until officials come up with new rules, a few have been testing the boundaries.

Inslee spokesman David Postman told The Seattle Times the board needs to give this a hard look. He says Washingtonians did not vote for a wide-open policy.

Board chairwoman Sharon Foster says she expects the board to try to come up with a new rule to deal with the situation.

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