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2021 House Bill 1443: Concerning social equity within the cannabis industry
Introduced by Rep. Melanie Morgan (Parkland) (D) on February 1, 2021
Referred to the House Commerce & Gaming Committee on February 1, 2021
Substitute offered in the House on February 12, 2021
Expands the purpose of the Task Force on Social Equity in Cannabis (Task Force) to include providing recommendations to the Liquor and Cannabis Board on the issuance of existing cannabis producer and processor licenses.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 15, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Kelly Chambers (Puyallup) (R) on March 2, 2021
Removes certain required recommendation topics for the Task Force on Social Equity in Cannabis, including recommendations regarding the social equity impact of: (1) Altering residential cannabis agriculture regulations; (2) Shifting primary regulation of cannabis production from the Liquor and Cannabis Board to the Department of Agriculture; (3) Removing nonviolent cannabis-related felonies and misdemeanors from obtaining a cannabis license; (4) Creating cannabis industry workforce training opportunities for underserved communities; (5) Redirecting funds from the Washington State Patrol Drug Enforcement Task Force to the Cannabis Social Equity Program; and (6) Creating new cannabis license types.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 2, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Chris Corry (Yakima) (R) on March 2, 2021
Removes the emergency clause. Provides that the bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed, rather than immediately.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 2, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Pat Sullivan (Covington) (D) on March 2, 2021
Requires the Liquor and Cannabis Board to consult with interested parties, rather than advocates, in adopting rules to establish certain criteria to be considered a social equity applicant and to further define the criteria of a disproportionately impacted area.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 2, 2021
Received in the Senate on March 5, 2021
Referred to the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee on March 5, 2021
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 25, 2021
Amendment offered in the Senate on April 6, 2021
• Expands the purpose of the Task Force on Social Equity in Cannabis (task force). • Modifies task force reporting requirements, including adding task force recommendation topics and extending the due date for the final task force recommendations to December 9, 2022. • Expands eligible applicants and funding activities under the Cannabis Social Equity Technical Assistance Grant Program. • Authorizes the Department of Commerce to contract to establish a roster of mentors to support and advise certain social equity applicants and licensees.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 6, 2021
Received in the House on April 15, 2021
House concurred in Senate amendment(s).
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 3, 2021

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