Washington Cannabis Processors Must Acquire Endorsement to Produce Edibles

Washington Cannabis Processors Must Acquire Endorsement to Produce Edibles

As of April 1, 2018, Washington marijuana processors are required to hold a special endorsement from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) to make marijuana-infused edibles (MIEs). This requirement follows from the WSDA’s appointment to share regulatory authority over MIEs with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB). The WSDA’s Food Safety Program regulates, inspects and provides technical assistance to food processors generally,...

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Washington’s New Equal Pay Law and Cannabis Employees

Washington’s New Equal Pay Law and Cannabis Employees

Washington’s new employment legislation hopes to close the pay gap. More and more states are recognizing there is a pay gap between the genders. Washington is the latest state to address the gap through legislation. The near-final law, HB 1506, is commonly referred to as the Equal Pay Act. It is currently awaiting the Governor’s signature, which we can expect any day now. Equal pay laws are complicated and understanding your obligation as an employer is critical to...

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Washington Cannabis: Court Rules that Counties Can Prohibit Recreational Sales

Washington Cannabis: Court Rules that Counties Can Prohibit Recreational Sales

An appeals court in Washington ruled last week that Clark County has the authority to ban the retail sale of recreational marijuana, settling any remaining dispute as to whether local governments in Washington can ban marijuana activities. The ruling was a long time coming, and not unexpected. Washington law and rules promulgated by the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB or the Board) give local authorities the option to object to whether the LCB will grant a license. However,...

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Washington Bans the Box: Hiring Cannabis Employees Just Got Trickier

Washington Bans the Box: Hiring Cannabis Employees Just Got Trickier

Careful! The Washington Legislature concluded its 2018 Session last week, and joined Oregon and California in “banning the box” when it comes to employment applications. Specifically, Washington’s new law, dubbed the “Fair Chance Act” (the “Act”),  prohibits employers from looking into any criminal history of potential employees at the point an applicant first applies for a job. The Act is less stringent than California’s legislation and tends to mirror Oregon’s...

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Washington Marijuana: State May Allow CBD Additives

Washington Marijuana: State May Allow CBD Additives

The Washington State House of Representatives is considering  House Bill 2334, which would allow licensed marijuana producers and processors to use cannabidiol (CBD) from a source not licensed by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB). The bill defines a “CBD product” as “any product containing or consisting of cannabidiol” and would permit the use of CBD products from unlicensed sources so long as the CBD product has a THC level of 0.3...

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Regulatory Audits of Your Cannabis Business: Plan Ahead!

Regulatory Audits of Your Cannabis Business: Plan Ahead!

Can your cannabis business survive state scrutiny? Like all business, cannabis businesses are subject to audit by state taxing authorities and other agencies. These audits tend to proceed differently with cannabis business, though, given the unique regulatory approach states take with marijuana. If a regulatory audit turns up issues, then fines and even loss of your business’s license could follow. This post outlines the top issues in preparing for, and managing, a...

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