WSLCB Issues New Mandatory Warning Sign For All Cannabis Retailers

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) announced Thursday, May 2, that a new, mandatory sign must be posted in all licensed establishments effective June 1(view the bulletin: Notice May 2).

WSLCB Warning Poster 2019LCB and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) created the mandatory warning sign to educate the public about the harms of cannabis use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Starting June 1, 2019, marijuana retail shops are required to prominently display the sign. You may download and print the sign using the above link.  

For questions regarding the signage please contact WSLCB Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman at 360-664-1622 or Katherine.Hoffman@lcb.wa.gov or contact your enforcement officer.

Washington Industrial Hemp Bill Signed Into Law 

WASHINGTON: A bill from state Sen. Doug Ericksen that gets the state into the hemp business was signed into law Friday, raising the possibility that some Washington farmers may be able to plant a new cash crop during the current growing season.

Senate Bill 5276 got final approval from the Legislature Wednesday, and became law Friday with the governor’s signature. The swift action came after agricultural interests persuaded the governor’s office that planting this year might be possible if the bill was signed without delay.

“Quick approval for this bill means a big opportunity for Washington farmers,” said Ericksen, R-Ferndale. “Hemp could become a major crop in my district, because in Northwest Washington we would need no irrigation. But this new cash crop can be grown anywhere in the state, and if we can get planting done this season, all the better.”

The once-forbidden crop has benefitted from recent changes to marijuana laws. Hemp has been cultivated worldwide for thousands of year, and has traditionally been used for rope. New uses include everything from textiles to plastics, and even food. But hemp, a strain of the cannabis sativa plant, was banished from American farmfields when federal law declared marijuana a controlled substance. Hemp contains a small-but-detectable concentration of THC, the psychoactive element in marijuana.

Because several states, including Washington, have legalized marijuana, Congress passed a law last year removing hemp from the list of controlled substances, and permitting renewed hemp production in states that implement a regulatory program. Ericksen’s legislation establishes a licensing, inspection and testing program under the state Department of Agriculture. Cost would be borne by growers, as with other commodity programs.

Regulators will have to work quickly to get the program under way during the current growing season. The ideal planting season opened a month ago. The bill allows the Department of Agriculture to use an expedited rule-making process so that hemp licenses can be issued without delay.

WSLCB Certified Heavy Metal Testing Lab Active

WASHINGTON: Effective April 11, 2019, a lab has been certified by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) to provide heavy metal testing on cannabis products.

WSLCB Certified Heavy Metal Testing Lab

Medicine Creek Analytics

3700 Pacific Hwy E. #400

Fife, WA 98424

 Washington State Department of Health

The Department of Health has rescinded the emergency rule, filed January 24, 2019 temporarily suspending the heavy metal testing requirement. Effective April 18, 2019, all products produced under chapter 246-70 WAC will be required to be tested for heavy metals and no longer required to include “Not tested for heavy metals” on the label.

 

Women Grow 2019 Leadership Summit In Washington, D.C. Is June 7-8, 2019

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Celebrating its sixth year “connecting, educating and empowering” leaders in the cannabis and hemp industry, Women Grow, LLCis bringing one of the year’s most highly anticipated events to the East Coast!   Washington, D.C. will play host to the Women Grow 2019 Leadership Summit at the scenic Washington Court Hotel on June 7-8, 2019. Inspired by the influx of women-power in Congress and a desire to take the message of legalization directly to Capitol Hill, this year’s summit is poised to be the largest woman-focused cannabis industry event of its kind in the world.

The Women Grow 2019 Leadership Summit will offer fresh takes on signature components, along with new experiences that stimulate and engage women at every level of business and in their careers.  Curated TED-style “Lightning Talks,” intimate “fireside chats,”multi-tracked breakout sessions and hands-on workshops will be led by industry  innovators, and for the first time, women leaders outside of the business of cannabis and hemp.  Attendees are invited to unite with a community of women (and men) from across North America and around the world at morning wellness sessions, networking reception and a vibrant on-site expo featuring various businesses across the industry – inviting women-owned or led businesses to display their products and services.

 

Washington, D. C. in June offers an accessible backdrop for personalized exploration beyond Summit.  Part of the excitement of bringing Summit to the area is that attendees will get an unique view of the city that Women Grow Chairwoman of the Board and newly tapped Chief Executive Officer Dr. Chanda Macias calls home.  “It is such an honor to welcome thousands of women to our nation’s capital at such a pivotal point in our history,” said Dr. Macias who also is the owner of the leading medical marijuana dispensary in the area, National Holistic Healing Center. “We are in the midst of a great shift of women representation in business, which speaks to the work and tenacity of the women leading the cannabis and hemp industry.”

Speaking on her appointment as CEO, Dr. Macias added, “I was honored last year to be named chairwoman of the board of managers and I’m incredibly humbled to be named CEO this year as we continue to carry on the company’s mission to lift and inspire the next generation of leaders.”

In an effort to open the summit experience to as many as possible, early-bird admission tickets are priced at $249.99 to April 26th, with regular priced tickets at $349.99 until June 1st  and late registration is $420. Summit will be held at The Washington Court Hotel located at 525 Jersey Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. just steps away from Capitol Hill and the National Mall. To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.wgsummit.com.

Washington: WSLCB Notice Of Rulemaking – Mandatory Marijuana Signage


WASHINGTON:  The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board would like your input on the following proposed rules. Following the comment period, the board will hold at least one public hearing before the rules are adopted.

wslcbProposed rule making (CR-102)   Mandatory Marijuana Signage

Individual notices can be found at lcb.wa.gov/laws/laws-and-rules under Proposed Rules.

Public Comment
Please forward your comments to the Liquor and Cannabis Board by mail, e-mail, or fax by the date/s indicated below. Please be sure to indicate the rulemaking you are commenting on in the subject line.

Rules Coordinator 
Liquor and Cannabis Board 
P.O. Box 43080
Olympia, WA 98504-3080

Email: rules@lcb.wa.gov

Fax: (360) 664-9689

Public Hearing Location
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board – Board Room
3000 Pacific Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98504

Leafly Appoints Former Amazon Executive Tim Leslie New CEO

WASHINGTON: Leafly, the world’s leading technology platform that helps customers around the world find and discover the cannabis product that is right for them, today announced the hiring of Tim Leslie, a 20-year veteran of Amazon, to the role of Chief Executive Officer. As Leafly CEO, Tim will guide the company’s vision and strategy as it continues to expand around the globe.

leafly-logo-w851-oLeafly is the most trusted brand in cannabis; the authoritative source on cannabis, where everyone from consumers to potential consumers to dispensaries to growers go to discover the latest and best information about cannabis and cannabis products,” Tim said. “Leafly has been at the forefront of shaping the conversation on cannabis and demystifying this rapidly evolving product and industry.”

“Whether it’s on the Leafly app or Leafly.com, our vision is to empower customers around the world to find and discover the best cannabis products for them,” Tim said. “There is an ever-growing range of legal cannabis products, and as broader legalization gains global momentum, and new opportunities open up, Leafly will be there with its mainstream voice providing customers with the best cannabis information and content.”

Tim joins Leafly from Amazon where he most recently served as Vice President of Amazon Prime Video International. In that capacity, Tim launched Prime Video in more than 200 countries around the world, managing product, technology, marketing and operations for international expansion. Tim’s background in launching businesses around the world and his deep knowledge of customers and content will help Leafly in its on-going international growth and cannabis-related content strategy.

“In addition to helping customers around the world make informed choices about cannabis, Leafly’s rapidly growing marketplace also empowers cannabis businesses to find and retain loyal customers,” Tim said. “Today we are providing new and existing cannabis businesses with the broadest and deepest information in the industry; information that they can trust to provide a professional and personalized experience for customers in a regulated environment.”

Tim started at Amazon in 1999 as Vice President & Associate General Counsel responsible for Worldwide Retail. He helped Amazon launch businesses around the world and built and managed Amazon’s international legal team, which grew to 150 employees under his leadership. In 2013, Tim joined the Amazon Prime Video business as the Managing Director of LoveFilm, a UK and German video streaming and DVD rental business that Amazon had acquired. Tim was responsible for the management of LoveFilm, integrating it into Amazon, re-branding LoveFilm as Prime Video and launching Prime Video in the UK and Germany, which was completed in February 2014. Tim went on to lead the launch of Prime Video globally in 2016.

With more than 20 million monthly online sessions and 1.3 million crowd-sourced strain, product and dispensary reviews, Leafly connects patients and consumers with cannabis brands, products and retailers. Consumers can use Leafly’s easy-to-use website and mobile app to learn about the right products for their lifestyle and wellness needs, find those products safely and efficiently from licensed and regulated dispensaries or retail stores around the globe.

WSDA Releases Azamax Insecticide From Stop Sale List

WSDA
WASHINGTON: Effective February 25, 2019, Azamax The Natural Insecticide (EPA Reg. No. 71908-1-81268) was released from the WSDA November 5, 2018, Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order #KFJ-0007-18. Distribution and use can begin again in Washington State.  The WSDA is allowing reasonable levels of naturally occurring 3-indoleacetic acid (IAA) to exist in Azamax The Natural Insecticide (EPA Reg. No. 71908-1-81268).

The complete up-to-date list of pesticides and fertilizers placed on statewide stop sale, use and remove orders is on the following pages and can be found anytime by entering agr.wa.gov in your web browser.  Then use the search box in the upper right corner of the page to search for pesticides on stop sale then choose Fertilizers and Pesticides Placed on Statewide Stop-Sale Orders.

For information regarding stop sales, please contact Tim Schultz 509-994-0936 Toll Free 877-301-4555 Email: compliance@agr.wa.gov

 

Report: Retail Cannabis Tax Revenues Surpass $1 Billion In 2018

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: State and local excise tax collections on retail adult-use cannabis sales surpassed $1 billion in 2018 — a 57 percent increase over 2017 levels, according to data compiled by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

Annual excise tax revenues on adult-use cannabis sales ($1.04 billion) rivaled those for all forms of alcohol $(1.16 billion), the group reported. State-specific sales taxes on retail cannabis purchases also yielded an addition $300 million in revenue in 2018.

Authors of the report estimated that cannabis-specific taxes would raise an estimated $11.9 billion annually if the product were legally available at retailers nationwide.


For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at: (202) 483-5500. Full text of the report is available online.

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Tweets His Support For Hemp Border Wall

Tweets President Trump, Steve Bannon & Erik Prince: “A Hemp-Based Concrete Border Wall is a Win for USA”

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ​​In a Tweet posted from his official Twitter account, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher urged President Trump to read and consider a plan created by the cannabis community for a southern border wall constructed from a hemp-based material, known as Hemp concrete. The plan also includes national cannabis legalization with a 3% federal tax that would fully fund the border wall, as well as a program to employ US Veterans in its construction.

“A HEMP-BASED CONCRETE BORDER WALL (is) a win for USA security & taxpayers, farmers, veterans & environmentalists. Bold thinking!” Rohrabacher said in his Tweet, which he directed to President Trump, as well as Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Blackwater founder Erik Prince. He added, “See @bud_trader white paper,” pointing the President and his staff to a white paper published by a cannabis social media site BudTrader.com.

Rohrabacher’s statement comes in the wake of news that Bannon and Prince, along with other key Republican operatives, are developing plans to build a Hempcrete wall along the U.S./Mexico border, but are still seeking private funding for the project, according to POLITICO.

“According to Congressman Rohrabacher, he spoke to Steve Bannon and he is going to read the Hemp Wall white paper that BudTrader and the Cannabis/Hemp Community wrote,” says BudTrader.com CEO Brad McLaughlin, who originally proposed the hemp wall concept to Congressman Rohrabacher in April of 2018. McLaughlin’s proposal calls for federal legalization of cannabis (including for veterans and government workers) and a 3% federal tax on cannabis sales to fund the wall.

BudTrader was in the news recently for offering Free Cannabis to federal employees during the government shutdown as first reported by The Hill. In the wake of The Hill story, BudTrader CEO Brad McLaughlin has been calling for Federal Employees to have safe access to cannabis, which is currently prohibited. “Federal Employees should have safe and legal access to medical cannabis. I can’t think of one reason why they shouldn’t”.

McLaughlin formally submitted his Hemp Wall White Paper to then Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in September 2018 after a three day trip to Washington D.C. with the Congressman, where he was advocating for the Farm Bill and Cannabis Legalization on the federal level. He met members of congress and President Trump.

The full Research Paper can be found here: Use Industrial Hemp Materials to Build a U.S./Mexico Border Wall Funded by: The Cannabis Industry/Federal Cannabis Tax

Washington DOH And WSLCB Change Heavy Metal Testing Requirements

wslcbWASHINGTON: The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) are reaching out to industry leaders to notify you of temporary changes to heavy metal testing requirements. Products compliant with DOH rules are required to be tested for heavy metals and prohibited pesticides to promote patient safety under chapter 246-70 WAC. These requirements are voluntary and in addition to WSLCB rules.

What is the current situation?
Testing for heavy metals and pesticides is provided by a WSLCB certified testing lab. Beginning January 25, 2019, there will not be any laboratories certified to test cannabis products for heavy metals.  The department has filed emergency rules to temporarily suspend the heavy metal testing requirement, effective January 24, 2019. For licensed producers and processors committed to creating cannabis products compliant with DOH rules, securing a new lab will allow continued heavy metal testing services. The suspension would stay in effect until a lab becomes certified to screen for heavy metals.

How does the emergency rule impact me?
Effective January 24, 2019, products produced under this suspension that have not been tested for heavy metals, may still use the DOH logo appropriate for their product (General Use, High CBD, or High THC) as long as “Not Tested for Heavy Metals” is included on the label before being sold in retail stores. A copy of the emergency rule has been attached for reference.

Contact
For information on how to comply with this requirement, please contact the Medical Marijuana Program at 260-236-4819 or medicalmarijuana@doh.wa.gov. For other questions, please contact your Liquor and Cannabis Board enforcement officer.