WSLCB Revises Draft Marijuana Rules Following Public Comment Period

WASHINGTON: Following six public hearings held throughout the state, the Liquor and Cannabis Board (Board) today voted to revise the draft rules to accommodate public input it received on its original draft rules. The draft rules are necessary to implement 2015 legislation which aligns the medical marijuana market with the existing recreational market. Under the revised rules timeline, a public hearing would be held Feb. 10, 2016, with the Board being asked to adopt the rules on Feb. 24, 2016. If adopted, the rules become effective March 24, 2016.

“We spent many hours listening to and reviewing public comment,” said Board Chair Jane Rushford. “Since the beginning, this has been and open and transparent process. Today’s revised rules reflect the Board’s continued commitment to transparency and the willingness to listen and make adjustments that may improve the rules.”

Some highlights of the rule revisions include:

  • Removing language prohibiting the use of terpenes and cannabinoids;
  • Removing proposed language requiring re-testing after 30 days;
  • Removing the six month residency requirement for financiers (allows out of state financiers);
  • Removing the language prohibiting characterizing flavors for inhalants;
  • Changing delivery time from 24 to 48 hours;
  • Adding that “Mr. Yuk” stickers be applied to all labels for infused edible and liquid products;
  • Adding Employment Security Department and Labor and Industry taxes and fees as a licensing requirement for being current on taxes.

A summary sheet of the full list of revisions can be found here.

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