Supporters and critics alike say it's all because of legalized marijuana, but the rationale behind the proposal is getting mixed reactions.
For years, the Liquor Control Board has dealt with beer and wine, but now that marijuana is part of its mission, the board wants to become full-fledged law enforcement.
Marijuana is the newest legal vice in Washington and, so far, the state isn't sure exactly what to do with it.
Medical marijuana advocate John Davis said this is all part of the post I-502 world.
"Please regulate us in a clear manner," Davis said.
House Bill 1876 offers one option, but it is a controversial one. It would allow LCB officers to become full members of law enforcement, on par with state patrol or fish and wildlife officers. As it stands, LCB officers have limited authority police power.
Liquor Control Board union representative Josh Bolender said having full law enforcement power could help with crimes in bars, such as drug-related prostitution and other crimes.
But the board wants to prepare officers for anything, especially because of the sketchy history of illegal pot dealing.
"Trying to investigate those crimes with a limited commission is going to be challenging," Bolender said.
Each side of the issue wants direction, regulation and safety in the budding new world of marijuana, and everyone involved admits the state is entering uncharted territory.
"We currently have a lot of gray area," Bolender said.