Wildfire Smoke Brings New Rules for Cannabis and Hemp

In another move affecting hemp and cannabis producers, Washington has filed an emergency set of rules for protecting workers from wildfire smoke. As drought and high temperatures persist in the western United States, large wildfires regularly create smoke that presents a hazard to workers. Labor and Industries (L&I) is following California’s lead in making permanent…

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Workplace Safety for Budtenders

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Cannabis workplaces are complicated. Farms can be engaged in many different processes that cover everything from pesticides to deliveries. But retails stores and dispensaries also face a unique set of hazards. Employers have a legal responsibility to protect their employees from those hazards. The retail environment can hold many simple hazards likes ladders use, slips,…

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Protecting Cannabis Workers During COVID-19

Many states with medical or adult use cannabis have designated those stores as an essential service, allowing cannabis retail and medical dispensaries to stay open during the coronavirus restrictions. This puts cannabis workers on the front lines of this crisis across the country. How can you protect them, your customers, and your business during the…

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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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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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