The Environmental Impact of Washington’s Marijuana Packaging

The Environmental Impact of Washington’s Marijuana Packaging

If you have purchased marijuana in Washington State, you’ve probably noticed the packaging can be difficult to open and is adorned with warnings, bar codes, and lots of other information that appears in tiny font. This is by design, as the state has created robust regulations intended to protect the public from contaminated cannabis and to limit access by children. Though these regulations are important, one has to ask what impact these packaging requirements have on...

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Is Washington’s Marijuana Business Owner Residency Requirement Constitutional?

Is Washington’s Marijuana Business Owner Residency Requirement Constitutional?

Could definitely be unconstitutional. We think it is worth taking another look at whether Washington’s strict residency requirement is constitutional. Since Washington first licensed marijuana businesses in 2014, we have wondered if anyone would be willing to bear the expenses of that particular challenge. And to date, there are no Washington appellate or federal legal decisions determining the constitutionality of the residency requirement. If there were a challenge,...

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Washington’s Ever-Shifting Residency Requirement for Marijuana Businesses

Washington’s Ever-Shifting Residency Requirement for Marijuana Businesses

WSLCB seems to want it both ways on “residency.” Despite lobbying efforts to the contrary, Washington has maintained its strict state residency requirement for Washington cannabis business owners. If a person wants to own 0.001% of a cannabis business, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) requires that person to be a Washington resident and to go through about 1,000 hoops before it authorizes the licensed cannabis business to issue that...

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Washington Cannabis Employment: Family Medical Leave Act Changes Coming

Washington Cannabis Employment: Family Medical Leave Act Changes Coming

The Washington Family and Medical Leave Act (“WFMLA”) is getting some major changes beginning in 2019. Why does this matter to Washington cannabis businesses? Because all of those businesses, regardless of type or size, will be required to collect and pay premiums under the revised law beginning January 1. These companies will also be required to provide wage replacement for eligible employees beginning in 2020. Last year, the Washington legislature became just...

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More Info Emerges on Amnesty Program for Washington Marijuana Licensees

More Info Emerges on Amnesty Program for Washington Marijuana Licensees

Coming soon to WSLCB. We recently wrote about the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s consideration of a marijuana licensee amnesty program for licensees with undisclosed true parties of interest a couple of weeks ago. In that post, though we criticized the WSLCB for not doing more to put marijuana licensees in a position to succeed, we didn’t have much to say about the amnesty program itself. Other than the fact that the board was discussing offering leniency to...

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Washington State Cannabis Enforcement Officers: Be Careful, Be Very Careful

Washington State Cannabis Enforcement Officers: Be Careful, Be Very Careful

Talking with Washington State cannabis enforcement officers is like playing with fire Many of my firm’s recent Washington State cannabis enforcement cases contain a commonality. During the investigation stage, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) enforcement officers tell licensees that their main goal is to achieve compliance. They say they aren’t looking to get anyone’s licenses cancelled — they are just trying to get a full picture so they can help...

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