Washington: WSLCB Virtual Listen and Learn Forum: Rules Regarding Tier 1 Producer Licensing, Session #1

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is hosting two Listen and Learn forums about the current rules regarding marijuana producer licenses, specifically the consideration of revisions and new rule sections that would incrementally expand the plant canopy square footage allowed for licensed Tier 1 producers. This is the first of two planned sessions. Session #1 will cover WAC 314-55-075 Sections 1 through 5. Session #2 will focus on Sections 6 through 11. The full text of WAC 314-55-075 is provided here.

Please join us virtually on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. via WebEx in alignment with guidance and recommendations issued by the Governor’s office.

As you may recall, the Board began to consider revisions to existing producer license rules by initiating a formal rule inquiry on December 18, 2019. The Pre-proposal Statement of Inquiry filed by the Liquor and Cannabis Board may be found here.

The Board has received requests from medical marijuana patients and segments of the industry to increase the availability of Department of Health (DOH) compliant product in licensed retail stores. The Board has also learned that smaller producers are concerned about business sustainability based on canopy space restrictions. Recognizing this, the Board would like to explore the ways that it can support Tier 1 producer business viability. Revisions considered may also include clarifying and technical updates to existing rule within the scope of this topic.

An agenda is attached to help you prepare. Please come prepared to offer feedback and suggestions regarding this rule section.

If you wish to join us virtually, we’d like to offer the following reminders:

  • Virtual participation will be structured to allow one speaker at a time though the hand-raising feature on WebEx.
  • If you experience difficulty with audio or visual elements of virtual participation, please be patient.

Please remember that we are still in the developmental phase of rule-making, and there are not yet any proposed or final rules amendments. To help you prepare for this listen/learn/contribute forum, please review the guidance document prepared for this and future forums.

Questions? Contact Casey Schaufler at casey.schaufler@lcb.wa.gov

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WSLCB Announces Marijuana Packaging Listen And Learn Forum

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is hosting a day-long Listen and Learn forum concerning draft conceptual marijuana packaging and labeling rules (red-line version; non-red-line version). An agenda is attached to help you prepare.

Please join us on Friday, October 11, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at our Headquarters Boardroom, located at 1025 Union Avenue SE, in downtown Olympia. You may also attend via webinar.

Revisions of the draft conceptual marijuana packaging and labeling rules include:

  • Packaging thickness of 2 mil. or greater (formerly 4 mil.);
  • Provision that marijuana infused edibles in liquid form may include a measuring device such as a measuring cup or dropper; hash marks on the bottle or container qualify as a measuring device;
  • Inclusion of framework for therapeutic claims, including definition of “structure and function” consistent with the requirements of ESHB 5298;
  • Strengthened existing language regarding listing compounds and other substances added to marijuana concentrates;
  • Alignment of references to child, youth, or minor to “persons under the age of twenty-one” to assure consistency; and
  • Complete redesign of WAC 314-55-105. The rule section begins with definitions. Then, each subsection addresses a specific type of product, and the specific packaging and labeling requirements for that product. This creates a framework for checklists being developed by LCB staff that will align with rule, and are anticipated to increase compliance success.

Additionally, this draft conceptual rule set contemplates withdrawal of BIPs 05-2018, 07-2018, 09-2018, 10-2018, and 14-2019.