Washington Cannabis Regulators See Problems, Propose Action That Won’t Solve Said Problems

Washington Cannabis Regulators See Problems, Propose Action That Won’t Solve Said Problems

The WSLCB approach is not working so well. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) may finally be noticing that its current treatment of “true party of interest” violations is neither just nor sustainable. During an extended conversation at its monthly executive management team meeting in June, the WSLCB discussed potentially adopting a hidden ownership amnesty program. Basically, any existing businesses that had mistakenly created a true party of interest...

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Cannabis Companies Beware! Washington is Eager to Cancel Licenses

Cannabis Companies Beware! Washington is Eager to Cancel Licenses

More crucial than ever for Washington operators. We have represented clients in regulatory violation cases inside and outside the cannabis industry for years. Of all the jurisdictions in which we work, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board in 2018 is unique in its eagerness shut down businesses. In case after case against licensed producers and processors, the WSLCB seems determined to seek violations that could lead to license cancellation and is generally...

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Industrial Hemp: Don’t Forget About State Law!

Industrial Hemp: Don’t Forget About State Law!

As CBD and hemp continue to grow in popularity we are receiving an increasing number of calls and emails from companies that want to distribute hemp across the country. We have written about the legality of hemp and CBD under federal law: DEA Confirms It Cannot Regulate All Parts of the Cannabis Plant Cannabis Taxation: Does IRC Section 280E Apply to Industrial Hemp? Federal Court Denies Review of DEA’s Marijuana Extract Rule Legal Hemp: Coming Soon Nationwide? Is CBD...

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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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