Alan Kwan, One Tech, Is Redefining FinTech for Legal Cannabis

NEVADA: Australian technology entrepreneur Alan Kwan has quickly become a major player in the fast-growing United States digital payments market, and he and his partner now set their eyes on helping the cannabis sector. Their technology services company, One Tech Platform, owns the US patent for the use and application of fundamental steps governing the use of QR code technology by smartphones that makes it easier to extract and share information contained in QR codes.

QR codes contain 200X more information than traditional barcodes and One Tech is building systems that will make it cheaper and easier for merchants to set up businesses that run on their QR technology.   The One Tech platform addresses several concerns bankers may have – one of the largest is that its platform allows users to meet their obligations under the US Banking Services Act via an unbreakable audit trail. The company provides Federal and State regulators full transparency across business-to-business and business to consumer transactions.

 

MJNews caught up with Alan Kwan at the MJBizCon 2021 trade show in Las Vegas, where we had a chance to discuss the many challenges that the cannabis market faces, and how the industry is underbanked because of the resistance from traditional banks to provide basic business services to companies within this fast-growing sector.

MJNews: Good morning to another episode of Marijuana Channel One today we are streaming live from MJBizCon 2021 here in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the cannabis industry has taken a break from the pandemic and re-emerged to exchange information, build community and explore opportunity.  It’s my pleasure to meet with Alan Kwan who is one of the founders of One Tech, a new financial technology platform for the cannabis space.  Alan has a very interesting background so I’m looking forward to a great conversation.  Good morning, Alan.

AK: Good morning.

MJNews:  You’re Australian.  You have a background in banking, and you’ve got some really interesting investments in things like vision technology for the blind and cyber security, how did you get into the crazy cannabis financial technology space?

AK: Well, it all began with hard money lending and I’m very diversified in my investments: I run two public companies, and i also run a fund that invests in biotechnology, hence my. investment into the bionic eye in Australia.  I was in property development in the US and I sold out of those developments and. had some free cash and i was approached by some cannabis guys wanting to look at buying warehouses etc., so I was doing convertible notes, and it’s fairly easy to do loans here given its community-based law — you know, you can run promissory notes so essentially that’s how it started.   And that sort of piqued my interest.  These guys that are hugely successful in their field but unable to have the proper financial support.  So I looked at the legislation to try to understand the dichotomy.  I read the Cole memo and tried to see how I could participate and how I could solve this thing.

 

Serendipitously, we have a number of investments in QR Code technologies out of China,  and also I have a technology firm in Singapore that I’ve been director of for the last 20 years. We are ERP specialists, so we’ve been partners with SAP and we’ve been involved in the Monopoly ETF platform over there, so combining these skill sets I thought [made sense].  I was approached by a reverse ATM company, and so I flew over to Blackhawk Technology put in a hundred dollars and I thought ‘oh wow. it got stuck!’   How are you supposed to manage this hardware in thousands of dispensaries across the United States? And doing further study, I thought ‘oh well it’s probably not kosher to do workarounds.’

Prior to Covid, I was flying to Sacramento where I met with [California Cannabis Czar] Laurie Ajax.  At that time there was the vaping issue, and she was suggesting you should scan the QR Code, but a static QR Code doesn’t really mean anything unless it’s part of a providence chain,  So what the Singapore government has done with the popularity of QR Code-based wallets…  what they call SGQR so they will disseminate the original QR Code. So, our company bought the rights to a

QR Code scanning technology that precedes WeChat.  In China, 98 percent of the population pay by scanning QR Code, Alipay, wepay and that sort of thing. so I was able to meet the SAP scientists that developed that technology. I took the rights to the U.S., hoping that I could work with a federally-governed bank to solve this issue of banking.  And so I teamed up with a firm in California Umberg/Zipser and the founder of that, Tom Umberg, a California State Senator who was very much involved in trying to  shape that landscape, and be involved in safe banking.

I met with City Mayors and it’s really a workaround, I mean even the money that they take, so what One Tech can do is sort of a process where all the participants have to be involved and if the bureau or any agency was to disseminate that code then it would have to run across from manufacturing through laboratory tests etc.

And so that sort of information can then be embedded within the QR Code. It’s cheap to generate a QR Code.  It doesn’t cost anything: you don’t need infrastructure, or the sort of major costs involved — CapEx — in terms of running your business.

We met with the owner of Metrc, and were able to work with them to become an approved partner, so we can integrate with almost with every sort of [POS and traceability] software around. Aand that essentially means [compliance with] the [state] marijuana amendments,  as they look [ensuring] product does not cross state lines, and that you’re not selling to minors.  And you’re able to set from a banking point of view what would then be a suspicious activity report, so if there’s any discrepancy between your stock and what you’ve sold etc.   We all know that a lot of businesses have to do that in order to survive, but you know it’s almost tightening the screws and ensuring that there is no money laundering and you could only really achieve that if you have that providence chain.

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Eaze Launches First Shoppable Cannabis Delivery App for Apple

CALIFORNIA: Eaze, the nation’s largest cannabis delivery marketplace, today announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind shoppable app for iPhone users. Available for download today via the Apple App Store, the app allows customers to complete all aspects of cannabis purchase and delivery, making it even easier and more convenient for consumers to access safe, legal products. 

The shoppable Eaze app is a major milestone for the legal cannabis market and consumers. Apple has long prohibited full e-commerce functionality, forcing customers to complete transactions through the Eaze.com website. Apple recently changed that policy, enabling Eaze to create a shopping experience that is easier, more fun, and reflects how many people actually shop today.

The Eaze app allows customers to complete all aspects of delivery seamlessly: registration, ID verification, product selection, payment, and receipt to the doorstep.

“Eaze has always been about using the latest developments in technology to make shopping for legal cannabis more accessible,” said Eaze CEO Rogelio Choy. “It’s hard to overstate how important this is to our company and the industry. It’s deeply gratifying to launch the Apple Store’s first fully-functional cannabis delivery app, making it even easier for our two million registered customers to legally consume.”

The Eaze app features:

  • On-Demand Delivery, Order Tracking, and Easy Payment: Cannabis delivered safely to the door of customers verified 21+, real-time order tracking and easy payment via debit card, bank account, or cash.
  • Amazing Deals: Shop Eaze’s selection of rotating deals for the biggest blaze for your buck.
  • Dank Selection: Shop Eaze’s highly curated selection of the best brands for the best value, including Kiva Confections, STIIIZY, Old Pal, Circles, Plus, and many more.
  • Cannabis for a Cause: Eaze always stocks BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and women-owned brands — including Leune, DREAMT, and SF Roots — so customers can spend on what matters.

“The flexibility and depth of our technical team allowed us to respond immediately to the changes in Apple’s policy, and create an app that offers our customers the ideal experience for cannabis delivery,” said Eaze Distinguished Engineer CJ Silverio.

Eaze’s app was developed in-house and geofences purchases to jurisdictions where cannabis is legal. Eaze currently delivers across California, and will begin delivery in Michigan later this month. In accordance with state and local laws, sales are limited to adults 21+ and all customer IDs are verified multiple times throughout the purchase and delivery process.

Customers can download the app today and use code “EAZE20” to get $20 off their first delivery.

Metrc Awarded Oklahoma Seed To Sale Contract

OKLAHOMA: The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has signed a contract with Metrc, a national company in 14 states, for the implementation of a statewide seed-to-sale tracking system. The contract creates a system to track marijuana plants and products from a plant’s growth stage through sale to patients. It serves as part of OMMA’s larger efforts to ensure accountability and safety within the state’s medical marijuana industry.

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OMMA Interim Director Dr. Kelly Williams said “The seed-to-sale system will greatly expand our compliance capabilities and improve the effectiveness and speed of any future recall efforts. It will also allow us to detect unusual patterns that may indicate product diversion.”

Metrc offers integration features with many seed-to-sale software systems used at an individual-level by licensees, and all commercial licensees in the state will be required to either integrate with or input their information into the state’s seed-to-sale system.

Dr. Williams added, “We know that businesses will have many questions in the coming weeks, and we will answer them as quickly as possible.” OMMA will also keep the public updated as the system is implemented. It is expected to take up to six months.

Eaze Announces Major Expansion Of Social Equity Menu In Los Angeles

Menu expansion promotes Black-owned cannabis brands, establishes industry-leading support for equity license holders, and encourages conscious consumption

CALIFORNIA: Eaze, California’s largest marketplace for legal cannabis, today announced expanded efforts to support an equitable cannabis industry: A major menu expansion in Los Angeles featuring Black and POC-owned brands, and the Social Equity Partners Program, a multi-point initiative to assist and elevate equity license holders.

Eaze’s Social Equity Partners Menu, which already features well-recognized brands Cloud 9, KGB Reserve, and SF Roots in Northern California, is debuting all of its equity brands in the greater Los Angeles market and welcoming LA-based Dreamt, Blaqstar Farms, and Bay Area-based James Henry SF and Oakland Extracts to the menu.

The menu makes it easy for consumers to support a diverse industry, and address the War on Drugs’ disproportionate effects on the BIPOC community, by putting their dollars toward these brands. Customers can simply visit Eaze.com to order products, which range from unique flower to prerolls to a sleep-aid vape pen.

In a first move for the cannabis industry, Eaze announced its multi-point Social Equity Partners Program, which provides brands with financial and operational support to help them scale and succeed on Eaze and beyond. Specifically, Social Equity Partners are eligible for a variety of benefits, including:

  • Preferred financing and payment structuring
  • Discounted access to Eaze Partner Portal data
  • Incorporation into the Eaze supply chain
  • Marketing and public relations support

Brands on Eaze’s Social Equity Menu must either hold a social equity license, or be actively engaged in the application process for an equity license in a city or county. Since Eaze launched its equity menu in the Bay Area market, social equity brands have been well received by consumers with high and consistent demand. To date, social equity brands have sold nearly $1M of products on the Eaze platform.

“We’re proud to offer these incredible brands industry-leading terms that support their growth by addressing chronic small business challenges that include access to capital, tight cash flow, and customer education,” said Darius Kemp, Eaze’s Head of Equity and Change. “Shopping these brands is one of the best ways consumers can support equity and consume conscientiously.”

“Consumers are more thoughtful than ever about the products they consume and ensuring they come from a brand that aligns with their values, and cannabis is no exception,” said LA-based Blaqstar Farms’ Founder and CEO Bryant Mitchell. “Eaze is an exceptional partner for Black-owned cannabis brands, allowing us to step into the spotlight and reach consumers who not only want a fantastic product but want to know their dollars are going towards a new generation of Black cannabis entrepreneurs.”

Eaze’s equity menu includes:

  • Blaqstar Farms: The son of the first Black police officer in the city of Orange, Texas, Bryant Mitchell grew up and saw many peers, family members and friends lost to and affected by the War on Drugs. It wasn’t until 2001, after he graduated college and went into consulting in the Bay Area, that he became immersed in cannabis and saw the results of pain relief and so many other benefits. These professional and life experiences led Bryant to establish Blaqstar Farms in 2012 in Los Angeles. A selection of Blaqstar Farms products, including premium flower The Glue, Thin Mint and Orange Rose to prerolls Boss OG, Doc OG, Super Sour and F3, are available the week of September 14 on Eaze.
  • Cloud9: Degi Simmons, founder of Oakland-based Cloud9, has been involved in cannabis commerce and culture since the earliest days of Proposition 215. As a beneficiary of Oakland’s Koncepts Cultural Gallery, an organization promoting art and education funded by Better Us dispensary, Degi partnered with cultivator and DJ Clayton Whitaker to form Cloud9 in 2010. A selection of Cloud9 flower, featuring Sour Diesel for sativa and Runtz for indica, are now available on Eaze.
  • Dreamt is an award-winning science-backed sleep aid created by Carolina Vazquez Mitchell, a nationally recognized cannabis scientist. Dreamt’s 45-night pen and 30-night tincture contain THC, CBD, melatonin, valerian root, and terpenes, and are now available on Eaze.
  • James Henry SF: Co-founders Henry Alston and James Victor are on a mission to improve the stigma surrounding cannabis consumption through quality branded products and Black entrepreneurship. By partnering with accomplished medical doctors and scientists who understand the medical value of endocannabinoid therapy, James Henry SF promotes responsible consumption for a responsible lifestyle. A selection of James Henry SF flower, including hybrids Donnie B and True Ryder and social flower Lemon Jack and Tropical Slice, are now available on Eaze.
  • KGB Reserve: KGB stands for killer green bud, the main ingredient used in all of their products. As a self funded equity company based out of Oakland, KGB Reserve is grateful for its place in the legal cannabis space. They stand for unity and believe in equality. Currently known for their top shelf infused products, KGB Reserve has consistently been on Eaze’s list of top 10 pre-roll brands in the Bay Area since its launch. KGB Reserve’s Sauce Pen, Bambino and Torpedo products are now available on Eaze.
  • Oakland Extracts: Oakland Extracts, a Black-owned business, began as a way to bring the community together. Founders Terryn Niles Buxton and Aaron Tran saw prices climbing with legalization and realized there was a need for people in Oakland to have access to quality cannabis at an affordable price. Over the years, they fine-tuned a proprietary technique that allows for maximum terpene retention. Oakland Extracts’ Red Congolese Cookie Crumble Wax is now on Eaze.
  • SF Roots: Founder and CEO Morris Kelly started in the cannabis industry 13 years ago making edibles under Proposition 215 for local collectives, then launched Greencuredelivery cannabis delivery service in 2015. “Equity is about leveling the playing field for companies who paved the way for this economic green rush,” said Kelly. “We’re this industry’s originators, it’s about getting consumers to support equity brands every day. We are partnering with Eaze to ensure that happens.”

Eaze has long worked to help build a more equitable cannabis industry. With access to capital serving as one of many barriers for new entrepreneurs in the space, Eaze launched Momentum—a business accelerator to cultivate the growth and success of underrepresented cannabis business founders—in September 2019. Eaze’s social impact work also includes a partnership with Code for America to help clear 250,000 low level criminal offenses; a permanent 25% discount for U.S. veterans; partnerships with Success Centers SF and the San Francisco AIDS project; and a $25,000 contribution to the NAACP, among others.

To learn more about Eaze’s Social Equity Partners Program, read our latest blog from Darius Kemp.

Helix Technologies Launches Nation’s First Online MMJ Reciprocity Platform In New Mexico

COLORADO:  Helix Technologies, announced today that New Mexico’s online medical marijuana reciprocity portal is live and has been serving out of state patients living or vacationing in New Mexico for almost a month as of this writing.

The system, which is the first of its kind for US medical cannabis programs, allows state regulators to electronically register and track out of state patients into the patient registry. The system decreases time and costs associated with paper only patient registries and allows the state to track and enforce dispensing limits in real time to prevent potential diversion to the black market.

The new platform benefits all stakeholders in the New Mexico industry as it allows out of state patients a convenient way to access medical cannabis while enjoying the many outdoor and cultural opportunities in New Mexico. Since going live with the reciprocity module on July 1st, more than 1,700 out of state patients have been registered for the program. “We’re encouraged by the ability of this platform to assure people visiting New Mexico get the medicine they need when cannabis has been recommended as a treatment by their medical provider at home,” said New Mexico Department of Health Medical Cannabis Program Director Dr. Dominick Zurlo. “We appreciate the efforts of Helix Biotrack to work with us toward the goal of assuring visiting patients experience uninterrupted treatment and relief for their medical conditions.”

“We are always looking for ways to work with our Government partners to improve transparency, ease of use, and ultimately public safety,” said Helix Biotrack COO Dr. Moe Afaneh. “This is the first step towards digitally bridging states’ medical markets, while ultimately improving access for patients looking to explore New Mexico, bringing in new patients for the industry, and saving everyone time and money in the process. We’re very proud to bring another industry-first innovation to Seed to Sale Tracking, with more to come.”

CannaTech Tel Aviv & PsyTech Summit Postponed

New Dates

PsyTech Summit: June 14-15, 2020

CannaTech Tel Aviv: June 15-16, 2020

ISRAEL: In light of developing circumstances with the COVID-19 coronavirus and based on recommendations from the Israeli Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CannaTech Tel Aviv and PsyTech Summit are postponed.  PsyTech Summit will take place June 14-15 and CannaTech, June 15-16, 2020.

Saul Kaye, CEO of iCAN: Israel-Cannabis commented: “Our number one concern is the health and safety of our attendees and speakers, our partners, our colleagues and our vendors. While we are disappointed to postpone both CannaTech Tel Aviv and PsyTech Summit, we are very confident it will be worth the wait.

“We thank our sponsors and attendees for their understanding and wish all those affected by the virus our very best. We are fully committed to create beautifully crafted events in June that will showcase the brands and solutions that fuel this industry.”

U.S. District Court Dismisses TCPA Lawsuit Against Eaze, Upholding The Ability Of Legal Cannabis Industry To Enter Binding Contracts

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Ruling sets important precedent for both California’s legal cannabis market and legal cannabis industry in America

CALIFORNIA: Eaze Technologies, Inc. today announced that it obtained a complete dismissal of Williams v. Eaze, Inc., a putative nationwide class action lawsuit brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), by successfully enforcing the arbitration agreement in its Terms of Service.

In her lawsuit, Plaintiff Farrah Williams, attempted to circumvent the arbitration agreement in Eaze’s Terms of Service by arguing that cannabis contracts cannot be “formed” because cannabis is illegal under federal law. The court rejected this claim, thus preserving the ability of cannabis businesses, operating where cannabis is legal under state law, to enter into and enforce basic contracts with customers, individuals, and other businesses.

“This ruling is enormously important for the entire industry, as contracts across California and nationally could have been invalidated had the court found for the Plaintiff,” said Andrea Lobato, Chief Risk Officer at Eaze. “We are pleased to have successfully defended the basic right of legal cannabis companies to enter into contracts.”

After substantial briefing and argument led by Boies Schiller Flexner partners, Albert Giang and Michael Roth, the district court concluded that a proper contract had been formed, delegated other disputes to the arbitrator, and dismissed Plaintiff’s nationwide class action. Specifically, while noting that the case raises interesting issues about “ganjapreneurship,” the Court concluded that Eaze’s business “is legal under California state law” and arbitration was required under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”).

“The court correctly found that cannabis companies are not barred from forming and enforcing basic contracts, and that Eaze’s business is legal under California state law,” said Giang. This ruling sets an important precedent for California’s legal cannabis market, and more broadly for the legal cannabis industry in America.

 

Leafly Announces Leafly Learn Online Education Platform for Training & Certifying Budtenders

WASHINGTON: Leafly, the world’s leading cannabis resource, today announced Leafly Learn, an online education platform created to empower cannabis retail workers to serve customers with confidence. To celebrate, Leafly is hosting a 16-city tour across North America to bring Leafly Learn directly to budtenders. Leafly Learn and the Budtender Education Tour will teach budtenders about the science of cannabis and how it can be applied to budtender best practices in order to help customers discover the products best suited for their needs.

“Budtenders are the face of the cannabis industry and the frontline for guiding customers toward products that will work best for them,” said Rebecca Kelley, content director at Leafly. “We built Leafly Learn with an understanding of the crucial role budtenders play in educating customers, and created this learning platform so that budtenders everywhere can feel supported in their careers and have more confidence in their product recommendations.”

Leafly Learn will be exclusively available to retailer clients of Leafly, who can use the curriculum and the newly unveiled Leafly Cannabis Guide to provide training to budtenders as part of their professional development. According to the 2019 Leafly Jobs Report, there are more than 211,000 jobs in legal cannabis, many of which are budtenders new to the industry. According to a recent industry report, more than 90 per cent of consumers seriously consider a budtender’s recommendation when making a purchase decision, highlighting the need for budtender education efforts like Leafly Learn.

To kick off this initiative, Leafly is taking Leafly Learn on the road to 16 cities across North America, meeting directly with thousands of budtenders to provide hands-on training based on the Leafly Cannabis Guide:

Leafly Learn Budtender Education Tour

  • Phoenix, AZ: October 7, 2019
  • Los Angeles, CA: October 10, 2019
  • Portland, OR: October 12, 2019
  • Vancouver, Canada: October 17, 2019
  • Seattle, WA: October 24-25, 2019
  • Calgary, Canada: October 30, 2019
  • Chicago, IL: November 4, 2019
  • Detroit, MI: November 5, 2019
  • Toronto, Canada: November 8, 2019
  • Boston, MA: November 11, 2019
  • Baltimore, MD: November 13, 2019
  • Orlando, FL: November 19, 2019
  • Miami, FL: November 21, 2019
  • Oklahoma City, OK: December 1, 2019
  • Denver, CO: December 4, 2019
  • Las Vegas, NV: December 9, 2019

“I was a budtender before I worked at Leafly, and I know a thousand questions come your way when helping customers select the right products. As the cannabis market expands and more people make careers of budtending, it’s a huge priority for us at Leafly to ensure budtenders have the support and education they need to make cannabis a positive experience for all customers,” said Maria Sharp, manager of partnerships and education at Leafly.

Retailers interested in Leafly Learn and the Budtender Education Tour can find more information here.

Eaze Launches Momentum Cannabis Business Accelerator

Program includes ten entrepreneurs; $50,000 grants; ten weeks of business-development courses; marketing and retail resources; access to industry-defining investors

CALIFORNIA: Cannabis marketplace Eaze and partners Ultranative and Bail Capital today announced the launch of Momentum, a business accelerator to cultivate the growth and success of underrepresented cannabis business founders. Access to capital is one of many enormous barriers for new entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. The Momentum program is a small but important step in addressing that issue.

The inaugural class will include ten participants who will receive a $50,000 grant; participate in a ten-week education program led by 40 industry volunteer experts; and have access to Eaze’s ecosystem of business, marketing and retailer resources. At Momentum’s conclusion, participants will pitch to industry-defining investors for the opportunity to raise additional funds to grow their businesses.

“Starting a new cannabis business can be especially challenging for entrepreneurs who have been historically marginalized or victimized by the War on Drugs,” said Jen Lujan, Director of Social Impact at Eaze. “All cannabis operators have a responsibility to help build a diverse and equitable industry, and Momentum is another way Eaze and our partners are supporting this important goal.”

Licensed founders — and those in the process of applying for licenses — who have faced social and economic barriers to entering the legal cannabis market are eligible to apply at Eaze.com/momentum. Applicants will be evaluated on a combination of potential for success, lived experience, and current barriers to entry. Applicants with THC businesses must be licensed through state and local jurisdictions; CBD businesses must be a part of the Federal hemp pilot program.

An advisory committee of investors, community advocates, and business leaders who have worked to create a diverse and equitable industry will evaluate applicants and choose Momentum’s participants. The committee includes:

  • Cannaclusive Co-Founder Mary Pryor
  • California Urban Partnership CEO Malaki Seku Amen
  • CEO of Make Green Go La Wanda Knox
  • Padre Mu Delivery and Distribution co-founder and SF Equity Working Group co-founder Ramon Garcia
  • Ultranative Co-Founder Ford Smith
  • Bail Capital Partner Zack Carpenter
  • Marijuana Policy Project Executive Director Steve Hawkins
  • Leune CEO Nidhi Lucky Handa

“We see a huge opportunity to partner with Momentum as part of our efforts to build a diverse industry, while providing support and resources that small businesses in the cannabis industry need to become more profitable and sustainable,” said Smith.

“Momentum creates an exciting opportunity to build and expand relationships between founders and industry leaders working together to form a strong and equitable cannabis industry. We’re honored to partner with Eaze to support unique brands, increase revenue for impacted communities, and ultimately achieve greater diversity in cannabis culture,” said Amen.

Momentum is part of Eaze’s overall commitment to addressing the impact of the War on Drugs on local communities. Eaze’s social impact work includes a partnership with Code for America to help clear 250,000 low level criminal offenses; a permanent 25% discount for U.S. veterans; and partnerships with Success Centers SF and the San Francisco AIDS project, among others. Interested Momentum applicants can find more information at Eaze.com/momentum. Program sponsors include: Ultranative, Bail Capital and Select.

 

WSLCB Changes Reporting Requirements In Response To Leaf Traceability System Disruptions

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Maintain Traceability. All labs, licensees, and integrators must maintain records ensuring all product is traced from producers to retail sales.
  3. Maintain Test Accuracy. Any traceability workaround must not compromise or misrepresent true test results of products involved in Quality Assurance (QA) testing.
  4. 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.