2021 Legislative Agenda

Protect Against Unionization

The Craft Cannabis Coalition (CCC) strongly supports employment practices that provide for living wages and benefits and support safe and respectful workplaces.  Last session, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) introduced SB6393, designed to force unionization of the Washington State cannabis industry, by inserting Labor into the licensing approval process. We actively oppose any legislation that threatens the viability of our businesses and puts at risk the economic security of our employees. We reject the coercive tactic of tying a third party regulatory points system to the renewal of our hard-won licenses.

Promote Social Equity

CCC strongly supports meaningful industry participation from minority communities harmed by the War on Drugs and believe that promoting diversity should be a priority. These efforts must be substantive and avoid harming current licensees, who face significant financial challenges. This means no increase in new retail or producer license counts or canopy. Social equity should focus on ownership, grants, technical support. This includes:

  • Prioritization of qualified applicants for forfeited licenses and any retail licenses necessitated by population growth identified in the 2020 census.
  • Establishing a meaningful grant or low interest revolving fund to assist new licensees.
  • Broadening the DOC technical assistance program to include production and processing.
  • Narrowing qualifying applicants to Washington residents who were the most victimized by the failed War on Drugs, including past felons or family members of those convicted of marijuana or drug crimes or long-term residents of low-income communities.
  • Possible divestment of a small portion of the excise tax to be invested directly in disproportionately affected communities.
  • Additional actionable recommendations from the Marijuana Social Equity Task Force established under HB2870.

Prevent Vertical Integration, Direct Sales, Delivery

We are adamantly opposed to direct sales or delivery services by producer/processors, which create significant enforcement and youth access problems. We remain opposed to vertical integration of producer/processors and retail operations.  Vertical integration initiates consolidation of a few dominant entities at the expense of many smaller businesses; this does not align with the craft nature of Washington State cannabis and the mission of our Coalition.

Promote Standard Commercial Business Practices

We generally support the allowance of regular business practices for 502 businesses, including contracts, price differentiation, and co-branding; practices currently allowed in alcohol but prohibited in cannabis.

"Use it or lose it" Licensing

In the interest of preserving the value of licenses and promoting stability in an industry that continues to struggle with a surplus of licenses, we propose that licenses being held speculatively with no benefit to our industry, be required to operationalize or be forfeited. Our goal is to put the decision to increase retail licenses in the hands of legislators (under the legislative process), rather than the LCB. Any retail licenses issued, other than those required to address population growth, should come from the existing pool of licenses which have been forfeited or otherwise not activated.  In addition to no licensing of new canopy, we support a requirement that retail licenses issued to address social equity are limited to pulling from the existing pool of unused licenses. Lastly, we believe that if a licensee fails to meet a minimum number of sales in a given time period, their license should be revoked.

Out of State Ownership

Fundamentally, the CCC is not opposed to out of state ownership. However, we would push for a set of guardrails around this issue that would ensure no new licenses were created, no new canopy was created, and vertical integration is still disallowed.

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