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WSLCB authorizes Governor’s Proclamation 20-28, new rules for cannabis and alcohol industry throughout Washington

This is an e-mail received from the Washington State Liquor and Control Board (WSLCB) today regarding new rules for the cannabis industry.

New Rules for Cannabis and Liquor retailers in Washington

Today the WSLCB Board held a special Board meeting authorized under the Governor’s Proclamation 20-28During the Board’s meeting they considered and authorized the withdrawal of one proposed rule, and adopted five emergency rules, all listed here:

Cannabis-related Board actions:

Board Withdrawal of CR 102 for QC Testing â€“ The Board withdrew its proposed rulemaking related to quality assurance sample testing.

Quality Control Testing and Products Requirements (Rulemaking Withdrawn)      Notice to Stakeholders CR-102 Filed as WSR 20-07-052 on March 11, 2020 Notice to Stakeholders CR-102 Filed as WSR 20-03-176 on January 22, 2020 Small Business Economic Impact Statement Significant Analysis Withdrawal of Rulemaking WSR 20-08-088

Emergency rule (CR103E) regarding WAC 314-55-092 : Allows LCB to waive fees and penalties required for marijuana licensees who were or are late paying their monthly excise taxes. The period of time covered by this rule is retroactive and covers from February 29, 2020 until the Governor’s proclamation is lifted or until the Board rescinds the rule – whichever happens first. (Approved, March 27, 2020)

Alcohol-related Board actions:

Emergency rule (CR103E) regarding WAC 314-02-109 â€“ For Spirits Retail Licensees Quarterly Reporting and Payment Requirements, the LCB may waive fees and penalties required for these licensees who were or are late reporting or paying their quarterly taxes. The period of time covered by this rule is retroactive and covers from February 29, 2020 until the Governor’s proclamation is lifted or until the Board rescinds the rule – whichever happens first. (Approved, March 27, 2020)

Emergency rule (CR103E) regarding WAC 314-19-020 â€“ For microbreweries, domestic breweries, and beer distributors or wineries and wine distributors, the LCB may waive fees and penalties required for these licensees who were or are late reporting or paying their quarterly taxes. The period of time covered by this rule is retroactive and covers from February 29, 2020 until the Governor’s proclamation is lifted or until the Board rescinds the rule – whichever happens first. (Approved, March 27, 2020)

Emergency rule (CR103E) regarding WAC 314-28-080 â€“ For Distillery licensees, the LCB may waive fees and penalties required for these licensees who were or are late reporting or paying their taxes. The period of time covered by this rule is retroactive and covers from February 29, 2020 until the Governor’s proclamation is lifted or until the Board rescinds the rule – whichever happens first. (Approved, March 27, 2020

Emergency rule (CR103E) regarding WAC 314-23-022 â€“ For Spirits Distributor licensees the LCB may waive fees and penalties required for these licensees who were or are late reporting or paying their taxes. The period of time covered by this rule is retroactive and covers from February 29, 2020 until the Governor’s proclamation is lifted or until the Board rescinds the rule – whichever happens first.(Approved, March 27, 2020)

Submit requests to pay late to have penalties waived, by email at the following email addresses:

The Governor’s Proclamation 20-28 authorizes the Board to meet and take action without adhering to mandated processes for public meetings for routine matters or matters necessary to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. We’re looking for alternative ways we can engage with you during these challenging times.

Important note: there are additional temporary rules and guidance for specific types of licensees and for all businesses who are operating during the COVID-19 situation. Please ensure you know and follow these rules which are found on our COVID-19 webpage for licensees. Keep yourself, your staff and your customers healthy by following the guidance of reliable health information found on the Washington State’s COVID-19 website.

Other questions:

Contact katherine.hoffman@lcb.wa.gov for questions regarding these or any other rules.

Contact dustin.dickson@lcb.wa.gov with any other questions regarding the Board or this meeting.

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