The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board ("LCB") issued an interpretive statement on July 22, 2021 ("Notice"), with the aim of resolving questions surrounding the legality of processors making delta-9 THC from CBD. The LCB concluded that cannabis processors cannot convert hemp-derived CBD into delta-9 THC in the legal cannabis market. Processors engaging in these activities may be subject to administrative violations (“AVNs”) or criminal prosecution.
Foster Garvey’s Cannabis practice group comprises a premier legal counsel team who provides a full range of legal services such as regulatory compliance, marijuana licensing, business finance, contracts, labor and employment, health care, real estate, intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, technology and tax. Our team possesses deep and diverse industry experience and has counseled clients across virtually all industry sectors. We understand the inherent challenges that licensed marijuana and ancillary businesses in Washington state, Oregon and Alaska are burdened with in this highly regulated industry as they deal with onerous state and local regulations as well as uncertainty resulting from federal law.
We are committed to helping our clients achieve their business goals while navigating the intricacies in this rapidly changing area of law. We prize innovation and entrepreneurship, and closely monitoring industry trends.