We Provide I-502 Implementation & Regulation Legal Services to the Cannabis Industry in Washington State
- Producer, Processor & Retail Licensing Assistance
- Regulation Education & Assistance
- Insurance Requirements
- Banking Difficulties for Cannabis Businesses
- Laboratory Testing Regulations
- Seed to Sale Tracking Requirements
- Advertising Restrictions
The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB or LCB) is the government agency in charge of the implementation and licensing of I-502 recreational marijuana in Washington: The WSLCB has created rules regarding security minimums and the prevention of minors’ access to marijuana. I-502 does not preempt federal law. Presently Washington State residents involved in marijuana production, processing, and retailing could still be subject to prosecution if the federal government chooses to do so. This includes the confiscation of assets as one of the enforcement tactics available to federal authorities. On August 29, 2013 Attorney General Eric Holder called both Governors Jay Inslee and John Hickenlooper (Colorado) to outline the federal government’s guidance on legalized marijuana. That guidance was also outlined in a memo which focused on eight points of federal emphasis such as youth access and public safety which the LCB’s proposed rules address. The WSLCB’s rules do not change federal law. Governor Inslee’s office is maintaining an open dialogue with the federal government and the WSLCB is moving forward to carry out the expectations of the agency under the new law.
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Carney Badley Spellman is a Seattle Washington law firm that offers legal services to a diverse clientele in the U.S. and internationally. Clients range from startups to closely-held businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Our services include Business and Employment Law, and Litigation.
- Washington Attorney General and Governor push back against US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ comments on Washington’s regulated marijuana industry
- Without notice, the King County Council imposed an emergency four-month moratorium on I-502 marijuana businesses in unincorporated King County areas
- US Supreme Court rejects Nebraska’s and Oklahoma’s challenge to Colorado’s legalized recreational marijuana laws
- Medical dispensaries are rolled into regulated system, significantly increasing the number of Retail Stores in WA
- I-502 processors now have to submit a picture of the product, labeling, and packaging to the LCB for approval of all edibles
- I-502 consumers will have more protections and consistent products than those currently available to medical marijuana users
- Colorado and Washington residents have a love/fear view of legalized marijuana according to Avvo survey