By Jason Liu, second-year student at the University of Washington School of Law.
Now is a critical time for the public to comment on Washington State marijuana product compliance regulations that will come effect in 2016. Per an email sent out by the Department of Health (DoH):
“On October 5, 2015, the Department of Health filed emergency rules related to requirements for certain marijuana products. These rules are required by 2SSB 5052 (section 10) and 2ESSHB 2136 (section 207) to ensure patients have access to tested, reliable products after the medical and regulated markets are merged on July 1, 2016.”
DoH has issued emergency rules on pesticides, marijuana testing, safe handling, and employee training, while also beginning the official rule making process. The public comment period for the rule making has begun and stakeholder meetings are being scheduled. More information on the DoH rule making process generally can be found here.
This a critical opportunity to preview DoH’s expectations on marijuana product standards and ask questions regarding the potential impacts on producers, processors, and retailers.