Recently Adopted Rules
Changes to Packaging and Labeling Rules Meant to Ease the Burden on Licensees and Improve Readability for Consumers. Rule changes effective January 1, 2019 include:
- Eliminating most accompanying materials except pesticides information.
- Adjustments to packaging requirements for certain edible products packaging, and to further prevention of the promotion of over consumption.
- Additional clarity for what is considered “especially appealing to children” and a new definition for the term “cartoon.”
- New Universal Symbol Requirement
- Complete text of the new rules can be found here
Significant Changes to Marijuana Advertising Rules Affecting Outdoor Signage. New Rules Effective March 10, 2018 Include:
- Limits text on on outdoor signs, including billboards to licensee’s business name, location and type or nature of the business.
- No outdoor advertising signs, including billboards, may contain depictions of marijuana plants or marijuana products.
- Signs placed on windows within the premises of a licensed marijuana retail store that may be visible outside the premises facing outward must meet the requirements for outdoor advertising.
- “Billboard” is defined as a permanent off-premises sign with a minimum size of ten five feet in height by twenty eleven feet in width.
- Link to the complete set of rules can be found here
New Marijuana License forfeiture Rule Proposed
- The rule is being proposed to implement new state law regarding license forfeiture
- The state must require license forfeiture on or before 24 months of license issuance if a marijuana retailer is not fully operational and open to the public, unless the state determines that circumstances out of the licensee’s control are preventing the licensee from becoming fully operational
- No marijuana retailer’s license may be subject to forfeiture within the first nine months of license issuance
- Full text of the rule can be found here
Cannabis Legislation and Technical Housekeeping Rules Proposed
- The LCB is seeking to implement legislation passed in during the 2017 legislative session
- Proposed rules would clarify difference between a “financier” and a “true party in interest” as follows:
- A financier may not receive an ownership interest, control of the business, or a profit-sharing interest or percentage of profits in exchange for financial support.
- Washington state residency requirements do not apply to financiers, but all financiers must be United States residents (emphasis added).
- Rules clarify that consultant that receives flat or hourly rate compensation as opposed to percentage of profits or interest in the licensed business is not a true party in interest
- Language proposed to allow for volume discounts,
- Language proposed to prohibit license issuance within exterior boundaries of tribal lands
- Technical changes proposed to add exceptions for “free products” or “treats or services”
- Further clarifications are proposed regarding issuance of marijuana research licenses
- The full text of the proposed rules can be found here