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PO BOX 43098
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 664-1600

State Laws

Chapter 69.50 RCW
Uniform controlled substances act

TITLE 314 WAC
Liquor and Cannabis Board rules

Liquor and Cannabis Board Policies
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Security Requirements

 

 

Rev. Code Wash. (ARCW) § 69.50.331

69.50.331. Application for license.

(d)  The board may license premises located in compliance with the distance requirements set in an ordinance adopted under (b) or (c) of this subsection. Before issuing or renewing a research license for premises within one thousand feet but not less than one hundred feet of an elementary school, secondary school, or playground in compliance with an ordinance passed pursuant to (c) of this subsection, the board must ensure that the facility:

(i)  Meets a security standard exceeding that which applies to marijuana producer, processor, or retailer licensees;

69.50.342. State liquor and cannabis board — Rules.

(1)  For the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of chapter 3, Laws of 2013 according to their true intent or of supplying any deficiency therein, the state liquor and cannabis board may adopt rules not inconsistent with the spirit of chapter 3, Laws of 2013 as are deemed necessary or advisable. Without limiting the generality of the preceding sentence, the state liquor and cannabis board is empowered to adopt rules regarding the following:

(d)  Security requirements for retail outlets and premises where marijuana is produced or processed, and safety protocols for licensees and their employees;

(e)  Screening, hiring, training, and supervising employees of licensees;

(f)  Retail outlet locations and hours of operation;

69.50.345. State liquor and cannabis board — Rules — Procedures and criteria. (Effective until January 1, 2020)

The state liquor and cannabis board, subject to the provisions of this chapter, must adopt rules that establish the procedures and criteria necessary to implement the following:

(1)  Licensing of marijuana producers, marijuana processors, and marijuana retailers, including prescribing forms and establishing application, reinstatement, and renewal fees.

 (2)  Determining, in consultation with the office of financial management, the maximum number of retail outlets that may be licensed in each county, taking into consideration:

(a)  Population distribution;

(b)  Security and safety issues;

(c)  The provision of adequate access to licensed sources of marijuana concentrates, useable marijuana, and marijuana-infused products to discourage purchases from the illegal market; and

(d)  The number of retail outlets holding medical marijuana endorsements necessary to meet the medical needs of qualifying patients. The state liquor and cannabis board must reconsider and increase the maximum number of retail outlets it established before July 24, 2015, and allow for a new license application period and a greater number of retail outlets to be permitted in order to accommodate the medical needs of qualifying patients and designated providers. After January 1, 2017, any reconsideration of the maximum number of retail outlets needed to meet the medical needs of qualifying patients must consider information contained in the medical marijuana authorization database established in RCW 69.51A.230;

(3)  Determining the maximum quantity of marijuana a marijuana producer may have on the premises of a licensed location at any time without violating Washington state law;

(4)  Determining the maximum quantities of marijuana, marijuana concentrates, useable marijuana, and marijuana-infused products a marijuana processor may have on the premises of a licensed location at any time without violating Washington state law;

(5)  Determining the maximum quantities of marijuana concentrates, useable marijuana, and marijuana-infused products a marijuana retailer may have on the premises of a retail outlet at any time without violating Washington state law;

(6)  In making the determinations required by this section, the state liquor and cannabis board shall take into consideration:

(a)  Security and safety issues;

(b)  The provision of adequate access to licensed sources of marijuana, marijuana concentrates, useable marijuana, and marijuana-infused products to discourage purchases from the illegal market; and

(c)  Economies of scale, and their impact on licensees’ ability to both comply with regulatory requirements and undercut illegal market prices;

69.50.357. Retail outlets — Rules.

(1) 

(a)  Retail outlets may not sell products or services other than marijuana concentrates, useable marijuana, marijuana-infused products, or paraphernalia intended for the storage or use of marijuana concentrates, useable marijuana, or marijuana-infused products.

(b) 

(i)  Retail outlets may receive lockable boxes, intended for the secure storage of marijuana products and paraphernalia, and related literature as a donation from another person or entity, that is not a marijuana producer, processor, or retailer, for donation to their customers.

(ii)  Retail outlets may donate the lockable boxes and provide the related literature to any person eligible to purchase marijuana products under subsection (2) of this section. Retail outlets may not use the donation of lockable boxes or literature as an incentive or as a condition of a recipient’s purchase of a marijuana product or paraphernalia.

(iii)  Retail outlets may also purchase and sell lockable boxes, provided that the sales price is not less than the cost of acquisition.

(5)  In establishing a marijuana research license, the liquor and cannabis board may adopt rules on the following:

(a)  Application requirements;

(b)  Marijuana research license renewal requirements, including whether additional research projects may be added or considered;

(c)  Conditions for license revocation;

(d)  Security measures to ensure marijuana is not diverted to purposes other than research;

(e)  Amount of plants, useable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, or marijuana-infused products a licensee may have on its premises;

(f)  Licensee reporting requirements;

(g)  Conditions under which marijuana grown by licensed marijuana producers and other product types from licensed marijuana processors may be donated to marijuana research licensees; and

(h)  Additional requirements deemed necessary by the liquor and cannabis board.

69.50.385. Common carriers — Licensing — State liquor and cannabis board to adopt rules.

(1)  The state liquor and cannabis board must adopt rules providing for an annual licensing procedure of a common carrier who seeks to transport or deliver marijuana, useable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, and marijuana-infused products within the state.

(2)  The rules for licensing must:

(a)  Establish criteria for considering the approval or denial of a common carrier’s original application or renewal application;

(b)  Provide minimum qualifications for any employee authorized to drive or operate the transportation or delivery vehicle, including a minimum age of at least twenty-one years;

(c)  Address the safety of the employees transporting or delivering the products, including issues relating to the carrying of firearms by such employees;

(d)  Address the security of the products being transported, including a system of electronically tracking all products at both the point of pickup and the point of delivery; and

(e)  Set reasonable fees for the application and licensing process.

(3)  The state liquor and cannabis board may adopt rules establishing the maximum amounts of marijuana, useable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, and marijuana-infused products that may be physically transported or delivered at one time by a common carrier as provided under RCW 69.50.382.

69.50.382. Common carriers — Transportation or delivery of marijuana, useable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, immature plants or clones, marijuana seeds, and marijuana-infused products — Employees prohibited from carrying or using firearm during such services — Exceptions — Use of state ferry routes.

(2)  An employee of a common carrier engaged in marijuana-related transportation or delivery services authorized under subsection (1) of this section is prohibited from carrying or using a firearm during the course of providing such services, unless:

(a)  Pursuant to RCW 69.50.385, the state liquor and cannabis board explicitly authorizes the carrying or use of firearms by such employee while engaged in the transportation or delivery services;

(b)  The employee has an armed private security guard license issued pursuant to RCW 18.170.040; and

(c)  The employee is in full compliance with the regulations established by the state liquor and cannabis board under RCW 69.50.385.

 

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