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State agents have issued a Spokane Valley bar owner a citation for remaining open in defiance of a state business closure order. But the bar owner says he may continue to fight what he calls government overreach.
The traditional day for doorbuster sales from the state’s legal marijuana retailers will likely be affected by social distancing orders. State authorities have asked pot shops to limit the amount of customers and deals to tamp down on crowds during the pandemic.
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s director said Thursday the agency would adopt a philosophy geared more toward education, after an outside review said agents too often intimidated and punished marijuana companies operating under state law.
The new rules incorporate feedback from cannabis producers and processors, who said a year ago they were blindsided by a blanket ban on certain products believed to be appealing to children. The new rules give companies six months to comply with new packaging and labeling standards, which may not be noticeable to casual consumers of the legalized drug in Washington.
Washington state’s wine industry reached a major milestone when it surpassed 1,000 active winery licenses recently. In the early 1980s there were only 20 wineries in the state.
The targeted legislation would aim to help small businesses compete with larger firms and extend business ownership opportunities to communities of color, women and military veterans.
Pullman’s only winery is under investigation for illegal gambling for possessing a craps table.
The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board is proposing taking more steps to regulate the hundreds of retailers offering vapor products in the state. The rules are designed to make clearer the monetary penalties for selling to minors, failing to seek licensure from the state and offering products that containing an extract of cannabis.
Proposal to increase new restrictions on marijuana businesses could be expensive and hard to enforce.
Members of the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board will be taking public comment Wednesday at Spokane City Hall about the state’s legal pot industry, which will mark its fifth year of legal sales in July. Regulators are still grappling with the prevalence of edible products they say are too appealing to children and the extent of pesticide testing to require for the drug.
The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board says it has issued the state’s first license to grow marijuana for research.
Certain cannabis-infused candy could start vanishing from store shelves across Washington next year.
The state Liquor and Cannabis Board says the state could either tightly control home-grown recreational marijuana or keep up the ban.
Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board is working with a new software vendor to oversee a massive database that tracks every pot plant and product in the state. But the new system won’t be ready for about two months, and the old software provider refused to extend its contract, citing concerns about cybersecurity.
Letting the denial stand could invite other businesses to suddenly become kid-oriented to block the opening of a pot shop.
Calling it a ‘moral dilemma,’ City Councilman Mike Fagan has asked his colleagues to ease the restrictions on marijuana business locating near arcades for six months to allow an East Spokane pot shop to relocate. Questions have been raised about the arcade’s legitimacy, in large part because it opened months after the store’s owners gave their intent to move.
Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board, the state agency that regulates marijuana, is firing an employee who leased land in Deer Park to a prospective pot grower.
A businessman has formally withdrawn his application to build a marijuana growing and processing facility in Deer Park, prompting cheers from neighbors who had opposed the project. The state Liquor and Cannabis Board previously suspended a separate application process after it was revealed that the owner of the Deer Park property is also an employee of the agency – an apparent conflict of interest prohibited under state law.
Kitsap County’s first marijuana business has been shut down by regulators who alleged the recreational pot grow operation had repeatedly failed to pay its taxes.
Spokane County’s 29 retail pot shops sold $6.9 million worth of weed in January, down 7 percent from the December sales total but up more than 43 percent from the mark set in January 2016.