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Published on Thursday, April 28, 2016

Few changes to marijuana law passed in 2016, big changes ahead in July

After passing significant changes in 2015 to the medical and recreational marijuana industry, little action occurred in 2016. The Legislature passed two Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) request bills clarifying some aspects of what was adopted in 2015.

Cities and counties continue to strongly oppose attempts to preempt local regulatory authority. We opposed two different bills that would have prohibited cities from banning marijuana related businesses, HB 1438 and HB 2998. We expect that there will still be interest in preempting cities in 2017, so it is imperative that you talk about the importance of local authority with your legislators leading up to January.

The primary changes to the marijuana industry for 2016 are the result of legislation from 2015 that become effective later this year. Effective July 1, 2016 the only marijuana businesses that are authorized in state law are those with state-issued licenses. The LCB is currently processing licenses for the new applicants. The LCB, consistent with existing rules, is providing cities with notice of license applications and giving them 20 days to comment. There are still questions about what will happen to businesses that do not have state licenses as of July 1, but it appears that it will be up to the local jurisdiction to insist that they cease operations. If you have questions about these changes, we encourage you to contact the LCB, www.lcb.wa.gov.

Bill Tracker Bill # Descriptive title Final status
  HB 2520 Concerning the sale of marijuana to regulated cooperatives Law; Effective 7/1/2016
  HB 2521 Allowing for the proper disposal of unsellable marijuana by a licensed marijuana retail outlet Law; Effective 7/1/2016
Yes HB 1438 Preempting cities from issues marijuana bans or moratoriums Failed
  HB 2347 Reducing the tax on useable marijuana Failed
  HB 2494 Reducing the penalties for possession and delivery of marijuana to align with exsiting law Failed
  SB 6486 Reducing the penalties for possession and delivery of marijuana to align with exsiting law Failed
  SB 6304 Concerning the sale of marijuana to regulated cooperatives Failed
  SB 6303 Allowing for the proper disposal of unsellable marijuana by a licensed marijuana retail outlet Failed
  HB 2522 Establishing crimes related to minors entering, remaining in, or being served by a marijuana retail outlet Failed
  SB 6302 Establishing crimes related to minors entering, remaining in, or being served by a marijuana retail outlet Failed
  HB 2369 Expanding Liquor and Cannabis Board officer enforcement authority over marijuana regulation Failed
  SB 6305 Expanding Liquor and Cannabis Board officer enforcement authority over marijuana regulation Failed
  SB 6207 Concerning public disclosure of information submitted to the Liquor and Cannabis Board regarding marijuana product traceability and operations Failed
  HB 2998 Marijuana markets Failed
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