BREAKING NEWS: Washington Governor Announces Marijuana Conviction Pardon Program

BREAKING NEWS: Washington Governor Announces Marijuana Conviction Pardon Program

We are glad to Washington opening up with pardons. Today I’m attending the Washington State Cannabis Summit. This is the 5th Annual summit, but this year is particularly special due to a major announcement by Governor Jay Inslee. During the morning session, Gov. Inslee unveiled the Marijuana Justice Initiative. The Initiative will allow individuals to submit an online petition to Gov. Inslee requesting a pardon for certain marijuana convictions. To be eligible for...

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Washington Marijuana Business Owner-Finance: Some Regulatory Improvement

Washington Marijuana Business Owner-Finance: Some Regulatory Improvement

After years of us banging the drum for the WSLCB to change its financier approval process, there is a glimmer of hope out there that the agency is willing to listen to reason. The WSLCB has issued a new interim policy, BIP-06-2018, that allows existing true parties of interest and financiers to get clearance for providing additional funds to licensed marijuana businesses concurrently with contributing the funds. The problem was that the WSLCB has required pre-approval of...

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Washington Regulators Ban Certain Colors and Shapes on Marijuana Packaging

Washington Regulators Ban Certain Colors and Shapes on Marijuana Packaging

In a move straight out of the 1984 classic “Repo Man,” Washington regulators are making marijuana edibles really, really boring. Earlier this year, we wrote about the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s (WSLCB) decision to effectively ban marijuana-infused candy. The industry pushed back and the WSLCB reevaluated its stance. December 12, the WSLCB issued a new interim policy to “further clarify the procedures and processes for packaging,...

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Washington Marijuana Beverages Can’t Be Too Enticing for Children… or Adults?

Washington Marijuana Beverages Can’t Be Too Enticing for Children… or Adults?

What’s a Washington beverage processor to do? The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is creating a real niche in the beverage product design industry through some of its most recent policy pronouncements. As has always been the case, edible (and drinkable) marijuana products are regulated so that they are not appealing to children. There are a host of old and new policies and rules that focus on avoiding marketing marijuana to kids, some of which are...

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Washington State Regulates CBD Additives as Used in Marijuana Products

Washington State Regulates CBD Additives as Used in Marijuana Products

Earlier this year, the Washington Legislature passed House Bill 2334 (the “Bill”) into law. The Bill allows 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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Procedural Hurdles for Washington Marijuana Businesses

Procedural Hurdles for Washington Marijuana Businesses

Some LCB policies make hurdles tough to clear. Regulatory challenges can be substantive or procedural. Substantive challenges include things like Washington’s ban on out of state ownership and its view that licensee royalty payment constitute profit-sharing. These types of rules and interpretations are challenging because, as a policy matter, businesses aren’t allowed to pursue certain strategies that they otherwise would. Procedural challenges, on the other hand, are...

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