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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BREAKING NEWS: Washington State Bans Flavored Vapor Products

BREAKING NEWS: Washington State Bans Flavored Vapor Products

On October 9, 2019, the Washington State Board of Health (“BOH”) voted to adopt emergency rules banning flavored vapor products, including marijuana products, in Washington State. The ban is effective as of October 10 and will run for 120 days. It’s not as if we didn’t see this coming. On Monday, Hilary Bricken wrote on this blog that cannabis businesses should expect these types of vapor bans.  Previously, on September 27, Governor Jay Inslee issued...

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Washington Bans Hemp-CBD in Food

Washington Bans Hemp-CBD in Food

If you’ve been following the hemp scene in Washington state, you know it’s been a bit of a roller coaster. The latest “drop” comes in the form of an August 1 memo from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (“WSDA”) titled Restrictions on the use of hemp CBD as a food ingredient. According to the memo, Washington is following the lead of many other states, most notably California,  in prohibiting the use of hemp-derived CBD...

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Compliance over Enforcement: The New Normal For Washington Marijuana Businesses

Compliance over Enforcement: The New Normal For Washington Marijuana Businesses

On July 28, 2019, Senate Bill 5318 (“SB 5318“) went into effect. I wrote about this bill back in April when it was awaiting Governor Jay Inslee’s signature. SB 5318 forces the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“LCB”) to make some major institutional changes, requiring the LCB to work with licensees on compliance matters and limiting the LCB’s ability to issue violations. Below is a summary of the new regime. Education and...

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