Washington State makes cannabis essential.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has moved quickly to adjust rules to allow continued access to cannabis retail stores during the COVID-19 outbreak. Retail cannabis was deemed essential by the Governor’s office when it issued a stay-at-home order Monday evening. The order closes most retail and other non-essential businesses starting today, March 25,…

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Reports of increased visits from Washington’s safety regulators. Is your cannabis operation ready?

It has been reported by the Cannabis Alliance in a bulletin sent to their member on Thursday, April 25th that Washington’s L&I, the state agency responsible for workplace health and safety, has been conducting unannounced compliance visits to cannabis operations. The purpose of these visits are educational, and unless violations are egregious, they are not issuing…

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Washing Ag Department announces independent pesticide enforcement.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture confirmed in an email distributed through their new listserv that they recently began conducting routine unannounced pesticide inspections at cannabis grow facilities. During these visits the Department of Agriculture may or may not be accompanied by the liquor and cannabis board. They warn that if pesticide violations are found…

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Washington backs off ban of marijuana infused edibles

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis board clarified their position on marijuana infused edibles during a webinar presented on December 18th. In a reversal of their original proclamation, the agency is no longer going to ban certain types of edibles like gummies or hard candies. Instead they will focus on limiting the shape, color, and…

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New Washington State Cannabis rules starting soon.

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Are you ready for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board rule changes going into effect later this week? There are a number of rule refinements coming into effect on December 1st as a result of legislative action in 2017 and 2018. It is important to understand how these changes could affect your operation.  (Recently…

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Mandatory pesticide testing is coming to Washington State

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Following the lead of other Adult Use markets like Oregon and Colorado, the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is on track to create new rules that would implement pesticide and heavy metal testing for all marijuana product sold in the Washington marketplace. The public comment period for the rule making closed on Oct. 24th,…

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