This week will bring some changes to the rules governing Washington’s cannabis industry, as two bills passed this past year by the state Legislature are set to go into effect on July 25.

The two bills, ESHB 1443 and ESB 5312, made their way through the state House and were signed into law by the governor this spring. ESHB 1443 broadens the state program established last year to expand minority participation in the cannabis industry. ESB 5312 aims to streamline some of the regulatory red tape surrounding the production and processing of hemp products.

EXPANSION IN SOCIAL EQUITY

Two years ago, when the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced its so-called “Cannabis 2.0” modernization proposals for the state’s cannabis industry, one of the main issues addressed was social equity. As part of Cannabis 2.0, the LCB established programs to help expand minority participation in the cannabis industry and help to undo negative effects…

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