The Craft Cannabis Coalition is actively engaging on issues important to your business. As a CCC member, we deeply value your input. Today we are actively seeking your feedback on HB 1443, Social Equity in Cannabis.
In 2020, the Washington State Legislature passed HB 2780 which established a legislative task force on social equity in cannabis. The purpose of the task force is to provide recommendations to the LCB, the governor and the legislator regarding the issuance and reissuance of existing retail cannabis licenses and policies that will facilitate development of a cannabis social equity program. Recommendations from the task force were due by December 20, 2020. However, due to Covid-19 delays, the task force has not yet made any formal recommendations.
Last week, House Bill 1443 was filed and a hearing is scheduled before the Commerce and Gaming Committee on February 5, 2021 at 9:30 am. Among other things, the bill seeks to 1) establish a technical assistance pilot program for social equity applicants; 2) directs all forfeited, revoked, canceled, and/or unissued licenses to be prioritized for social equity applicants; 3) adds two producer license holders to the task force; 4) directs the task force to consider specific items as part of its recommendations, including the issuance of new retail and producer / processor licenses.
A copy of the bill is attached. Please provide feedback no later than Thursday, February 4, 2020.
HB1443 Social Equity In Cannabis.pdf