WSLCB - Board Meeting
(October 31, 2018) - Summary

Updates on WSLCB's cannabis actions at their October 31st Board Meeting.

Here are some observations from the October 31st Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Board Meeting.

My top 2 takeaways:

  • During Wednesday’s Board Meeting, action was taken on several cannabis items.
    • The Board adopted a revision of their interim policy which enables licensees to phase-in the packaging and labeling (PAL) rule requirements adopted in May. The deadline for compliance with the new PAL rules was pushed out six months from January 1st, 2019 to June 1st, 2019 (audio - 2m).
    • The Board adopted final language for both the 2017 and 2018 Cannabis Legislation Implementations. The 2017 Cannabis Legislation has been in development for over a year and covers a wide array of technical/descriptive changes (audio - 2m). The 2018 Cannabis Legislation focuses on testing of cannabidiol produced outside the 502 system used in 502 products (audio - 2m).
  • The agency opened rulemaking on two significant cannabis topics: enhanced traceability penalties and true parties of interest (TPI).
    • The Cannabis Penalties rules package will offer “guidance on when to escalate a [traceability] violation which may be viewed as aggravated.”  The current penalty matrix for traceability violations has been under review in response to recent Enforcement actions.  Proposed rules may also address consistency in settlement offers (audio - 2m).
    • A TPI rules package has been pulled out of the 2017 Cannabis Legislation rulemaking (audio - 2m).

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