Washington State Alert: Liquor and Cannabis Board – Reactivation of Certain Allowances for Health and Safety Reasons

To:       Cannabis Licensees

Fr:        Liquor and Cannabis Board

Re:      Reactivation of Certain Allowances for Health and Safety Reasons

As you know, in June, Governor Inslee lifted most COVID-19 business restrictions put in place based on health and safety proclamations and/or Emergency Orders. In that directive, effective June 30, 2021, all business sectors were allowed to return to pre-pandemic capacity and operations, with limited exceptions.

In keeping with the Governor’s directive, several LCB-created allowances designed to support licensees expired on July 31, 2021, unless otherwise specified.

Since that time, the transmission of COVID-19 has increased dramatically due to the delta variant, especially among those who are not vaccinated. A statewide mask mandate and other health restrictions are also currently in place to combat transmission.

For public health and safety reasons, the LCB is reactivating certain cannabis-specific allowances. Effective immediately, these allowances will be in place until Oct. 31, 2021. The LCB will review these allowances in late October and decide whether they should be extended again.

Re-Activated Allowances Through Oct. 31, 2021:

Earlier today, the LCB notified licensees that it had extended the following allowance until Oct. 31, 2021. This update does not change that allowance.



Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Action

Yesterday, during a regularly scheduled meeting, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board took the following action:

Adopted final rules (CR 103) to implement final rules for Cannabis License Applicant Background Checks. The rules take effect October 2, 2021.

Please contact Cannabis Policy and Rules Coordinator Jeff Kildahl at rules@lcb.wa.govwith any questions or concerns about this action.

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