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Washington Cannabis Manufacturers: Are You Importing CBD Products on December 1st? What You Need to Know.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) approved a rule that will allow cannabis producers and processors to import CBD additives that contain 0.3% or less of THC from non-licensed sources starting December 1st. Opening up the market will increase competition in the growing CBD product space. Licensees who are importing CBD product should develop operating procedures to ensure compliance with the new regulatory requirements including entering the CBD product into the inventory tracking system and segregating the CBD until it has been appropriately tested. During today’s monthly meeting, WSLCB staff members sought tougher enforcement penalties in response to the increase in the number of processors and producers that are failing to enter inventory into the seed-to-sale tracking system.

Washington State to Allow the Import of CBD Additives from Non-Licensed Sources

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) approved a rule that will allow producers and processors to import CBD additives that contain 0.3% or less of THC from non-licensed sources starting December 1st. Opening up the market will increase competition in the growing CBD product space. Licensees who are importing CBD product should develop operating procedures to ensure compliance with the new regulatory requirements including entering the CBD product into the inventory tracking system and segregating the CBD until it has been appropriately tested. During today’s monthly meeting, WSLCB staff members sought tougher enforcement penalties in response to the increase in the number of processors and producers that are failing to enter inventory into the seed-to-sale tracking system.

Rhode Island: Industrial Hemp Program Goes Live October 9th

Rhode Island’s industrial hemp regulations become effective on October 9th, which will allow the cultivation of industrial hemp for use in manufacturing hemp products including those for human consumption. Rhode Island is rushing along with other states to implement industrial hemp cultivation and production facilities, and garner an increasing market for hemp products including CBD human and pet products. In some states, CBD produced from industrial hemp may be sold outside of a licensed dispensary.

On October 9, applications for grower or handler licenses can be submitted to the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation. Growers must obtain a separate license for each noncontiguous parcel on which industrial hemp will be cultivated.

The regulations are similar to those that are currently being considered by Oregon, and set forth a regulatory framework for the growing, testing, and tracking of industrial hemp from seed to consumption. The DBR will participate in the sampling of industrial hemp prior to harvest or production. The sample must be tested by an approved testing facility for compliance with the maximum 0.3% THC level. Industrial hemp that is intended for human consumption is subject to additional testing and packaging/labeling requirements.

WASHINGTON REQUESTS COMMENTS ON RULES

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis board requested public comment on two rule proposals by October 3, 2018.  The rule proposals implement legislative changes that occurred during 2017 and 2018 sessions, and incorporate technical changes (links below).

During 2018, the Washington State legislature enacted the following laws:

  • Financial Services.  The law states that financial service providers are not violating Washington law by entering into financial transactions (i.e., deposits, extending credit, conducting funds transfers, transporting cash) with commercial cannabis businesses.  

  • Marijuana Product Container Labels - Business Information.  The law mandates the placement of labels on marijuana containers that contain the unified buisiness identifier number of the marijuana producer and processor.  

  • Use of Cannaboid Additives in Marijuana Products.  The law provides that marijuana producers and processors that use a cannaboid additive in marijuana products must obtain the cannaboid additive product from a licensed producer or processor unless the CBD product has (1) less a THC level of 0.3 percent or less on a dry weight basis, and (2) been lawfully tested for contaminants and toxins.

2018 Cannabis Legislation Implementation Rules
lcb.wa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/rules/2018%20Proposed%20Rules/WSR_18-17-184_CR_102_MJ_Leg_Rules.pdf

During 2017, the Washington State legislature enacted the following laws:

  • Marijuana Lock Boxes.  The law allows retail outlets to provide customers with a free marijuana lock box.  The retail outlet cannot use the lock box as an inducement for a sale.

  • Sanitary Processing of Edibles.  The law provides the Department of Agriculture with authority to regulate the sanitary processing of edibles.

  • Marijuana License Fee.  The law imposes a $480 additional fee to license applications and renewals. The fee is being used to pay for the traceability system.

  • Various Changes.  The law contains amendments that address privileges for research licenses, local authority notifications, the retail licensing merit-based application process, certain transfers of plants and seeds, licensing agreements and contracts, advertising, and jurisdictional requirements.


2017 Cannabis Legislation and Technical Housekeeping Rules
lcb.wa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/rules/2018%20Proposed%20Rules/WSR_18-17-185_2017_MJ_Leg_Rules_Supplemental_CR_102.pdf