WASHINGTON: WSLCB September 16 Board Activity

WASHINGTON: The WSLCB Board met yesterday, September 16, 2020. During the meeting, the following actions were taken:

Oregon Marijuana Retail Licensees Allowed To Provide Curbside Delivery

Temporary Rule Aligns With Governor’s Executive Order to Promote Social Distancing

OREGON: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved a temporary rule that supports social distancing to promote prevention of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, by allowing licensed marijuana retailers to conduct limited transactions outside their licensed premises.  The action will permit retail licensees to take orders and deliver product from the retail store to a person who is outside of the store and within 150 feet of the retailer’s licensed premises.

At an emergency meeting to consider temporary rules impacting the business activity of OLCC licensees in the alcohol and marijuana industry, the Commission took its action to promote social distancing in the wake of the COVID-19 virus.  The Commission’s action aligns with the Governor’s Executive Order that prohibits public gatherings of 25 people or more, and encourages people to distance themselves by at least 3 feet while in public.

The temporary rule also increases the amount of flower that OMMP cardholders and caregivers can purchase to 24 ounces per day and no more than 32 ounces per month. This change temporarily increases the daily purchase limit for OMMP cardholders to match their personal possession limit. This rule does not change the total monthly amount a cardholder or caregiver is currently permitted to purchase from an OLCC-licensed retailer.

The temporary action that the Commission has taken is designed to balance the protection of public health while at the same time helping struggling businesses.  Marijuana industry guidance can be found here.

“Every single decision that this agency is making, both for the liquor and the marijuana industries, are there for the consideration of helping people make a living and continue to make a living,” said Paul Rosenbaum, OLCC Commission Chair.

During the period of March 1-18, 2020, OLCC marijuana retailers have seen a 25-30% increase in sales compared to the same period last year.  Retail marijuana stores remain open, but these changes will let them operate in a way that is consistent with the guidance from the Executive Order by decreasing in-store activity.

However the OLCC made it clear that if individual licensees take advantage of the temporary rule by disrupting public safety or public health that the rule could be suspended for the whole industry.

“We’re asking our retailers to make sure to work with the community and local officials so that this can happen in a safe and non-obstructive way to city services, otherwise we’ll need to make changes,” said Steve Marks, OLCC Executive Director.

WSLCB Notice Of Rule Making: Pesticides Emergency Rules

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board filed Emergency Rules with the Code Reviser’s Office for Chapter 314-55 WAC.

The board approved refiling emergency rules for WAC 314-55-108, Pesticide action levels to continue requirements until permanent rules become effective. The rules become effective today, April 19, 2017, and expire August 19, 2017, or when permanent rules take effect, whichever is sooner.

Permanent rule-making on this subject is in progress.

This notice and copy of the emergency rule can be found at lcb.wa.gov/laws/laws-and-rules under Recently Adopted Rules.

Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board Files For Emergency Testing Rules

NOTICE OF RULE MAKING – Emergency Rules – #16-42

 WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board filed Emergency Rules with the Code Reviser’s Office for Chapter 314-55 WAC.

The board approved refiling emergency rules for WAC 314-55-1025, Proficiency testing, and 314-55-1035, Laboratory certification – Suspension and revocation. The rules become effective today, December 7, 2016, and expire on April 6, 2017. Rulemaking to establish permanent rules on these subjects is currently underway. These emergency rules are to maintain requirements until permanent rules take effect.

This notice can be found at lcb.wa.gov/laws/laws-and-rules under Recently Adopted Rules.