Washington Senate Bill 5052 completely overhauled Washington's medical marijuana program. It has not only created a new regulatory regime for all medical cannabis businesses, it will also impact how existing I-502 licensees conduct business. Not to mention that it will lead to the closing of all collective gardens by July 1, 2016. The Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) and the Department of Health have also been tasked with implementing a merit-based application process for new MMJ licensees and further regulating marijuana and marijuana-infused products for medical use.
Who among current medical marijuana operators will be permitted to continue to operate? How exactly will the state and cities wind down collective gardens and medical cannabis dispensaries? The city of Seattle has already announced plans for new municipal regulations to phase out collective gardens, and it will certainly not be the last city to do so. Already, Seattle has determined that over half of its MMJ dispensaries will be shuttered by or before July 1, 2016.
To assist both the medical and recreational cannabis communities in Washington through implementation of SB 5052, our firm will be hosting a seminar from 2-5 p.m. at the Washington State Convention Center on June 22, 2015, addressing all of the foregoing issues and related topics in the context of future business, regulatory, financial, and enforcement concerns. Our lawyers have participated in merit-based application processes in multiple states (Illinois, Minnesota, New York, and Nevada) and we will be bringing those experiences to bear when we talk about what we forsee for Washington’s soon to be merit-based system.
If you are a stakeholder in either the medical or adult use marijuana industries in Washington or if you are interested in obtaining a Washington State cannabis license, you should not miss this event.
All attendees are also invited to a post-seminar cocktail party from 5-7 p.m. at the Convention Center.
Hilary Bricken, Canna Law Group
Robert McVay, Canna Law Group
David Mendoza, Office of the Mayor, City of Seattle
Jim Hunt, Law Office of James G. Hunt, PLLC