Draft conceptual rules for marijuana packaging and labeling

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is hosting a day-long Listen and Learn forum concerning draft conceptual marijuana packaging and labeling rules
(red-line versionnon-red-line version). To prepare, find the agenda at https://tinyurl.com/y2ztzj5a.

Please join us on Friday, Oct. 11 from 9-4:00 p.m. at our Headquarters Boardroom, located at 1025 Union Ave. SE, in downtown Olympia. You may also attend via webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7212729609797488141.

Revisions of the draft conceptual marijuana packaging and labeling rules include:

  • Packaging thickness of 2 mil. or greater (formerly 4 mil.);
  • Provision that marijuana infused edibles in liquid form may include a measuring device such as a measuring cup or dropper; hash marks on the bottle or container qualify as a measuring device;
  • Inclusion of framework for therapeutic claims, including definition of “structure and function” consistent with the requirements of ESHB 5298;
  • Strengthened existing language regarding listing compounds and other substances added to marijuana concentrates;
  • Alignment of references to child, youth, or minor to “persons under the age of twenty-one” to assure consistency; and
  • Complete redesign of WAC 314-55-105. The rule section begins with definitions. Then, each subsection addresses a specific type of product, and the specific packaging and labeling requirements for that product. This creates a framework for checklists being developed by LCB staff that will align with rule, and are anticipated to increase compliance success.

Additionally, this draft conceptual rule set contemplates withdrawal of BIPs 05-2018, 07-2018, 09-2018, 10-2018, and 14-2019.

We invite you to come prepared to offer feedback and suggestions regarding the draft conceptual revision to WAC 314-55-077(9) and all of the draft conceptual revisions of WAC 314-55-105. For your consideration, we’ve included lists of comments received from stakeholders during the development of this rule draft (comment document 1 at https://tinyurl.com/yxq82zfw) and comment document 2 at https://tinyurl.com/yxhmqe4z).

Please remember that we are still in the developmental phase of rulemaking, and these are not proposed or final rules. To help you get ready for this listen/learn/contribute forum, please review the guidance document (https://tinyurl.com/y5nelfmy) prepared for this and future forums.

Questions? Contact Kathy Hoffman at katherine.hoffman@lcb.wa.gov.

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