March 18 WSLCB Board Meeting Cancelled, Quality Control Testing Hearing Postponed

The public hearing for Quality Control Testing rules is currently on the March 18, 2020 Board agenda.

Given COVID-19 concerns, the Board voted yesterday to cancel tomorrow’s Board meeting, and continue this public hearing until the next scheduled Board meeting at 10 a.m. on April 1, 2020.

Kathy Hoffman, Policy and Rules coordinator, will file an updated CR 102 with the Code Reviser confirming this change.

Other rulemaking items that were tentatively scheduled during tomorrow’s cancelled meeting (CR 102 for Alternating Proprietorships for Distilleries and Craft Distilleries; Supplemental CR 102 for Special Occasion Licenses Rules Review) have also been postponed.

Please contact katherine.hoffman@lcb.wa.gov with questions regarding rulemaking timelines.

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Listen and Learn Forum RESCHEDULED: Draft Conceptual Rules Regarding Marijuana Licensee True Party of Interest Rules – WAC 314-55-035

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) has rescheduled a Listen and Learn forum about draft conceptual rules regarding cannabis true party of interest regulations to accommodate concerns around the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 17, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. has been changed to Thursday, March 26, 2020, from 1:30 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. via zoom only. This meeting is being conducted in a virtual environment in alignment with guidance and recommendations issued by the Governor’s office.

As you may recall, the Board began to consider revisions to existing marijuana true party of interest rules by initiating a formal rule inquiry under WSR 18-22-54 in October, 2018. Those efforts were extended by the passage of Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1794, concerning agreements between licensed marijuana businesses and other people and businesses, including royalty and licensing agreements relating to the use of intellectual property during the 2019 regular session of the Washington State legislature

During the summer, and into the fall and winter of 2019, WSLCB held multiple meetings with industry association representatives, licensees, and others to draft the conceptual rules we’ll be discussing during this Listen and Learn session. These conceptual draft rules reflect an engaged and inclusive developmental process that embodies not only WSLCB’s commitment to regulatory stability and consistency, but to listening to and learning from the input of licensees. They also represent a significant agency policy shift in the removal of the spousal vetting requirement.

An agenda is attached to help you prepare. Please come prepared to offer feedback and suggestions regarding this new rule section and the draft conceptual rules.

Please remember that we are still in the developmental phase of rulemaking, and these are not proposed or final rules. To help you prepare for this listen/learn/contribute forum, please review the guidance document prepared for this and future forums.

Questions? Contact Kathy Hoffman at katherine.hoffman@lcb.wa.gov

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