WASHINGTON: The Liquor and Cannabis Board this week took action to address challenges faced by cannabis licensees following the most recent software changes to the Leaf Traceability System.
It is the Board’s intent to provide some reporting flexibility to facilitate licensees’ ability to comply with state laws and regulations in light of the challenges created by the changes to the system.
In Board Interim Policy (13-2019), signed July 23, 2019 and effective immediately, the Board eased certain traceability reporting requirements for licensees.
The Board is committed to working with licensees, labs, and integrators to ensure their business operations can be maintained without compromising public health and safety. As such, effective immediately, the LCB will allow licensees, labs, and integrators flexibility to develop workarounds to problems directly associated with the lab test data and manifest information that remain unresolved by recent fixes to the System. These workarounds may vary from the lab test and manifest standards delineated in WAC 314-55-102 and WAC 314-55-085 to the extent necessary and so long as the workarounds continue to meet the following four conditions.
- Report Workarounds. Any workaround adopted by licensee or integrator must be reported to the LCB prior to use. A dedicated email address is provided for that requirement.
- Maintain Traceability. All labs, licensees, and integrators must maintain records ensuring all product is traced from producers to retail sales.
- Maintain Test Accuracy. Any traceability workaround must not compromise or misrepresent true test results of products involved in Quality Assurance (QA) testing.
- Maintain Product Safety. All products must maintain accurate packaging, labeling and all pesticide requirements.
For a complete list of Board Interim Policies, please visit the Liquor and Cannabis Board website at lcb.wa.gov.