PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
LIQUOR AND CANNABIS
[Filed December 18, 2019, 11:12 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 314-55-075 Marijuana producer license—Privileges, requirements, and fees. The Washington state liquor and cannabis board (board) is considering revisions and new rule sections that would incrementally expand the plant canopy square footage allowed for licensed Tier 1 producers.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The board has received requests from medical marijuana patients and segments of the industry to increase the availability of department of health (DOH) compliant product in licensed retail stores. The board has also learned that smaller producers are concerned about business sustainability based on canopy space restrictions. Recognizing this, the board would like to explore the ways that it can support Tier 1 producer business viability. Revisions considered may also include clarifying and technical updates to existing rule within the scope of this topic.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The board will coordinate with other Washington state agencies as necessary, such as the Washington state department of agriculture, DOH, department of ecology, and department of revenue, and others as necessary.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Katherine Hoffman, P.O. Box 43080, Olympia, WA 98504, phone 360-664-1622, fax 360-664-9689, email Rules@lcb.wa.gov, website lcb.wa.gov.
December 18, 2019