We discovered last week that when you mix a group of cannabis industry folks with a slate of LCB folks you end up with a plethora of questions asked and answered.
Some of the top leaders of the LCB participated in a CCC-sponsored conversation Oct. 28 to share updates about legislative and regulatory activities and answer questions from CCC members and others. participants in all cannabis sectors participated in the 1.5-hour meeting.
“As the CCC fights to protect craft cannabis in Washington, we need to have open channels of communication with the LCB to ensure our members’ voices are heard and represented in legislative and regulatory actions,” said CCC Executive Director Joanna Monroe. “I am pleased the LCB is willing to dialogue with us. They offered to meet with members quarterly – and we fully intend to take them up on that offer.”
LCB representatives, including Rick Garza, Kathy Hoffman, Justin Nordhorn and Chris Thompson, fielded several questions from members, including these:
- If the state goes into another shutdown because of COVID, is there a possibility it will include cannabis businesses? There are no guarantees, but it does not seem likely.
- How can I quickly get permission to change the floor plan of my business for social distancing? COVID response is the state’s number one priority, so the state wants to work with members to to make this happen very quickly.
- If there’s another shutdown, I’m concerned about security in a cash-only business. What protections can the state provide? Recommendations included sidewalk-only access for retailers and selling gift cards to reduce the number of cash transactions.
CCC thanks all members who participated in the conversation and looks forward to facilitating future discussions.
Know someone in the cannabis industry who may be interested in these types of events? Invite them to join CCC!