WSLCB Looking For Panelists For Its First Deliberative Dialogue Sessions

Be a Panelist, Participant, or Listener

WASHINGTON:  Do you want to share your perspectives about cannabis quality assurance testing? Would you like to share your experiences with fellow licensees, consumers, and others? Would you like to be part of a different way of sharing information and gaining understanding?

If you answered “yes,” let us know!

WSLCB has been working on developing new cannabis product-testing rules. A public hearing on proposed rules was held on November 18, 2020. While we heard oral comment from many licensees, we would like to hear from everyone in the supply chain so we have a better understanding of the complete system – processors, producers, retailers, consumers, and others. And we want everyone in the supply chain to have an opportunity to hear the wide range of perspectives

We’d like to hear from everyone in the supply chain so we have a better understanding of the complete system – processors, producers, retailers, consumers, and others. And we want everyone in the supply chain to have an opportunity to hear the wide range of perspectives.

About the sessions

LCB’s Policy and Rules manager Kathy Hoffman will moderate three sessions with different panelists and topics. To get the conversation started the sessions begin with prepared questions for each panel, with time near the end for audience questions and participation (online of course). Our goal is to increase communication between consumers, licensees, labs, and the agency.

The three session dates and topics as follows:

  • January 28, 2020: Consumer Panel (4 -5 panelists)
  • February 4, 2020: Processor/Producer Panel (5-6 panelists)
  • February 11, 2020: Cannabis Testing Lab Panel (4 -5 panelists)

We want to make sure that each panel represents the rich diversity of our communities, license types, and growing practices. Can you help?

Please send the following information to rules@lcb.wa.gov, attention Kathy Hoffman by close of business (5PM) on TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2020:

  1. Your name
  2. Which of the three panels and dates you’d like to be considered for
  3. Your contact information (email and phone number)
  4. Tell us if you are a consumer, producer, processor, producer/processor, retailer or lab employee or owner
  5. If you are a processor, producer or processor/producer, tell us:
    • Your tier size (1, 2,or 3); whether you are an indoor or outdoor grower; and where you are located.
  6. Tell us three or four questions you’d like to ask others on your panel (for example, how do other producers sample? Or, when you purchase product, what are you looking for?)

We will be sending more information on the deliberative dialogue process, our panelist selection process, and other details.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to offer your perspectives on an important topic – send your information to rules@lcb.wa.gov, type in the subject line “Attention Kathy Hoffman” today!!

WSLCB Notice Of Proposed Rules (CR-102), Pre-proposal Filing (CR-101) And BIP-16-2019

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WASHINGTON: Notice of Proposed Rules (CR-102), Pre-proposal filing (CR-101), and BIP-16-2019

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board would like your input/attention regarding the following:

1. Chapter 314-05 WAC Special Occasion License

Please forward your comments to the Liquor and Cannabis Board by mail, email, or fax by January 8, 2020.

2. Alternating Proprietorships for Distilleries and Craft Distilleries

Please forward your initial comments to the Liquor and Cannabis Board by mail, email, or fax by January 4, 2020.

WSLCB Adopts Emergency Rules Prohibiting Sale Of Flavored Vape Products

wslcbWASHINGTON: On October 10, 2019, the Washington State Board of Health (SBOH) issued emergency rules as WSR 19-21-050, prohibiting the sale of flavored vapor products by persons licensed under chapter 69.50 or 70.345 RCW, and consistent with the directives of Executive Order 19-03 Addressing the Vaping Use Public Health Crisis.

Enforcement
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) today approved emergency rules that further aligns agency authority with SBOH rules.  This emergency rule allows the WSLCB to take disciplinary action against any processor that fails to comply with the provisions of the SBOH emergency rules described in chapter 246-80 WAC, and bridges the enforcement requirements contained therein with the authority of chapter 69.50 RCW realized in WAC 314-55-077.

These rules serve a two-pronged purpose:

  1. Allows the WSLCB to serve an order of summary license suspension after a preliminary staff investigation indicates that a vapor product licensee has violated SBOH rules described in chapter 246-80 WAC, and that immediate cessation of licensed activities is necessary for the presentation of public health and welfare; -and-
  2. Provides a framework and process for an affected vapor product licensee to petition the board for a stay of summary suspension, consistent with the provisions of chapter 34.05 RCW.

Emergency Adoption
Because the outbreak of lung disease is occurring now and growing, the immediate adoption of rules that establish summary license suspension and petition for stay provisions are necessary for both the enforcement of chapter 246-80 WAC, and preservation of public health, safety and general welfare.

The full language of the rules are available on the WSLCB website under Recently Adopted Rules 

19 Whatcom Co. Businesses Apply To Sell Medical Marijuana

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is considering applications from 19 businesses that want to sell medical marijuana in Whatcom County.

The Bellingham Herald reports that the board has approved six medical endorsements thus far for existing stores that have a license to sell recreational marijuana.

The board began accepting new applications last month. Medical pot is being incorporated into the recreational pot industry.

Washington Begins Process Of Aligning Marijuana Stores

WASHINGTON: Washington on Wednesday adopted emergency rules and issued new draft rules to begin the process of aligning the medical marijuana market with the existing recreational market.

The State Liquor and Cannabis Board‘s actions are the result of new legislation which established a priority system for licensing existing medical marijuana stores.

The emergency rules, which are effective immediately, allow the board to begin the process of licensing new retail outlets that may sell both medical and recreational marijuana. Existing recreational stores may also apply for an endorsement to sell both.

The board will begin accepting retail license applications on Oct. 12.