Liquor board, busy with pot, punishing few liquor law violations

Staff writerFebruary 21, 2014 

Enforcement of liquor law violations has declined in the past year, according to report from KING 5 News -- perhaps due to the state Liquor Control Board being tasked with developing Washington's legal marijuana system.

In 2013, the Liquor Control Board did not permanently revoke any liquor licenses in the state for the first time in five years, KING 5 reports. Additionally, suspensions of licenses in 2013 were half what they were in 2010, according to the Seattle news station.

“We take the liquor side very seriously...but there’s certainly been an impact to our resources over the last year,” said the liquor board's enforcement chief, Justin Nordhorn, in an interview with KING 5.

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