Search Results for: washington

Minors in Washington State Licensed Marijuana Producers/Processors Allowance Extended

WASHINGTON:  Due to daycare challenges, particularly in eastern Washington, and the dynamic and uncertain nature of the state’s response to COVID variants, the LCB is extending the limited allowance for minors in licensed marijuana producers and processor premises. The new expiration date is set for Oct. 31, 2021. The LCB will later review the expiration date to consider whether it should be again be extended.

 

Minors in Licensed Marijuana Producers/Processors

Effective until: Oct. 31, 2021

Due to the related COVID – 19 impacts, the LCB is temporarily relaxing enforcement of WAC 314-55-015 involving the prohibition of minors being present on premises of licensed marijuana producers/processors in limited circumstances. This temporary allowance is to accommodate families that have been impacted by school closures and daycare challenges.

Effective immediately the LCB will not enforce the provisions of WAC 314-55-015 for families who have children under the age of 16 on the licensed premises, so long as the following conditions are met:

  • The person under 16 years of age is a child or grandchild of the licensee,
  • The person under 16 years of age is not engaging in any work or act of employment for the licensed business,
  • The person under 16 years of age does not possess any products associated with the production, processing, or sales of marijuana,

This advisement covers only the licensed marijuana facility for producers and processor, and does not include or cover retail locations or transportation vehicles.

WSLCB Update on “Joints for Jabs” Vaccine Promotions in Washington

To: Cannabis Retailers

Fr: Liquor and Cannabis Board

Re: Update on “Joints for Jabs” Vaccine Promotions

Quick clarification to licensed cannabis retailers — you may use your store’s parking lot to host a vaccination clinic.

In cases with shared parking with other tenants, please limit the boundary to parking spots dedicated for your business. This allowance does not supersede any lease agreements with your property owner so please be sure to check whether this is permissible.

Despite a negative news report about stores not participating, vaccination events at retail stores are already underway or planned at locations around the state. Stores have until July 12, 2021 to participate.

Gov. Inslee has likened the state vaccination effort to be on the “two yard line.” The LCB supports this vaccination incentive as another effort to help get the state over the line. We continue our efforts to make it easier to participate. Please consider now whether this promotion is right for your business.

More information about the so-called “Joints for Jabs” vaccine promotion is available here.

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Actions: Vitamin E Acetate in Vapes & Tier 1 Canopy

WASHINGTON:Yesterday, during a regularly scheduled meeting, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board took the following action:

Approved a rule proposal (CR 102) to expand the plant canopy square footage allowed for licensed Tier 1 cannabis producers.

Adopted emergency rules (CR 103E) to enforce the requirements of WAC 246-80-021 prohibiting the use of vitamin E acetate in vapor products, within the context of chapter 69.50 RCW. This emergency rule allows the Board to take disciplinary action against any cannabis processor licensed under WAC 314-55-077, or any cannabis retailer licensed under WAC 314-55-079 that fails to comply with the provisions of WAC 246-80-021 under the authority of chapter 69.50 RCW. The emergency rules took effect immediately yesterday upon filing with the Code Reviser’s Office.

Rescinded Emergency Rules WAC 314-55-1065 and 314-55-1055, regarding the LCB Vitamin E Acetate Prohibition and Cannabis Product Disclosure Form

Washington State Liquor And Cannabis Board Action

WASHINGTON: This week, during a regularly scheduled meeting, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board took the following action:

Approved a pre-proposal statement of inquiry (CR 101) to consider rule amendments that would allow the Board to take disciplinary action against any licensed marijuana processor or retailer failing to comply with the provisions of WAC 246-80-021, concerning the sale of vitamin E acetate. These amendments would update current emergency rules requiring the same compliance, but authorized under WSLCB authority. No other amendments or revisions to WAC 314-55-077 or WAC 314-55-079 are being considered at this time.

Rescinded Board Interim Policy (BIP) 03-2018 regarding temporary suspension of 24-hour “quarantine” for marijuana licensees prior to transferring product, referring specifically to WAC 314-55-083(40(g) and (f) as they existed in rule at that time. BIP 03-2018 was designed to be rescinded upon adoption of rules to implement the policy.

On October 31, 2018, the Board adopted several revisions to chapter 314-55 WAC, including revisions to WAC 314-55-083. These were filed with the Code Reviser as WSR 18-22-055. Specifically, WAC 314-55-083(4)(g) and (h) were completely removed from the subsection, as was any reference to a 24-hour “quarantine” period. The rules became effective on December 1, 2018. As a result, BIP 03-2018 is no longer necessary

Civil Survival Project Sues Washington State and Counties For Unconstitutional Simple Drug Possession Penalties

WASHINGTON:  Civil Survival Project announced today that it is suing Washington State, King County, and Snohomish County on behalf of participants wrongfully convicted of simple narcotics possession under RCW 69.50.4013. As these participants had been convicted under an invalidated and unconstitutional law, Civil Survival is pursuing the cancellation of all legal financial obligations imposed under the statute, as well as return of all funds paid to date by individuals sentenced for simple possession. Representing Civil Survival and its members are the law firms of Outten & Golden LLP and Frank Freed Subit & Thomas LLP, as well as the Public Defender Association.

On February 25, 2021 in State v. Blake, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington struck down RCW 69.50.4013, the state’s strict liability felony drug possession statute, as unconstitutional. Under this statute, thousands of Washingtonians have been unduly penalized for simple possession of drugs. Drug prohibition has historically had a disproportionate impact on communities of color, putting legally innocent individuals under the duress of crippling debt, in addition to incarceration and other adverse consequences.

Civil Survival’s suit begins the process of remediation for the impacts of criminalization of drug possession and repairing harms against those who have been unjustly punished. Fines and fees are only a part of the injury that Civil Survival members and many others have suffered, but restoring these funds and canceling outstanding debt owed from these convictions is an immediate first step.

“I’ve seen first-hand how families were torn apart in the name of a war on drugs and tough-on-crime policies starting with minor offenses like possession,” said Cory Walster, community organizer for Civil Survival. “Rather than receiving help and wrap-around services [after my first drug conviction], we were given punitive punishment and a criminal record. Since the Blake decision, I have seen people in our community break down in tears thinking about all of the ‘what if’s’ and ‘if only’s,’ imagining what they could have been had they not gotten caught up in this system. Although we cannot change the past, now is the time to begin making things right.”

“As a result of the Blake decision, I have seen hope restored to many of those in the Civil Survival community as they think about the freedom that comes with vacating felony drug possession charges,” said Kelly Olson, policy manager for Civil Survival. “We have to stop criminalizing mental health issues and substance use disorders and treat the underlying trauma people are trying to heal from.”

In recent years, King and Snohomish Counties have been leaders in reducing the number of individuals facing prosecution and conviction for simple possession. These counties have instituted alternatives to prosecution and declined to file many drug possession cases in recognition that substance use issues do not belong in the criminal legal system. Their elected prosecutors recently both testified in support of HB 1499, a legislative proposal to decriminalize simple possession of drugs and instead invest in outreach, treatment and recovery supports for people with substance use disorders. Additionally, King County supported that effort with legislative advocacy. These two counties are defendants, not because they are uniquely responsible, but because the entire machinery of the criminal legal system throughout our state has been engaged in imposition of penalties under this invalid law.  We now need a process to rapidly undo that harm, even in the jurisdictions that commendably have recently recognized that we have been on the wrong path for decades.

“The Washington Supreme Court’s Blake decision is a victory for racial justice and the rule of law,” said Adam T. Klein, managing partner for Outten & Golden LLP. “As noted by the Court, the felony drug possession statute ‘has affected thousands upon thousands of lives, and its impact has hit young men of color especially hard.’ This lawsuit is intended to restore the rights of people – and notably a disproportionate number of Black and Latino people – who were convicted of an unconstitutional and unduly harsh statute that included prison time and severe costs and fines.”

Gov. Inslee Appoints David Postman as Chair of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board

WASHINGTON:  The Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) today announces that Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed David Postman as Chair of the LCB Board.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Postman had served as Gov. Inslee’s chief of staff from Dec. 2015 until Nov. 15, 2020. He served in the Inslee Administration since the governor took office in 2013, first serving as his executive director of communications. Before joining the administration, Postman served as a senior director at Vulcan Inc., the company headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Mr. Postman has a 26-year career as an award-winning journalist in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, including 14 years working as a political reporter for The Seattle Times.

“David has extensive experience bringing people together to work through complex and difficult issues,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “He is able to listen to divergent viewpoints and synthesize feedback to move toward resolution. He is committed to transparency and openness, and knows state government well. I know David will make an excellent addition to the LCB Board and I am so glad that he will continue to serve the people of Washington.”

The Board is composed of three members appointed by the Governor to six-year terms. The Board holds regular public meetings and work sessions with stakeholders, makes policy and budget decisions, and adjudicates contested license applications and enforcement actions on licensees. Board members also hired the agency’s Director, Rick Garza, who manages day-to-day operations. The agency has licensing, enforcement, tax collection and/or regulatory roles concerning alcohol, cannabis, vape and tobacco. It has a staff of approximately 350.

“David has been part of the LCB’s efforts to help get Washington’s pioneering regulated cannabis system off the ground from the beginning,” said Garza. “He helped demonstrate to the U.S. Dept. of Justice that Washington State could safely implement a safe and orderly system. Ultimately, the Justice Department issued the Cole Memo which stipulated the federal government’s concerns going forward.”

Mr. Postman succeeds former Board Chair Jane Rushford whose term expired in Feb. 2021.

“Jane served as the consummate professional. I thank her for her service to the Board, its employees and for her many contributions,” said Postman. “I am looking forward to carrying on efforts begun under her tenure, particularly the Board’s efforts to increase diversity and equity within the state’s regulated cannabis system.”

Mr. Postman begins his six-year term March 15, 2021. He joins current Board Members Ollie Garrett and Russ Hauge.

Leaf Data Systems Releases Washington Update

The below message is sent on behalf of Leaf Data Systems 

Hello Leaf Data Systems Washington Users,

 IMPORTANT CHANGES TO LEAF DATA SYSTEMS SUPPORT:

  1. Support Phone Number + New Benefits!
  2. New Knowledge Base and Support Portal

Leaf Data Systems’s Support phone number will be changing on Monday, March 1. After Sunday, February 28, Support phone calls should be directed to +1 (855)-657-2372. If you call the old phone number, you will be directed to call the new one.

 This new phone features a helpful new feature:

Callback Option – Press a button to save your spot in the Support queue and get a callback from a support technician once they become available.

In addition to the phone change, we will also be launching an awesome new Knowledge Base, featuring comprehensive resources, including:

  • A new portal to log-in and view support related information – Available via support.mjfreeway.com starting Monday, March 1
  • New or updated articles published on a weekly basis
  • Technical release notes
  • Ability to submit and track Support Tickets

Here are some introductory resources to get you familiar prior to the change:

We have made these changes to serve you better. For any questions between now and Monday, you may still use the existing phone number or email via wasupport@leafdatasystems.com.

Thank you,

Leaf Data Systems Team

Washington: Cannabis Testing Lab Praxis Shut Down For Falsifying Test Results

More than 1200 sample tests given elevated THC potency results by lab in Lewis Co.

WASHINGTON:  The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) issued a summary suspension of Praxis Laboratory’s certification to conduct quality assurance located in Centralia, Washington was found to have falsified testing data to provide high tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) potency results for more than 1200 samples of cannabis.

During the investigation the lab owner attempted to destroy evidence of falsified data in an effort to obstruct LCB’s ability to conduct a complete investigation.

Labeling cannabis with falsely high THC potency levels is a form of consumer deception and is prohibited under Washington law. THC is the natural chemical compound responsible for cannabis’s psychoactive effect. Because of this, cannabis users seeking more pronounced psychoactive results may choose to buy cannabis with higher levels of THC.

The summary suspension is effective for 180 days beginning December 10, 2020 until June 8, 2021. During that time the WSLCB will seek permanent revocation of the “marijuana laboratory” certification due to fraud, and the subsequent investigation obstruction. Moving forward, the lab will no longer be allowed to test cannabis for licensees in Washington.

The LCB educates licensees to reach compliance and enforces Washington’s liquor, cannabis, vape and tobacco laws and regulations. The WSLCB is mandated to ensure that licensees in Washington State follow state laws and regulations. When licensees fail to comply with state law, the Board, under state authority can take action including the issuance of suspensions to ensure public health and safety.

Washington: Joint Law Enforcement Operation Finds Illegal Marijuana Operation In Puyallup Home

More than 100 pounds of marijuana, 678 plants, grow equipment and car seized

WASHINGTON:  Officers from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) and the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force (TNT) served a search warrant on a Puyallup residence that was found to be growing marijuana without any type of cannabis production, processing, or retail license. The illegal grow was located in unincorporated Pierce County on the 12000 block of Woodland Avenue East, Puyallup, WA.

Officers identified and seized 687 plants and approximately 100 pounds of marijuana that had been commercially packaged. In addition, officers seized a significant amount of growing equipment and a car associated with the illegal operation.

Officers found pesticides on site that would not be legal to apply to marijuana plants in a licensed operation in Washington State. Illegal electrical and other modifications to the house and outbuildings indicated that the residence was repurposed solely for the illegal production of marijuana.

A Kent resident who was associated with the growing operation was arrested and felony charges for the illegal manufacture and possession of a controlled substance have been recommended.

The Thurston County Drug Task Force and the Liquor and Cannabis Board received multiple complaints regarding the illegal marijuana grow. Neighbors complained that a strong odor of marijuana had been emanating from the house since 2017, after the cash sale of the residence to a person who never resided there. The LCB officers obtained a search warrant for the home which was served in conjunction with the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force.

The LCB educates licensees to reach compliance and enforces Washington’s liquor, cannabis, vape and tobacco laws and regulations. The WSLCB is mandated to ensure that licensees in Washington State follow state laws and regulations. When licensees fail to comply with state law, the Board, under state authority can take action including the issuance of suspensions to ensure public health and safety.

Missouri Health & Wellness Announces Grand Opening for Cannabis Dispensary in Washington

MISSOURI: Missouri Health & Wellness (MH&W), a medical cannabis company licensed to operate five dispensaries in the state, announced today that its Washington location will be open for business on November 30 th. The Washington location is one of five dispensaries operated by MH&W and was one of the first approved by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to operate in the state. MH&W also owns and operates dispensaries in Belton, Kirksville, Jefferson City and Sedalia.

“This has been a long time coming and we are excited to finally bring medical cannabis to Washington, Franklin County and the surrounding areas,” said Randy Stambaugh, MH&W’s statewide manager. “I can’t say enough about the support we have received from the City of Washington, the business community and the residents.”