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...

Read More »

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...

Read More »

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...

Read More »

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...

Read More »

Winning Before Fighting: Top 12 Alternative Dispute Resolution Strategies for Cannabis Companies (Webinar)

Winning Before Fighting: Top 12 Alternative Dispute Resolution Strategies for Cannabis Companies (Webinar)

Many people think owning and operating a cannabis business is a dream job. The reality is that any dream job can quickly become a nightmare when your business gets pulled into a dispute. Failing to resolve disputes early can be shockingly expensive. Discovery — of documents and by depositions — is usually costly, and risky too. For example, a court recently fined a company $50,000-a-day for failing to produce all the voluminous documents its opponents demanded. Canna Law...

Read More »

Washington Cannabis: Crimes That Affect Your License Application, Maintenance, and Renewal

Washington Cannabis: Crimes That Affect Your License Application, Maintenance, and Renewal

Most of us do not intend to break the law, but occasionally we may be caught on the wrong side of law enforcement. Both felony and misdemeanor crimes can derail an individual’s or company’s initial marijuana license application or renewal process. The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board (the “WSLCB”) utilizes a point system, and if a true party of interest (“TPOI”) in a cannabis business accumulates too many points based on criminal activity, that can jeopardize the...

Read More »