Washington Marijuana Businesses: Watch Out for Cyber Attacks!

Washington Marijuana Businesses: Watch Out for Cyber Attacks!

One of our Washington cannabis clients recently learned that its employee was the target of a cybersecurity attack. The employee, who was following instructions via a messaging app, wired money to an individual at the request of who he believed to be an owner of the company. That was not the case! The employee had fallen victim to a cybersecurity attack. Our client has asked us to publish this post as a public service announcement to other cannabis businesses. These attacks...

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Two Pending Bills Could Substantially Change Washington’s Cannabis Advertising Laws

Two Pending Bills Could Substantially Change Washington’s Cannabis Advertising Laws

Last month, two pieces of legislation were introduced to the legislature that could substantially alter Washington State’s advertising laws: HB 2350 and HB 2321. Each bill would tighten advertising restrictions for cannabis businesses, particularly with regard to advertising that could appeal to youth. Both bills were filed pre-session, and both already have moved into the Committee on Commerce and Gaming. The bills are summarized below. HB 2350 This bill, “[r]elating to...

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State of the State: Washington Regulators Turning a New Leaf (Part 2)

State of the State: Washington Regulators Turning a New Leaf (Part 2)

In Part 1  of this two-part series we discussed the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s (“LCB”) new rules stemming from SB 5318, which passed last year and forced the LCB to transition from an enforcement-first policy to a compliance-first policy when handling violations. We covered how the LCB will handle Notices of Correction (“NOC”) and Administrative Violation Notice (“AVN”). Today we’ll look at the LCB’s...

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State of the State: Washington Regulators Turning a New Leaf (Part 1)

State of the State: Washington Regulators Turning a New Leaf (Part 1)

Last year brought significant changes to Washington cannabis via the legislative session. Today I’ll outline some of the ways the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“LCB”) plans to regulate marijuana in 2020. Before I get into the details, let me please encourage you to check out Cannabis Observer, who goes to every LCB meeting and provides details free of charge each week online. This is part one in a two-part series. Today we’ll outline...

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Hemp-CBD: Washington State’s Consumer Protection Act

Hemp-CBD: Washington State’s Consumer Protection Act

This is the second in a three-part series explaining why companies making and sell hemp-derived CBD products ought to be concerned about state consumer protection laws. Last week we looked at Oregon and an article on California is in the works. It probably comes as no surprise that companies selling hemp-derived CBD in the State of Washington ought to be very careful in how they market and advertise their CBD products. Overview of Washington’s Consumer Protection...

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Washington’s Hemp Plan

Washington’s Hemp Plan

On November 20th, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (“WSDA”) released the hemp cultivation plan (the “Plan”) that it intends to submit to the US Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) along with a corresponding set of hemp regulations (“Hemp Rules”). This post will provide an overview of Washington’s hemp plan. Recordkeeping, Violations, and Inspections The Plan appears to be in-line with the USDA’s interim hemp rules, released last month. The Plan outlines...

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