Washington Lawmakers Poised to Redefine the WSLCB’s Role in Washington Marijuana

Washington Lawmakers Poised to Redefine the WSLCB’s Role in Washington Marijuana

  Senate Bill 5318 is making its way through the Washington legislature and seems destined for Governor Jay Inslee’s desk. As of April 16, the bill had cleared both the Washington House and Senate. If signed into law, which seems increasingly likely, SB 5318 would drastically change the way the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“LCB”) operates. SB 5318 is titled, “An Act Relating to reforming the compliance and enforcement provisions...

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Cannabis Agency Litigation: Free Webinar April 23

Cannabis Agency Litigation: Free Webinar April 23

Those who have been running businesses in the cannabis industry for years, as well as those that are working hard to become licensed, know it is not a simple task to stay in compliance with state and local regulations. The complexity of such regulations can cause businesses to inadvertently make mistakes, which can lead to really serious violations that at times end up in monetary penalties, or even worse–license revocation. To avoid losing your business’ most...

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Washington Cannabis: The Proposed Hemp Overhaul is Here

Washington Cannabis: The Proposed Hemp Overhaul is Here

In light of the recent federal legalization of industrial hemp, Washington lawmakers are taking a hard look at the state’s hemp program. Senators Bob Hasegawa (D) of Beacon Hill, Steve Conway (D) of Tacoma, and Karen Keiser (D) of Kent recently introducing Senate Bill 5719. The stated purpose of SB 5719 is as follows: Authorize the growing of hemp as a legal, agricultural activity in this state. Hemp is an agricultural product that may be legally grown, produced, processed,...

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The Future of Cannabis in Washington and Oregon

The Future of Cannabis in Washington and Oregon

In late January, Portland hosted the Cannabis Collaborative Conference (“CCC” or “Conference”), an annual forum created by cannabis industry leaders, aimed at addressing the most pressing issues facing this emerging market. This year’s conference focused on the future of the cannabis industry. Rick Garza, Director of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“WLCB”), was one of the key speakers at this year’s Conference. Mr. Garza discussed the possibility of...

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FREE Webinar February 21: West Coast Hemp CBD

FREE Webinar February 21: West Coast Hemp CBD

In December 2018, Congress passed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (better known as the “Farm Bill”). Among other things, the passage of the bill removed industrial hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act, allowing legal production of the crop. Despite this landmark legislation, pitfalls still lay on the path ahead. The legality of many industrial-hemp derived cannabidiol (“CBD”) products is in question now more than ever, with different states and federal...

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FREE Webinar Jan. 29: Washington Employment Law for Cannabis Businesses

FREE Webinar Jan. 29: Washington Employment Law for Cannabis Businesses

Owning a cannabis business can feel like you’re drowning in various regulation compliances and not actually spending time with your business. The excess of rules and regulations levied by the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB), cannabis-specific regulations, along with an array of state and federal employment laws and regulations can keep any business from blossoming to its fullest. At Harris Bricken we understand your struggles and aim to keep your business...

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