Washington Marijuana Businesses: Watch Out for Cyber Attacks!

One of our Washington cannabis clients recently learned that its employee was the target of a cybersecurity attack. The employee, who was following instructions via a messaging app, wired money to an individual at the request of who he believed to be an owner of the company. That was not the case! The employee had fallen…

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Two Pending Bills Could Substantially Change Washington’s Cannabis Advertising Laws

Last month, two pieces of legislation were introduced to the legislature that could substantially alter Washington State’s advertising laws: HB 2350 and HB 2321. Each bill would tighten advertising restrictions for cannabis businesses, particularly with regard to advertising that could appeal to youth. Both bills were filed pre-session, and both already have moved into the…

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State of the State: Washington Regulators Turning a New Leaf (Part 2)

In Part 1  of this two-part series we discussed the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s (“LCB”) new rules stemming from SB 5318, which passed last year and forced the LCB to transition from an enforcement-first policy to a compliance-first policy when handling violations. We covered how the LCB will handle Notices of Correction (“NOC”) and…

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State of the State: Washington Regulators Turning a New Leaf (Part 1)

Last year brought significant changes to Washington cannabis via the legislative session. Today I’ll outline some of the ways the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“LCB”) plans to regulate marijuana in 2020. Before I get into the details, let me please encourage you to check out Cannabis Observer, who goes to every LCB meeting and…

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Hemp-CBD: Washington State’s Consumer Protection Act

This is the second in a three-part series explaining why companies making and sell hemp-derived CBD products ought to be concerned about state consumer protection laws. Last week we looked at Oregon and an article on California is in the works. It probably comes as no surprise that companies selling hemp-derived CBD in the State…

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Washington’s Hemp Plan

On November 20th, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (“WSDA”) released the hemp cultivation plan (the “Plan”) that it intends to submit to the US Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) along with a corresponding set of hemp regulations (“Hemp Rules”). This post will provide an overview of Washington’s hemp plan. Recordkeeping, Violations, and Inspections The Plan…

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BREAKING NEWS: Washington State Bans Flavored Vapor Products

On October 9, 2019, the Washington State Board of Health (“BOH”) voted to adopt emergency rules banning flavored vapor products, including marijuana products, in Washington State. The ban is effective as of October 10 and will run for 120 days. It’s not as if we didn’t see this coming. On Monday, Hilary Bricken wrote on…

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A Leader In Washington, GreenStar Eyes Expansion
Ash Stringer September 9th, 2019 Uncategorized Washington State has long been a pioneer in the cannabis industry. Medical marijuana has been legal since 1998 and the state was the first in the U.S. to approve recreational marijuana, doing so on December 6, 2012. The market continues to grow, including... Read more
Washington Bans Hemp-CBD in Food

If you’ve been following the hemp scene in Washington state, you know it’s been a bit of a roller coaster. The latest “drop” comes in the form of an August 1 memo from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (“WSDA”) titled Restrictions on the use of hemp CBD as a food ingredient. According to the memo, Washington is…

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Compliance over Enforcement: The New Normal For Washington Marijuana Businesses

On July 28, 2019, Senate Bill 5318 (“SB 5318“) went into effect. I wrote about this bill back in April when it was awaiting Governor Jay Inslee’s signature. SB 5318 forces the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“LCB”) to make some major institutional changes, requiring the LCB to work with licensees on compliance matters and…

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