Craft Cannabis Coalition Legislative Priorities
Protect Against Forced 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 representation from minority communities disproportionately harmed by prohibition and the War on Drugs and believe that promoting diversity and reducing harm should be a priority within the Washington State cannabis industry. We feel these efforts must be substantive and avoid harming current licensees, who face significant financial challenges. To us, this means no increase in license counts or canopy square footage. We believe social equity efforts are best served by focusing on community empowerment, grants, and technical support. We would like to leverage our industry experience and regulatory insight to help support the long-term efficacy and success of social equity endeavors.
Prevent Vertical Integration, Direct Sales, Delivery
We are adamantly opposed to direct sales or delivery services. 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, but not limited to, 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 active contributions to our industry, be required to operationalize or be forfeited. Our goal is to put the decision to increase 502 licenses in the hands of legislators (under the legislative process), rather than the LCB. Any 502 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 square footage, we support a requirement that licenses issued to address social equity are pulled from the existing pool of unused licenses, rather than the creation of new 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.