The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis board requested public comment on two rule proposals by October 3, 2018. The rule proposals implement legislative changes that occurred during 2017 and 2018 sessions, and incorporate technical changes (links below).
During 2018, the Washington State legislature enacted the following laws:
Financial Services. The law states that financial service providers are not violating Washington law by entering into financial transactions (i.e., deposits, extending credit, conducting funds transfers, transporting cash) with commercial cannabis businesses.
Marijuana Product Container Labels – Business Information. The law mandates the placement of labels on marijuana containers that contain the unified buisiness identifier number of the marijuana producer and processor.
Use of Cannaboid Additives in Marijuana Products. The law provides that marijuana producers and processors that use a cannaboid additive in marijuana products must obtain the cannaboid additive product from a licensed producer or processor unless the CBD product has (1) less a THC level of 0.3 percent or less on a dry weight basis, and (2) been lawfully tested for contaminants and toxins.
2018 Cannabis Legislation Implementation Rules
During 2017, the Washington State legislature enacted the following laws:
Marijuana Lock Boxes. The law allows retail outlets to provide customers with a free marijuana lock box. The retail outlet cannot use the lock box as an inducement for a sale.
Sanitary Processing of Edibles. The law provides the Department of Agriculture with authority to regulate the sanitary processing of edibles.
Marijuana License Fee. The law imposes a $480 additional fee to license applications and renewals. The fee is being used to pay for the traceability system.
Various Changes. The law contains amendments that address privileges for research licenses, local authority notifications, the retail licensing merit-based application process, certain transfers of plants and seeds, licensing agreements and contracts, advertising, and jurisdictional requirements.
2017 Cannabis Legislation and Technical Housekeeping Rules