WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is hosting a Listen and Learn forum on draft conceptual rules for cannabis applicants or background reviews of licensees.
The Liquor and Cannabis Board began considering changes to the current background check procedures for applicants or licensees by opening a formal regular investigation on February 17, 2021.
Initiative 502 (I-502) established a legal framework for the board of directors to review the criminal history of marijuana [cannabis] License applicants as well as broad authority to create rules to create rules for standards for criminal history checking. The first background check rules were first established in late 2013 and the last revision was made in early 2016.
The WSLCB will reassess current criminal history background check standards to remove unnecessary barriers to entry into legal marijuana [cannabis] Market of people and communities disproportionately affected by marijuana [cannabis] Criminalization. The envisaged revisions are intended to support socially just conditions by deconstructing the applicable regulations in order to create fair and meaningful access to the economic opportunities of marijuana [cannabis].
Here is a link to the agenda to help you prepare, as well as draft amendments (redline) and original versions (non-redline) of the draft conceptual rules. Please be ready to provide appropriate feedback and suggestions.
Please keep in mind that we are still in the development phase of rulemaking and there are no proposed or final rule changes yet. Read the guidance document prepared for this and future forums to prepare for this listening / learning / contributing forum.
When: Thursday, May 13, 2021, 2.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Where: Online through this Webex link. Pre-registration is not required.
Only by phone: Toll Free: 1-855-929-3239 or direct: (415) 655-0001
Access code: 133 151 4096 #
If you want to join online, here are some pointers:
- Online participation is structured in such a way that one speaker at a time is permitted via a hand-raising function in WebEx.
- If you have problems with the audio or visual elements of the WebEx meeting, please be patient. You can give us feedback at the following email. There is still an opportunity to share your thoughts with us.
Ask? Contact Kathy Hoffman at [email protected]