Washington State passed the final hurdle for solidifying its status as a hemp-producing powerhouse. On February 20, 2020,  the USDA issued its approval of Washington’s Hemp Plan. The plan was an outgrowth of the passage of Senate Bill 5276, Washington’s Hemp Production Bill, which passed on April 26, 2019.   The Agricultural Improvement Act of…

King County Superior Court Judge invalidates I-502 Advertising Restrictions In a groundbreaking ruling involving the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, a King County Superior Court judge found a statute and provision of the Washington Administrative Code unconstitutional. The provisions relate to the “content, size, and manner of affixing of on-premises advertising by marijuana retailers.”…

The text of this article was originally published in the June 2019 edition of the Argent Communications Group’s Cannabis Law and Regulation Reporter. It is reprinted here with permission. WASHINGTON SENATE BILL LOOKS TO EDUCATION AND COMPLIANCE OVER PUNISHMENT FOR CANNABIS RETAILERS WHO RUN AFOUL OF STATE’S REGULATORY STRUCTURE Compliance with Washington State’s regulatory structure…

Cannabis is big business for states that legalize and Washington is no exception. The state rakes in millions and millions of dollars each year thanks to retail cannabis sales. Let’s take a look at the WA state cannabis tax rate, revenue, and distribution. WA State Cannabis Tax Basics The WA state cannabis excise tax is…

WSDA Moves Forward With Organic Cannabis Certification Written by Orion Inskip, Attorney at Gleam Law, PLLC. Organic cannabis may be on the horizon for Washington state. The Washington State Department of Agriculture Organic Program’s team is moving forward with a state certification process for marijuana products produced in a manner consistent with the Federal Organics standards (7…

How to Start A Cannabis Business – The Legal Stuff You Need to Know This article originally appears on Black Enterprise and is written by Lydia Blanco.  If you are anything like most entrepreneurs looking to get in on the green rush, you’ve probably been doing your research for quite some time now on the ins…

  Quarantine Suspended! With the release of BIP-03-2018 the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has temporarily lifted the 24-hour “quarantine” period. Prior to the suspension, businesses had to place their product into a quarantine area under surveillance for 24-hours prior to transferring products between licensees. The Board states that the policy is temporary and is in response to…

Washington State House of Representatives Passes HB 1151 Written by Ammon J. Ford, Attorney at Gleam Law, PLLC.  Washington State voters approved I-502 in 2013, mandating that the state allow and regulate cannabis businesses like alcohol businesses. The details were mostly left up to the Washington State Legislature to write and change, then to be…

SB 5131 Advances to Gov. Inslee’s Desk for Signature Written by Ammon J. Ford, Attorney at Gleam Law, PLLC.  Most of this year’s proposed cannabis legislation in Washington never made it very far, but SB 5131 has succeeded in advancing to the final step before becoming law: Gov. Jay Inslee‘s desk. You can read the final version…

Washington House & Senate Passed Different Versions of SB 5131 Written by Ammon J. Ford, Attorney at Gleam Law, PLLC. The Washington State Legislature had over two dozen bills related to Cannabis to consider this legislative season. Most of them are dead. At least one,  SB 5131, passed both the Washington State House of Representatives and…