Liquor Board issues update on marijuana rules

Staff writerJune 12, 2014 

The Washington State Liquor Control Board this week adopted a Revised Interim Policy (BIP-09-2014) on Recreational Marijuana. This revision is needed, the board said in a release, “ to implement ESHB 2304 which was passed during the 2014 legislative session. The interim policy will be in effect until permanent rules are adopted.”

The rulemaking process for permanent revisions has been filed with the Code Reviser’s Office.

Among the latest rules and clarifications:

For Producers:

• Producers must maintain records and report purchases from other licensed producers, current production and inventory on hand, sales by product type, and lost and destroyed product.

• A licensee must pay the board an excise tax of 25 percent of the selling price on each wholesale sale to a producer or processor.

For Processors:

• Processors must maintain records and report monthly purchases from licensed producers and processors, production of marijuana concentrates and infused products; sales by product type to processors and retailers; and lost or destroyed product.

• A processing licensee must pay an excise tax of 25 percent for the selling price of each wholesale sale of usable marijuana, concentrates and infused product to licensed processors or retailers.

For Retailers:

• Records must be maintained and reported concerning purchases from processors, sales by product type to consumers, and lost or destroyed product. 

• A retailer must pay an excise tax of 25 percent of the selling price on each retail sale of usable marijuana, concentrates and infusions.


• A single transaction is limited to one ounce of usable marijuana, 16 ounces of infused product in solid form, seven grams of marijuana concentrates, and 72 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form.

• Infused products and concentrates meant to be “eaten, swallowed, or inhaled” must be packaged in child-resistant packaging. So too with liquid or solid concentrates or infused products. 

• Concentrates sold at retail must contain specific, accompanying material that contains warnings that note health risks; that mention marijuana or its active compounds; that warn pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding; and that state the products are for use by persons 21-years-old or older; and that the product should be kept away from children.

Warnings will also be displayed on labels stating that marijuana can impair judgment and concentration; that intoxicating effects may be delayed by two or more hours; that any pesticides were applied during growing; and stating what solvents, chemicals or compounds were used in the extraction process.

• Labels on packaging for retail sales of infused products or concentrates must contain the identity of the licensees that produced, processed and sold the usable marijuana. Labels must also contain lot numbers, batch numbers and date of manufacture, plus the “best-by” date; plus a recommended serving size and the number of servings in the product and weight; a list of all ingredients and any allergens; plus other warnings similar to those used in the sale of usable marijuana.

• Financial information, including account identification data, will be exempt from public records requests.  


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