Washington’s Ever-Shifting Residency Requirement for Marijuana Businesses

Washington’s Ever-Shifting Residency Requirement for Marijuana Businesses

WSLCB seems to want it both ways on “residency.” Despite lobbying efforts to the contrary, Washington has maintained its strict state residency requirement for Washington cannabis business owners. If a person wants to own 0.001% of a cannabis business, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) requires that person to be a Washington resident and to go through about 1,000 hoops before it authorizes the licensed cannabis business to issue that...

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Washington Cannabis Employment: Family Medical Leave Act Changes Coming

Washington Cannabis Employment: Family Medical Leave Act Changes Coming

The Washington Family and Medical Leave Act (“WFMLA”) is getting some major changes beginning in 2019. Why does this matter to Washington cannabis businesses? Because all of those businesses, regardless of type or size, will be required to collect and pay premiums under the revised law beginning January 1. These companies will also be required to provide wage replacement for eligible employees beginning in 2020. Last year, the Washington legislature became just...

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More Info Emerges on Amnesty Program for Washington Marijuana Licensees

More Info Emerges on Amnesty Program for Washington Marijuana Licensees

Coming soon to WSLCB. We recently wrote about the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s consideration of a marijuana licensee amnesty program for licensees with undisclosed true parties of interest a couple of weeks ago. In that post, though we criticized the WSLCB for not doing more to put marijuana licensees in a position to succeed, we didn’t have much to say about the amnesty program itself. Other than the fact that the board was discussing offering leniency to...

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Washington State Cannabis Enforcement Officers: Be Careful, Be Very Careful

Washington State Cannabis Enforcement Officers: Be Careful, Be Very Careful

Talking with Washington State cannabis enforcement officers is like playing with fire Many of my firm’s recent Washington State cannabis enforcement cases contain a commonality. During the investigation stage, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) enforcement officers tell licensees that their main goal is to achieve compliance. They say they aren’t looking to get anyone’s licenses cancelled — they are just trying to get a full picture so they can help...

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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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