Last Update: 5/31/17

Chapter 314-55 WAC

MARIJUANA LICENSES, APPLICATION PROCESS, REQUIREMENTS, AND REPORTING

WAC Sections

What is the purpose of this chapter?
Definitions.
General information about marijuana licenses.
Conditional sales prohibited.
Prohibited practicesMoney advancesContractsGiftsRebates, etc.
Marijuana license qualifications and application process.
What persons or entities have to qualify for a marijuana license?
What criminal history might prevent a marijuana license applicant from receiving or keeping a marijuana license?
What marijuana law or rule violation history might prevent an applicant from receiving a marijuana license?
Reasons the WSLCB may seek denial, suspension, or cancellation of a marijuana license application or license.
Process if the WSLCB denies a marijuana license application.
Marijuana research license.
What is a marijuana producer license and what are the requirements and fees related to a marijuana producer license?
What is a marijuana processor license and what are the requirements and fees related to a marijuana processor license?
What is a marijuana retailer license and what are the requirements and fees related to a marijuana retailer license?
Medical marijuana endorsement.
Who can apply for a marijuana retailer license?
Insurance requirements.
What are the security requirements for a marijuana licensee?
Production of marijuana.
What are the transportation requirements for a marijuana licensee?
What are the mandatory signs a marijuana licensee must post on a licensed premises?
What are the recordkeeping requirements for marijuana licensees?
What are the tax and reporting requirements for marijuana licensees?
What if a marijuana licensee fails to report or pay, or reports or pays late?
Marijuana servings and transaction limitations.
Samples.
Marijuana waste disposalLiquids and solids.
Standardized scales.
Laboratory certification and accreditation requirements.
Quality assurance sampling protocols.
Quality assurance testing.
Proficiency testing.
Good laboratory practice checklist.
Laboratory certificationSuspension and revocation.
Marijuana processor license extraction requirements.
Packaging and labeling requirements.
Marijuana warning symbol requirement.
Marijuana product compliance.
Pesticide action levels.
What are my responsibilities as a marijuana licensee?
What method of payment can a marijuana licensee use to purchase marijuana?
Ownership changes.
Change of location.
Change of business name.
Discontinue marijuana sales.
Death or incapacity of a marijuana licensee.
Are marijuana license fees refundable?
What hours may a marijuana retailer licensee conduct sales?
What are the forms of acceptable identification?
Advertising.
Objections to marijuana license applications.
Objections to marijuana license renewals.
Does the WSLCB have the right to inspect my premises or vehicle licensed to produce, process, sell, or transport marijuana?
How will the WSLCB identify marijuana, usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, and marijuana-infused products during checks of licensed businesses?
Will the WSLCB seize or confiscate marijuana, marijuana concentrates, usable marijuana, and marijuana-infused products?
What is the process once the WSLCB summarily orders marijuana, usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, or marijuana-infused products of a marijuana licensee to be destroyed?
Marijuana recalls.
What are the procedures the WSLCB will use to destroy or donate marijuana, usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, and marijuana-infused products to law enforcement?
Transportation license.
Cooperatives.
What are the recordkeeping and reporting requirements for cooperatives?
Qualifying patient or designated provider extraction requirements.
What are the procedures for notifying a licensee of an alleged violation of a WSLCB statute or regulation?
What is the process once the WSLCB summarily suspends a marijuana license?
How may a licensee challenge the summary suspension of his or her marijuana license?
Review of orders on stay.
What options does a licensee have once he/she receives a notice of an administrative violation?
What are the penalties if a marijuana license holder violates a marijuana law or rule?
Group 1 violations against public safety.
Group 2 regulatory violations.
Group 3 license violations.
Group 4 marijuana producer and/or processor violations.
Group 5 license violations.
Information about marijuana license suspensions.


314-55-005
What is the purpose of this chapter?

The purpose of this chapter is to outline the application process, qualifications and requirements to obtain and maintain a marijuana license and the reporting requirements for a marijuana licensee.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-005, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-010
Definitions.

Following are definitions for the purpose of this chapter. Other definitions are in RCW 69.50.101.
(1) "Applicant" or "marijuana license applicant" means any person or business entity who is considered by the WSLCB as a true party of interest in a marijuana license, as outlined in WAC 314-55-035. However, for purposes of determining an application's priority under RCW 69.50.331 (1)(a), only the person or business entity that is applying for the license will be considered the applicant.
(2) "Batch" means a quantity of marijuana-infused product containing material from one or more lots of marijuana.
(3) "Business name" or "trade name" means the name of a licensed business as used by the licensee on signs and advertising.
(4) "Child care center" means an entity that regularly provides child day care and early learning services for a group of children for periods of less than twenty-four hours licensed by the Washington state department of early learning under chapter 170-295 WAC.
(5) "Consultant" means an expert who provides advice or services in a particular field, whether a fee is charged or not. A consultant who is in receipt of, or has the right to receive, a percentage of the gross or net profit from the licensed business during any full or partial calendar or fiscal year is a true party of interest and subject to the requirements of WAC 314-55-035. A consultant who exercises any control over an applicant's or licensee's business operations is also subject to the requirements of WAC 314-55-035(4).
(6) "Cooperative" means a group of more than one, but no more than four qualified medical marijuana patients and/or designated providers who share responsibility for growing and processing marijuana only for the medical use of the members of the cooperative.
(7) "Domicile" means a person's true, fixed, primary permanent home and place of habitation and the tax parcel on which it is located. It is the place where the person intends to remain and to which the person expects to return when the person leaves without intending to establish a new domicile elsewhere.
(8) "Elementary school" means a school for early education that provides the first four to eight years of basic education and recognized by the Washington state superintendent of public instruction.
(9) "Employee" means any person performing services on a licensed premises for the benefit of the licensee whether or not such person is compensated by the licensee.
(10) "Financier" means any person or entity, other than a banking institution, that has made or will make an investment in the licensed business. A financier can be a person or entity that provides money as a gift, loans money to the applicant/business and expects to be paid back the amount of the loan with or without interest, or expects any percentage of the profits from the business in exchange for a loan or expertise.
(11) "Game arcade" means an entertainment venue featuring primarily video games, simulators, and/or other amusement devices where persons under twenty-one years of age are not restricted.
(12) "Intermediate product" means marijuana flower lots or other material lots that have been converted by a marijuana processor to a marijuana concentrate or marijuana-infused product that must be further processed prior to retail sale.
(13) "Library" means an organized collection of resources made accessible to the public for reference or borrowing supported with money derived from taxation.
(14) "Licensed premises" means all areas of a premises where the licensee has leasehold rights as listed in the property lease submitted to the board. Any vehicle assigned for the purposes of transporting marijuana, usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, or marijuana-infused products shall be considered an extension of the licensed premises.
(15) "Licensee" or "marijuana licensee" means any person or entity that holds a marijuana license, or any person or entity who is a true party of interest in a marijuana license, as outlined in WAC 314-55-035.
(16) "Lot" means either of the following:
(a) The flowers from one or more marijuana plants of the same strain. A single lot of flowers cannot weigh more than five pounds; or
(b) The trim, leaves, or other plant matter from one or more marijuana plants. A single lot of trim, leaves, or other plant matter cannot weigh more than fifteen pounds.
(17) "Marijuana strain" means a pure breed or hybrid variety of Cannabis reflecting similar or identical combinations of properties such as appearance, taste, color, smell, cannabinoid profile, and potency.
(18) "Member" means a principal or governing person of a given entity, including but not limited to: LLC member/manager, president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, CEO, director, stockholder, partner, general partner, limited partner. This includes all spouses of all principals or governing persons named in this definition and referenced in WAC 314-55-035.
(19) "Paraphernalia" means items used for the storage or use of usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, or marijuana-infused products, such as, but not limited to, lighters, roach clips, pipes, rolling papers, bongs, and storage containers. Items for growing, cultivating, and processing marijuana, such as, but not limited to, butane, lights, and chemicals are not considered "paraphernalia."
(20) "Pesticide" means, but is not limited to: (a) Any substance or mixture of substances intended to prevent, destroy, control, repel, or mitigate any insect, rodent, snail, slug, fungus, weed, and any other form of plant or animal life or virus, except virus on or in a living person or other animal which is normally considered to be a pest; (b) any substance or mixture of substances intended to be used as a plant regulator, defoliant, or desiccant; and (c) any spray adjuvant. Pesticides include substances commonly referred to as herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and cloning agents.
(21) "Perimeter" means a property line that encloses an area.
(22) "Plant" means a marijuana plant.
(23) "Plant canopy" means the square footage dedicated to live plant production, such as maintaining mother plants, propagating plants from seed to plant tissue, clones, vegetative or flowering area. Plant canopy does not include areas such as space used for the storage of fertilizers, pesticides, or other products, quarantine, office space, etc.
(24) "Playground" means a public outdoor recreation area for children, usually equipped with swings, slides, and other playground equipment, owned and/or managed by a city, county, state, or federal government.
(25) "Public park" means an area of land for the enjoyment of the public, having facilities for rest and/or recreation, such as a baseball diamond or basketball court, owned and/or managed by a city, county, state, federal government, or metropolitan park district. Public park does not include trails.
(26) "Public transit center" means a facility located outside of the public right of way that is owned and managed by a transit agency or city, county, state, or federal government for the express purpose of staging people and vehicles where several bus or other transit routes converge. They serve as efficient hubs to allow bus riders from various locations to assemble at a central point to take advantage of express trips or other route to route transfers.
(27) "Recreation center or facility" means a supervised center that provides a broad range of activities and events intended primarily for use by persons under twenty-one years of age, owned and/or managed by a charitable nonprofit organization, city, county, state, or federal government.
(28) "Residence" means a person's address where he or she physically resides and maintains his or her abode.
(29) "Secondary school" means a high and/or middle school: A school for students who have completed their primary education, usually attended by children in grades seven to twelve and recognized by the Washington state superintendent of public instruction.
(30) "Selling price" means the same meaning as in RCW 82.08.010, except that when the product is sold under circumstances where the total amount of consideration paid for the product is not indicative of its true value. Selling price means the true value of the product sold as determined or agreed to by the WSLCB. For purposes of this subsection:
(a) "Product" means marijuana, marijuana concentrates, usable marijuana, and marijuana-infused products; and
(b) "True value" means market value based on sales at comparable locations in the state of the same or similar product of like quality and character sold under comparable conditions of sale to comparable purchasers. In the absence of such sales of the same or similar product, true value means the value of the product sold as determined by all of the seller's direct and indirect costs attributed to the product.
(31) "Unit" means an individually packaged marijuana-infused solid or liquid product meant to be eaten or swallowed, not to exceed ten servings or one hundred milligrams of active tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), or Delta 9.
(32) "WSLCB" means the Washington state liquor and cannabis board.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-010, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-010, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-010, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-015
General information about marijuana licenses.

(1) A person or entity must meet certain qualifications to receive a marijuana license, which are continuing qualifications in order to maintain the license.
(2) All applicants and employees working in each licensed establishment must be at least twenty-one years of age. No one under twenty-one years of age is allowed to enter or remain on a marijuana licensed premises except as provided in RCW 69.50.357.
(3) Minors restricted signs must be posted at all marijuana licensed premises.
(4) A marijuana license applicant may not exercise any of the privileges of a marijuana license until the WSLCB approves the license application.
(5) The WSLCB will not approve any marijuana license for a location where law enforcement access, without notice or cause, is limited. This includes a personal residence.
(6) The WSLCB will not approve any marijuana license for a location on federal lands.
(7) The WSLCB will not approve any marijuana retailer license for a location within another business. More than one license could be located in the same building if each licensee has their own area separated by full walls with their own entrance. Product may not be commingled.
(8) Every marijuana licensee must post and keep posted its license, or licenses, and any additional correspondence containing conditions and restrictions imposed by the WSLCB in a conspicuous place on the premises.
(9) In approving a marijuana license, the WSLCB reserves the right to impose special conditions as to the involvement in the operations of the licensed business of any former licensees, their former employees, or any person who does not qualify for a marijuana license.
(10) A marijuana producer, processor or retailer licensed by the WSLCB must conduct the production, processing, storage, and sale of marijuana-infused products using sanitary practices.
(11) A marijuana processor licensed by the board must ensure marijuana-infused edible processing facilities are constructed, kept, and maintained in a clean and sanitary condition in accordance with rules and as prescribed by the Washington state department of agriculture under chapters 16-165 and 16-167 WAC.
(12) Marijuana licensees may not allow the consumption of marijuana or marijuana-infused products on the licensed premises.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-015, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-015, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-015, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-017
Conditional sales prohibited.

Conditional sales of marijuana products are prohibited.
(1) Marijuana producers and processors are prohibited from requiring the purchase of other products and/or services by another marijuana licensee as a condition of a transaction of marijuana product. Products and services include, but are not limited to, paraphernalia, lighters, promotional items, unreasonable processing and/or packaging charges.
(2) Marijuana retailers are prohibited from requiring a customer to purchase other products and/or services as a condition to purchasing a marijuana product. Products and services include, but are not limited to, paraphernalia, lighters, promotional items, memberships, and bags, boxes, or containers.
(3) The selling price of marijuana product must be indicative of the true value when sold without any other products or services.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-017, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15.]



314-55-018
Prohibited practicesMoney advancesContractsGiftsRebates, etc.

(1) No industry member or marijuana retailer shall enter into any agreement which causes undue influence over another retailer or industry member. This rule shall not be construed as prohibiting the placing and accepting of orders for the purchase and delivery of marijuana that are made in accordance with usual and common business practice and that are otherwise in compliance with the rules.
(2) No marijuana producer or processor shall advance and no marijuana licensee shall receive money or moneys' worth under an agreement written or unwritten or by means of any other business practice or arrangement such as:
(a) Gifts;
(b) Discounts;
(c) Loans of money;
(d) Premiums;
(e) Rebates;
(f) Free product of any kind except as allowed by WAC 314-55-083; or
(g) Treats or services of any nature whatsoever except such services as are authorized in this rule.
(3) "Industry member" means a licensed marijuana producer, marijuana processor, marijuana retailer, their authorized representatives, and any affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, partners, financiers, agents, employees, and representatives of any industry member.
(4) No industry member or employee thereof shall sell to any marijuana licensee or solicit from any such licensee any order for any marijuana tied in with, or contingent upon, the licensee's purchase of some other marijuana, or any other merchandise, paraphernalia, property, or service.
(5) If the WSLCB finds in any instance that any licensee has violated this regulation, then all licensees involved shall be held equally responsible for such violation.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-018, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-018, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15.]



314-55-020
Marijuana license qualifications and application process.

Each marijuana license application is unique and investigated individually. The WSLCB may inquire and request documents regarding all matters in connection with the marijuana license application. The application requirements for a marijuana license include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
(1) Per RCW 69.50.331, the WSLCB shall send a notice to cities and counties, and may send a notice to tribal governments or port authorities regarding the marijuana license application. The local authority has twenty days to respond with a recommendation to approve or an objection to the applicant, location, or both.
(2) Applicants for a new marijuana producer, processor, or retailer license and those who apply to change their location must display a sign provided by the WSLCB on the outside of the premises to be licensed notifying the public that the premises are subject to an application for a marijuana license. Posting notices must occur within seven days of submitting the location confirmation form for new licenses or the change of location application for existing licensees. The WSLCB may check for compliance with this requirement at its discretion. The sign must:
(a) Not be altered. The licensee must post the sign sent by the WSLCB without changing, adding, or subtracting from the text;
(b) Be conspicuously displayed on, or immediately adjacent to, the premises subject to the application and in the location that is most likely to be seen by the public;
(c) Be of a size sufficient to ensure that it will be readily seen by the public, at a minimum these signs must be eight and one-half by eleven inches;
(d) Be posted within seven business days of the date the notice is sent to the applicant by the WSLCB; and
(e) The notice must be posted for fourteen consecutive days.
(3) The WSLCB will use a priority system to determine the order that marijuana retailers are licensed.
(a) First priority is given to applicants who:
(i) Applied to the state liquor and cannabis board for a marijuana retail license prior to July 1, 2014. To meet this qualification, the applicant must provide the WSLCB a copy of the master business license from department of revenue business licensing service showing the applicant applied for a retail marijuana license prior to July 1, 2014;
(ii) Operated or were employed by a collective garden before January 1, 2013. To meet this qualification, the applicant must provide the WSLCB with a copy of the master business from department of revenue business licensing service showing the applicant owned a collective garden prior to January 1, 2013, or a pay stub or tax information indicating that the applicant was employed by a collective garden prior to January 1, 2013;
(iii) Have maintained a state business license and municipal business license, as applicable in the relevant jurisdiction. To meet this qualification, the applicant must provide the WSLCB a copy of the master business license from department of revenue business licensing service and copies of municipal business licenses from January 1, 2013, through the date of application; and
(iv) Have had a history of paying all applicable state taxes and fees. To meet this qualification, the applicant must provide the WSLCB evidence from the department of revenue, department of labor and industries, and the employment security department that the entity is up to date on all applicable state taxes since January 1, 2013, and that they have paid all applicable fees to the WSLCB for all businesses they are engaged in since January 1, 2013.
(b) Second priority is given to applicants who:
(i) Operated or were employed by a collective garden before January 1, 2013. To meet this qualification, the applicant must provide the WSLCB a copy of the master business license from department of revenue business licensing service showing the applicant owned a collective garden prior to January 1, 2013, or a pay stub or tax information indicating that the applicant was employed by a collective garden prior to January 1, 2013;
(ii) Have maintained a state business license and municipal business license, as applicable in the relevant jurisdiction. To meet this qualification, the applicant must provide the WSLCB a copy of the master business license from department of revenue business licensing service and copies of municipal business licenses from January 1, 2013, through the date of application; and
(iii) Have had a history of paying all applicable state taxes and fees. To meet this qualification, the applicant must provide the WSLCB evidence from the department of revenue, the department of labor and industries, and the employment security department that the entity is up to date on all applicable state taxes since January 1, 2013, and that they have paid all applicable fees to the WSLCB for all businesses they are engaged in since January 1, 2013, for all businesses they are engaged in since January 1, 2013.
(c) Third priority is given to all other applicants who do not meet the qualifications and experience identified for priority one or two.
(4) All marijuana retail applicants must meet the qualifications required by the WSLCB before they will be granted a license regardless of priority.
(5) The WSLCB will verify that the proposed business meets the minimum requirements for the type of marijuana license requested.
(6) The WSLCB will conduct an investigation of the applicants' criminal history and administrative violation history, per WAC 314-55-040 and 314-55-045.
(a) The criminal history background check will consist of completion of a personal/criminal history form provided by the WSLCB and submission of fingerprints to a vendor approved by the WSLCB. The applicant will be responsible for paying all fees required by the vendor for fingerprinting. These fingerprints will be submitted to the Washington state patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for comparison to their criminal records. The applicant will be responsible for paying all fees required by the Washington state patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
(b) Financiers will also be subject to criminal history investigations equivalent to that of the license applicant. Financiers will also be responsible for paying all fees required for the criminal history check.
(7) The WSLCB will conduct a financial investigation in order to verify the source of funds used for the acquisition and startup of the business, the applicants' right to the real and personal property, and to verify the true party(ies) of interest.
(8) The WSLCB may require a demonstration by the applicant that they are familiar with marijuana laws and rules.
(9) The WSLCB may conduct a final inspection of the proposed licensed business, in order to determine if the applicant has complied with all the requirements of the license requested.
(10) Per RCW 69.50.331 (1)(c), all applicants applying for a marijuana license must have resided in the state of Washington for at least six months prior to application for a marijuana license. All partnerships, employee cooperatives, associations, nonprofit corporations, corporations and limited liability companies applying for a marijuana license must be formed in Washington. All members must also meet the six month residency requirement. Managers or agents who manage a licensee's place of business must also meet the six month residency requirement.
(11) Submission of an operating plan that demonstrates the applicant is qualified to hold the marijuana license applied for to the satisfaction of the WSLCB. The operating plan shall include the following elements in accordance with the applicable standards in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC).
(12) As part of the application process, each applicant must submit in a format supplied by the WSLCB an operating plan detailing the following as it pertains to the license type being sought. This operating plan must also include a floor plan or site plan drawn to scale which illustrates the entire operation being proposed. The operating plan must include the following information:
Producer
Processor
Retailer
Security
Security
Security
Traceability
Traceability
Traceability
Employee qualifications and training
Employee qualifications and training
Employee qualifications and training
Transportation of product including packaging of product for transportation
Transportation of product
Transportation of product
Destruction of waste product
Destruction of waste product
Destruction of waste product
Description of growing operation including growing media, size of grow space allocated for plant production, space allocated for any other business activity, description of all equipment used in the production process, and a list of soil amendments, fertilizers, other crop production aids, or pesticides, utilized in the production process
Description of the types of products to be processed at this location together with a complete description of all equipment to include all marijuana-infused edible processing facility equipment and solvents, gases, chemicals and other compounds used to create extracts and for processing of marijuana-infused products
 
Testing procedures and protocols
Testing procedures and protocols
 
Employee compensation and benefits data (see subsection (13) of this section)
Employee compensation and benefits data (see subsection (13) of this section)
Employee compensation and benefits data (see subsection (13) of this section)
 
Description of the types of products to be processed at this location together with a complete description of processing of marijuana-infused products
 
 
Description of packaging and labeling of products to be processed
 
 
 
What array of products are to be sold and how are the products to be displayed to consumers
After obtaining a license, the license holder must notify the WSLCB in advance of any change in their operating plan. Prior approval is required before the change is implemented.
(13)(a) In order to aid the WSLCB in monitoring the industry as it develops, the WSLCB requests that all applicants and licensees seeking renewal provide the following information:
(b) Employees compensation and benefits data.
(i) Will the applicant/licensee provide a living wage (at least one hundred fifty percent of the state minimum wage) to eighty-five percent or more of its hourly employees?
(ii) Will the applicant/licensee provide health insurance to at least eighty-five percent of its hourly employees?
(iii) Will the applicant/licensee provide a defined benefit pension plan to at least eighty-five percent of its hourly employees?
(iv) Will the applicant/licensee provide five or more paid sick days annually to at least eighty-five percent of its hourly employees?
(v) Is there a signed labor peace agreement or collective bargaining agreement with a labor organization in place?
(14) Applicants applying for a marijuana license must be current in any tax obligations to the Washington state department of revenue and other state agencies, as an individual or as part of any entity in which they have an ownership interest. Applicants must sign an attestation that, under penalty of denial or loss of licensure, that representation is correct.
(15) The issuance or approval of a license shall not be construed as a license for, or an approval of, any violations of local rules or ordinances including, but not limited to: Building and fire codes, zoning ordinances, and business licensing requirements.
(16) Upon failure to respond to the WSLCB licensing and regulation division's requests for information and/or documentation within the timeline provided, the application may be administratively closed or denial of the application will be sought.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-020, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-020, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-020, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-035
What persons or entities have to qualify for a marijuana license?

A marijuana license must be issued in the name(s) of the true party(ies) of interest.
(1) True parties of interest - For purposes of this title, "true party of interest" means:
True party of interest
Persons to be qualified
Sole proprietorship
Sole proprietor and spouse.
General partnership
All partners and spouses.
Limited partnership, limited liability partnership, or limited liability limited partnership
All general partners and their spouses.
All limited partners and spouses.
Limited liability company
All members and their spouses.
 
All managers and their spouses.
Privately held corporation
All corporate officers (or persons with equivalent title) and their spouses.
 
All stockholders and their spouses.
Publicly held corporation
All corporate officers (or persons with equivalent title) and their spouses.
 
All stockholders and their spouses.
Multilevel ownership structures
All persons and entities that make up the ownership structure (and their spouses).
Any entity or person (inclusive of financiers) that are expecting a percentage of the profits in exchange for a monetary loan or expertise. Financial institutions are not considered true parties of interest.
Any entity or person who is in receipt of, or has the right to receive, a percentage of the gross or net profit from the licensed business during any full or partial calendar or fiscal year.
Any entity or person who exercises control over the licensed business in exchange for money or expertise.
For the purposes of this chapter:
 
"Gross profit" includes the entire gross receipts from all sales and services made in, upon, or from the licensed business.
 
"Net profit" means gross sales minus cost of goods sold.
Nonprofit corporations
All individuals and spouses, and entities having membership rights in accordance with the provisions of the articles of incorporation or the bylaws.
(2) For purposes of this section, "true party of interest" does not mean:
(a) A person or entity receiving reasonable payment for rent on a fixed basis under a bona fide lease or rental obligation, unless the lessor or property manager exercises control over or participates in the management of the business.
(b) A person who receives a bonus as an employee, if: The employee is on a fixed wage or salary and the bonus is not more than twenty-five percent of the employee's prebonus annual compensation; or the bonus is based on a written incentive/bonus program that is not out of the ordinary for the services rendered.
(c) A person or entity contracting with the applicant(s) to sell the property, unless the contract holder exercises control over or participates in the management of the licensed business.
(3) Financiers - The WSLCB will conduct a financial investigation as well as a criminal background of financiers.
(4) Persons who exercise control of business - The WSLCB will conduct an investigation of any person or entity who exercises any control over the applicant's business operations. This may include both a financial investigation and/or a criminal history background.
(5) After licensure, a true party of interest, including financiers, must continue to disclose the source of funds for all moneys invested in the licensed business. The WSLCB must approve these funds prior to investing them into the business.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-035, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-035, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-040
What criminal history might prevent a marijuana license applicant from receiving or keeping a marijuana license?

(1) When the WSLCB processes a criminal history check on an applicant, it uses a point system to determine if the person qualifies for a license. The WSLCB will not normally issue a marijuana license or renew a license to an applicant who has accumulated eight or more points as indicated below:
Description
Time period during which points will be assigned
Points assigned
Felony conviction
Ten years
12 points
Gross misdemeanor conviction
Three years
5 points
Misdemeanor conviction
Three years
4 points
Currently under federal or state supervision for a felony conviction
n/a
8 points
Nondisclosure of any of the above
n/a
4 points each
(2) If a case is pending for an alleged offense that would earn eight or more points, the WSLCB will hold the application for the disposition of the case. If the disposition is not settled within ninety days, the WSLCB will administratively close the application.
(3) The WSLCB may not issue a marijuana license to anyone who has accumulated eight or more points as referenced above. This is a discretionary threshold and it is further recommended that the following exceptions to this standard be applied:
Exception to criminal history point assignment.
(a) Prior to initial license application, two federal or state misdemeanor convictions for the possession only of marijuana within the previous three years may not be applicable to the criminal history points accumulated. All criminal history must be reported on the personal/criminal history form.
(i) Regardless of applicability, failure to disclose full criminal history will result in point accumulation;
(ii) State misdemeanor possession convictions accrued after December 6, 2013, exceeding the allowable amounts of marijuana, usable marijuana, and marijuana-infused products described in chapter 69.50 RCW shall count toward criminal history point accumulation.
(b) Prior to initial license application, any single state or federal conviction for the growing, possession, or sale of marijuana will be considered for mitigation on an individual basis. Mitigation will be considered based on the quantity of product involved and other circumstances surrounding the conviction.
(4) Once licensed, marijuana licensees must report any criminal convictions to the WSLCB within fourteen days.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-040, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-040, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-040, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-045
What marijuana law or rule violation history might prevent an applicant from receiving a marijuana license?

The WSLCB will conduct an investigation of all applicants' marijuana law or rule administrative violation history. The WSLCB will not normally issue a marijuana license to a person, or to an entity with a true party of interest, who has the following violation history; or to any person who has demonstrated a pattern of disregard for laws or rules.
Violation Type
(see WAC 314-55-515)
Period of Consideration
Three or more public safety violations;
Violations issued within three years of the date the application is received by the board's licensing and regulation division.
Four or more regulatory violations; or
 
 
One to four, or more license violations.
Violations issued within the last three years the true party(ies) of interest were licensed.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-045, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-045, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-050
Reasons the WSLCB may seek denial, suspension, or cancellation of a marijuana license application or license.

Following is a list of reasons the WSLCB may deny, suspend, or cancel a marijuana license application or license. Per RCW 69.50.331, the WSLCB has broad discretionary authority to approve or deny a marijuana license application for reasons including, but not limited to, the following:
(1) Failure to meet qualifications or requirements for the specific marijuana producer, processor, or retail license, as outlined in this chapter and chapter 69.50 RCW.
(2) Failure or refusal to submit information or documentation requested by the WSLCB during the evaluation process.
(3) The applicant makes a misrepresentation of fact, or fails to disclose a material fact to the WSLCB during the application process or any subsequent investigation after a license has been issued.
(4) Failure to meet the criminal history standards outlined in WAC 314-55-040.
(5) Failure to meet the marijuana law or rule violation history standards outlined in WAC 314-55-045.
(6) The source of funds identified by the applicant to be used for the acquisition, startup and operation of the business is questionable, unverifiable, or determined by the WSLCB to be gained in a manner which is in violation by law.
(7) Denies the WSLCB or its authorized representative access to any place where a licensed activity takes place or fails to produce any book, record or document required by law or WSLCB rule.
(8) Has been denied or had a marijuana license or medical marijuana license suspended or canceled in another state or local jurisdiction.
(9) Where the city, county, tribal government, or port authority has submitted a substantiated objection per the requirements in RCW 69.50.331 (7) and (10).
(10) The WSLCB shall not issue a new marijuana license if the proposed licensed business is within one thousand feet of the perimeter of the grounds of any of the following entities. The distance shall be measured as the shortest straight line distance from the property line of the proposed building/business location to the property line of the entities listed below:
(a) Elementary or secondary school;
(b) Playground;
(c) Recreation center or facility;
(d) Child care center;
(e) Public park;
(f) Public transit center;
(g) Library; or
(h) Any game arcade (where admission is not restricted to persons age twenty-one or older).
(11) A city or county may by local ordinance permit the licensing of marijuana businesses within one thousand feet but not less than one hundred feet of the facilities listed in subsection (10) of this section except elementary and secondary schools, and playgrounds.
If a licensee applies for a marijuana license at a location less than one thousand feet of a recreation center or facility, child care center, public park, public transit center, library, or game arcade, the licensee must provide the WSLCB with a copy of the local ordinance that describes the distance required by the city or county the facility will be located.
(12) Has failed to pay taxes or fees required under chapter 69.50 RCW or failed to provide production, processing, inventory, sales and transportation reports to documentation required under this chapter.
(13) Failure to submit an attestation that they are current in any tax obligations to the Washington state department of revenue.
(14) Has been denied a liquor license or had a liquor license suspended or revoked in this or any other state.
(15) The operating plan does not demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the WSLCB, the applicant is qualified for a license.
(16) Failure to operate in accordance with the WSLCB approved operating plan.
(17) The WSLCB determines the issuance of the license will not be in the best interest of the welfare, health, or safety of the people of the state.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-050, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 14-06-108, § 314-55-050, filed 3/5/14, effective 4/5/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-050, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-070
Process if the WSLCB denies a marijuana license application.

If the WSLCB denies a marijuana license application, the applicants may:
(1) Request an administrative hearing per chapter 34.05 RCW, the Administrative Procedure Act.
(2) Reapply for the license no sooner than one year from the date on the final order of denial.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-070, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-070, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-073
Marijuana research license.

A marijuana research license allows a holder of the license to produce, process, and possess marijuana for the limited research purposes provided in RCW 69.50.372. The WSLCB designates a scientific reviewer (reviewer) to review research applications and make recommendations for the approval or denial of research projects and to assess licensed research activities. The following provisions are in addition to the requirements for marijuana research licensees provided in RCW 69.50.372.
(1) Eligibility and continuing requirements for research license applications, prohibitions and restrictions.
(a) Other than the restrictions listed in this subsection, any person, organization, agency, or business entity may apply for a marijuana research license.
(b) Other marijuana licensees may apply for a research license. Facilities at which the research is conducted must be wholly separate and distinct from the marijuana business, except:
(i) Licensed producers with a research license and approved research project may grow marijuana plants or possess marijuana for research purposes at the producer's licensed premises. However, all marijuana grown or possessed for research purposes or purposes other than those related to the research project must be kept wholly separated and distinct from commercial operations and must not be comingled with or diverted to marijuana grown for commercial purposes or purposes other than those related to the research project; and
(ii) Licensed processors with a research license and approved research project may possess marijuana for research purposes at the processors licensed premises. However, all marijuana possessed for research purposes must be kept wholly separated and distinct from all marijuana possessed for commercial purposes or purposes other than those related to the research project and must not be comingled with or diverted to marijuana possessed for commercial purposes or purposes other than those related to the research project. Licensed processors who do not also hold a producer license may not grow marijuana plants for the purposes of research under a research license at the processor's licensed location.
(c) Labs certified to perform quality assurance testing on marijuana and marijuana products by the WSLCB may apply for a research license. Certified labs with a research license and approved research project must ensure that all marijuana possessed for research purposes is wholly separated from and is not comingled with marijuana possessed for state required testing purposes for licensed producers or processors or marijuana possessed for any reason other than research purposes.
(d) All research license applicants and persons conducting research under the research license must be twenty-one years of age or older.
(e) All research license applicants and those persons that have managing control over an organization, agency, or business entity must pass a criminal background check and financial investigation prior to being eligible to receive a research license.
(f) Except as otherwise provided by chapter 69.50 RCW and agency rule, no applicant for a research license may possess any marijuana plants or marijuana for research purposes unless and until the research project is approved and the applicant is notified that the research license is approved in writing by the WSLCB.
(g) No research licensee may conduct research unless and until the research project is approved by the reviewer and the WSLCB in writing.
(2) Initial applications.
(a) Application made with business licensing services (BLS).
(i) Applicants for a research license must apply through BLS to begin the application process for a research license.
(ii) Upon submitting an application for a research license through BLS, the applicant will receive an application letter from the WSLCB directing the applicant to submit the additional application materials directly to the WSLCB's designated scientific reviewer (reviewer).
(A) The applicant must submit complete and accurate additional application materials directly to the reviewer within thirty days of the date of the application letter from the WSLCB or by the date indicated on the application letter. It is the responsibility of the research license applicant to comply with the application requirements in this section and ensure the application is complete, accurate, and successfully submitted to the reviewer.
(B) Incomplete or incorrect additional application materials, materials that do not adhere to the content requirements in this section, or materials not received by the reviewer by 5:00 p.m. on the 30th day or the application date as indicated on the letter from the WSLCB will not be considered by the reviewer and the WSLCB will withdraw the application after receiving notice in writing from the reviewer.
(b) Additional application materials requirements.
(i) Application materials that do not adhere to the content requirements in this section or incomplete or incorrect applications will be withdrawn.
(ii) The applicant is responsible for ensuring that no information is included in the research plan that may compromise the applicant's ability to secure patent, trade secret, or other intellectual property protection. All application documents must be submitted by a person who has the legal authority to represent the entity if the applicant is an entity other than an individual person.
(iii) All documents must be submitted to the reviewer in a legible PDF format.
(iv) All of the following information and documents are required for each initial application:
(A) A completed cover page form, marijuana research license application form, and signature page form created by the WSLCB and available at the WSLCB's web site at www.lcb.wa.gov.
(B) A research plan limited to four pages that includes the following information:
(I) Purpose and goal(s) of the proposed research project(s);
(II) Key milestones and timelines for the research project(s);
(III) Background and preliminary studies;
(IV) Amount of marijuana to be grown, if applicable, including the justification with respect to milestone tasks;
(V) Anticipated cost of the proposed research project(s) and funding available for the work;
(VI) Key personnel and organizations, including names and roles;
(VII) Facilities, equipment, and other resources required and available for conducting the proposed research project(s).
(C) A biosketch for each individual involved in executing the proposed research project limited to two pages per individual performing technical and administrative functions essential to performing the proposed research, including proof that the individual is twenty-one years of age or older. Biosketches must be prepared using the National Institutes of Health (NIH) biographical sketch format, available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/new-renewal-revisions.htm.
(D) Letters of support limited to two pages per letter confirming the commitment of time and resources from external personnel or organizations if external personnel or organizations will participate in research activities under an approved research project. Letters of support are required to confirm the commitment of time and resources from personnel involved in the proposed research project(s) who are not employed at the applicant organization. Letters of support must include specific details regarding the type(s) and magnitude of the time and resources being committed to the proposed research project(s) and must be signed by individuals having the authority to make such commitments.
(E) For all project(s) involving human or animal subjects, documentation of all required institutional review board (IRB) or institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) approvals. Documents must be provided on IRB or IACUC letterhead and be signed by authorized officials of those regulatory bodies.
(v) Documents that do not conform to the requirements in subsection (b) of this section may be withdrawn. All nonform documents must conform to the following requirements:
(A) Eight and one-half by 11-inch portrait-oriented page dimensions;
(B) Single-spaced with all margins measuring at least one inch; and
(C) At least 12-point font in Times New Roman or Arial, not proportionately reduced.
(c) Review by the WSLCB's designated scientific reviewer.
(i) If the applicant submits application materials to the reviewer by the required deadline specified by the WSLCB's application letter and the reviewer determines the additional application materials are complete and meet the document requirements specified in this section, the reviewer will proceed with reviewing the research project to evaluate whether the project complies with the provisions of RCW 69.50.372 (1) and (2).
(ii) When evaluating research projects, the reviewer must:
(A) Ensure confidentiality; and
(B) Screen members of the reviewer panel for any conflicts of interest and take appropriate measures if a conflict of interest is identified.
(iii) The reviewer will assess fees for the review of the research project proposal directly to the applicant pursuant to RCW 69.50.372(7). The reviewer will not recommend approval of an application for any research license for which an unpaid balance of fees to the reviewer is due regardless of the recommendation of the reviewer regarding the sufficiency of the research project.
(iv) If at any time during the process of review the reviewer finds that the additional application materials are not complete, the reviewer will notify the WSLCB in writing and the WSLCB will withdraw the application.
(v) The reviewer will supply a written evaluation to the WSLCB in writing after completing review of the research project. Evaluations will provide the approval recommendation status; determination(s) of the applicable research category or categories; and, as applicable, the reasons for a "Not Approved" recommendation. The WSLCB will provide written evaluations to applicants following completion of the review process by the reviewer along with the WSLCB's approval or denial of the research license.
(d) WSLCB requirements and licensing process. If the reviewer indicates the application for a research license should be approved, the following requirements must be met prior to final approval of the license by the WSLCB.
(i) The WSLCB will request criminal background and financial information from the research license applicant and evaluate the applicant(s) pursuant to the standards and requirements established in WAC 314-55-020 except that research license applicants are not subject to prioritization under subsection (3) of that section;
(ii) Funding of the proposed research must be disclosed by the applicant(s) in amount, timing and source(s). Funding sources may include organizational resources and individuals and organizations that are not part of the person, organization, agency, or business entity applying for the research license. Out-of-state resources may be included, but must be identified;
(iii) The applicant(s) must adhere to the notice posting requirements under WAC 314-55-020;
(iv) The applicant must demonstrate access to and proficiency with the traceability system; and
(v) The applicant must meet facility security requirements as provided in WAC 314-55-083 prior to being granted a license.
(3) Research license withdrawal and denials.
(a) The WSLCB will withdraw an application if:
(i) The application or additional application materials are determined incomplete or incorrect by the WSLCB or its designated reviewer;
(ii) The additional application materials are not timely received by the reviewer as provided in this section; or
(iii) The applicant(s) request withdrawal of a research license application at any time in the application process. The applicant must request the withdrawal in writing and is responsible for any review costs due to the reviewer. The voluntary withdrawal of a research license application does not result in a hearing right.
(b) The WSLCB will deny a research license if:
(i) The scientific reviewer does not recommend approval of the license after reviewing the research proposal for compliance with this section or RCW 69.50.372;
(ii) The applicant does not meet the requirements for a license under this section or RCW 69.50.372; or
(iii) The applicant provides false or misleading information in any of the materials it submits to the WSLCB or the reviewer.
(c) If the WSLCB denies a research application for the reasons provided in (b)(iii) of this subsection or for failing to meet criminal history or administrative violations requirements under this section, the applicant(s) is prohibited from reapplying for a research license for one calendar year from the date of the WSLCB's denial of the license.
(d) A person or entity that has outstanding unpaid review fees owing to the scientific reviewer is prohibited from reapplying for a research license until all review fees are paid to the scientific reviewer.
(4) Reporting required.
(a) The WSLCB or the WSLCB's designated reviewer may require reporting by or auditing of research licensees as necessary.
(b) The WSLCB's designated reviewer must submit an annual status report of all completed and ongoing research projects for the previous year to the WSLCB by December 31st of each calendar year.
(c) The licensee must adhere to the reporting requirements in the traceability system under WAC 314-55-083.
(d) The reviewer must immediately notify the WSLCB if it receives information indicating that a research licensee is operating outside the scope of the projects approved under a research license.
(5) Adding an additional research project or changing existing approved research project process (after licensure).
(a) A research licensee is restricted to only those research activities under a research project that has been reviewed and approved by reviewer.
(b) Applications to add a new project or change an existing approved project is the same as what is required for initial application except that a new license application through BLS is not required. To apply to add a new research project or change an existing approved project, a research licensee must submit all materials to the reviewer as required under subsection (2)(b) of this section. Incomplete project applications will not be considered.
(c) The reviewer will review the application for a new research project or change to an existing approved research project pursuant to subsection (2)(c) of this section. The reviewer will supply a written evaluation to the WSLCB and the licensee in writing after completing review of the application for a new research project or a change to an existing approved research project. Evaluations will provide the approval recommendation status; determination(s) of the applicable research category or categories; and, as applicable, the reasons for a "Not Approved" recommendation.
(6) Research license renewals.
(a) Research license renewals operate on an annual basis, based on the license issuance date. A licensee must have an ongoing approved research project or an application for a new research project to be eligible for license renewal. The WSLCB will notify the licensee and reviewer ninety days prior to the license renewal date. The licensee must provide a status report to the reviewer or an application for a new research project if the licensee's ongoing approved research project will end within thirty days prior to or after the renewal date. The status report or application must be received by the reviewer within thirty days of the ninety-day renewal notice from the WSLCB or the license will not be renewed.
(b) The reviewer will notify the WSLCB in writing if the licensee meets the requirements for renewal not later than fifteen days prior to the licensee's renewal date.
(c) If the reviewer determines that the research project does not meet requirements for renewal due to lack of an ongoing project or for failure to meet the requirements of RCW 69.50.372 or this section for a proposed new project, the reviewer will recommend the WSLCB not renew the license.
(d) The WSLCB will review the licensee's violation history and criminal background check prior to renewal. If the violation history or criminal records disqualifies the licensee from eligibility for a research license under WAC 314-55-050, the WSLCB will not renew the license.
(7) License revocation.
(a) The WSLCB may revoke an application for the following reasons:
(i) The WSLCB has reason to believe that marijuana is being diverted from the research licensee;
(ii) The research licensee operates outside the scope of the research project(s) approved under the license issued to the licensee;
(iii) The applicant makes a misrepresentation of fact, or fails to disclose a material fact to the WSLCB during the application process or any subsequent investigation after a license has been issued;
(iv) The WSLCB finds that the licensee possesses marijuana plants, marijuana, or marijuana products that are not accounted for in the traceability system;
(v) The research licensee makes changes to their operating plan, entity structure, or location without prior approval from the WSLCB;
(vi) The research licensee fails to maintain security requirements for the licensed research facility; or
(vii) The licensee violates any provision of chapter 69.50 RCW or this chapter.
(b) A licensee may request voluntary cancellation of a license at any time. The licensee must request cancellation of a research license to the WSLCB in writing. The voluntary cancellation of a research license does not result in a hearing right.
(8) Marijuana disposal requirements.
(a) Licensees must dispose of marijuana as provided in WAC 314-55-097.
(b) Licensees must dispose of marijuana if the research license is discontinued for any reason. A licensee may transfer plants to another marijuana research licensee. A licensee may work with the WSLCB to dispose of marijuana or marijuana plants.
(9) An applicant or licensee may request an administrative hearing to contest the withdrawal, denial, nonrenewal, or revocation of a research license pursuant to chapter 34.05 RCW. A request for a hearing must be made in writing and received by the WSLCB no later than twenty days after the date the notification of withdrawal, denial, nonrenewal, or revocation was mailed to the applicant or licensee. Appeal requests submitted in paper form may be delivered to the WSLCB in person during normal business hours at 3000 Pacific Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98501, or mailed to the WSLCB. Mailed appeal requests must be addressed to: WSLCB, ATTN: Adjudicative Proceedings Coordinator, P.O. Box 43076, Olympia, WA 98504-3076 or, for certified mail, WSLCB, ATTN: Adjudicative Proceedings Coordinator, 3000 Pacific Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98501.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342, 69.50.345, and 69.50.372. WSR 17-04-038, § 314-55-073, filed 1/25/17, effective 2/25/17.]



314-55-075
What is a marijuana producer license and what are the requirements and fees related to a marijuana producer license?

(1)(a) A marijuana producer license allows the licensee to produce, harvest, trim, dry, cure, and package marijuana into lots for sale at wholesale to marijuana processor licensees and to other marijuana producer licensees. A marijuana producer can also produce and sell:
(i) Marijuana plants, seed, and plant tissue culture to other marijuana producer licensees; and
(ii) Marijuana plants to members of a registered cooperative under the conditions provided in WAC 314-55-410.
(b) Marijuana production must take place within a fully enclosed secure indoor facility or greenhouse with rigid walls, a roof, and doors. Outdoor production may take place in nonrigid greenhouses, other structures, or an expanse of open or cleared ground fully enclosed by a physical barrier. To obscure public view of the premises, outdoor production must be enclosed by a sight obscure wall or fence at least eight feet high. Outdoor producers must meet security requirements described in WAC 314-55-083. An outdoor grow must be physically separated at least twenty feet from another licensed outdoor grow. Outdoor grows cannot share common walls or fences.
(2) The application fee for a marijuana producer license is two hundred fifty dollars. The applicant is also responsible for paying the fees required by the approved vendor for fingerprint evaluation.
(3) The annual fee for issuance and renewal of a marijuana producer license is one thousand dollars. The WSLCB will conduct random criminal history checks at the time of renewal that will require the licensee to submit fingerprints for evaluation from the approved vendor. The licensee will be responsible for all fees required for the criminal history checks.
(4) The WSLCB will initially limit the opportunity to apply for a marijuana producer license to a thirty-day calendar window beginning with the effective date of this section. In order for a marijuana producer application license to be considered it must be received no later than thirty days after the effective date of the rules adopted by the WSLCB. The WSLCB may reopen the marijuana producer application window after the initial evaluation of the applications received and at subsequent times when the WSLCB deems necessary.
(5) Any entity and/or principals within any entity are limited to no more than three marijuana producer licenses.
(6) The maximum amount of space for marijuana production will be imposed at a later date. Applicants must designate on their operating plan the size category of the production premises and the amount of actual square footage in their premises that will be designated as plant canopy. There are three categories as follows:
(a) Tier 1 – Less than two thousand square feet;
(b) Tier 2 – Two thousand square feet to ten thousand square feet; and
(c) Tier 3 – Ten thousand square feet to thirty thousand square feet.
(7) The WSLCB may reduce a licensee's or applicant's square footage designated to plant canopy for the following reasons:
(a) If the amount of square feet of production of all licensees exceeds the maximum square feet the WSLCB will reduce the allowed square footage by the same percentage.
(b) If fifty percent production space used for plant canopy in the licensee's operating plan is not met by the end of the first year of operation the WSLCB may reduce the tier of licensure.
(8) If the total amount of square feet of marijuana production exceeds the maximum square feet, the WSLCB reserves the right to reduce all licensee's production by the same percentage or reduce licensee production by one or more tiers by the same percentage.
(9) The maximum allowed amount of marijuana on a producer's premises at any time is as follows:
(a) Outdoor or greenhouse grows – One and one-quarter of a year's harvest; or
(b) Indoor grows – Six months of their annual harvest.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342, 69.50.345, 2016 c 170, 2016 c 171, and 2016 c 17. WSR 16-19-102, § 314-55-075, filed 9/21/16, effective 10/22/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-075, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-075, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15; WSR 14-10-044, § 314-55-075, filed 4/30/14, effective 5/31/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-075, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-077
What is a marijuana processor license and what are the requirements and fees related to a marijuana processor license?

(1) A marijuana processor license allows the licensee to process, dry, cure, package, and label usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, and marijuana-infused products for sale at wholesale to marijuana processors and marijuana retailers.
(2) A marijuana processor is allowed to blend tested usable marijuana from multiple lots into a single package for sale to a marijuana retail licensee providing the label requirements for each lot used in the blend are met and the percentage by weight of each lot is also included on the label.
(3) A marijuana processor licensee must obtain label and packaging approval from the WSLCB for all marijuana-infused products meant for ingestion prior to offering these items for sale to a marijuana retailer. The marijuana processor licensee must submit a picture of the product, labeling, and packaging to the WSLCB for approval.
If the WSLCB denies a marijuana-infused product for sale in marijuana retail outlets, the marijuana processor licensee may request an administrative hearing per chapter 34.05 RCW, Administrative Procedure Act.
(4) With the exception of the marijuana, all ingredients used in making marijuana-infused products for oral ingestion must be a commercially manufactured food as defined in WAC 246-215-01115.
(5) Marijuana-infused edible products in solid form must meet the following requirements:
(a) If there is more than one serving in the package, each serving must be packaged individually in childproof packaging (see WAC 314-55-105(7)) and placed in the outer package.
(b) The label must prominently display the number of servings in the package.
(c) Marijuana-infused solid edible products must be homogenized to ensure uniform disbursement of cannabinoids throughout the product.
(d) All marijuana-infused solid edibles must prominently display on the label "This product contains marijuana."
(6) Marijuana-infused edible products in liquid form must meet the following requirements:
(a) If there is more than one serving in the package, a measuring device must be included in the package with the product.
(b) The label must prominently display the number of servings in the package and the amount of product per serving.
(c) Marijuana-infused liquid edibles must be homogenized to ensure uniform disbursement of cannabinoids throughout the product.
(d) All marijuana-infused liquid edibles must prominently display on the label "This product contains marijuana."
(7) A marijuana processor is limited in the types of food or drinks they may infuse with marijuana. Marijuana-infused products that require cooking or baking by the consumer are prohibited. Marijuana-infused products that are especially appealing to children are prohibited. Marijuana-infused edible products such as, but not limited to, gummy candies, lollipops, cotton candy, or brightly colored products, are prohibited.
(a) To reduce the risk to public health, potentially hazardous foods as defined in WAC 246-215-01115 may not be infused with marijuana. Potentially hazardous foods require time-temperature control to keep them safe for human consumption and prevent the growth of pathogenic microorganisms or the production of toxins. Any food that requires refrigeration, freezing, or a hot holding unit to keep it safe for human consumption may not be infused with marijuana.
(b) Other food items that may not be infused with marijuana to be sold in a retail store are:
(i) Any food that has to be acidified to make it shelf stable;
(ii) Food items made shelf stable by canning or retorting;
(iii) Fruit or vegetable juices (this does not include shelf stable concentrates);
(iv) Fruit or vegetable butters;
(v) Pumpkin pies, custard pies, or any pies that contain egg;
(vi) Dairy products of any kind such as butter, cheese, ice cream, or milk; and
(vii) Dried or cured meats.
(c) Vinegars and oils derived from natural sources may be infused with dried marijuana if all plant material is subsequently removed from the final product. Vinegars and oils may not be infused with any other substance, including herbs and garlic.
(d) Marijuana-infused jams and jellies made from scratch must utilize a standardized recipe in accordance with 21 C.F.R. Part 150, revised as of April 1, 2013.
(e) Per WAC 314-55-104, a marijuana processor may infuse dairy butter or fats derived from natural sources and use that extraction to prepare allowable marijuana-infused solid or liquid products meant to be ingested orally, but the dairy butter or fats derived from natural sources may not be sold as stand-alone products.
(f) The WSLCB may designate other food items that may not be infused with marijuana.
(8) The recipe for any marijuana-infused solid or liquid products meant to be ingested orally must be kept on file at the marijuana processor's licensed premises and made available for inspection by the WSLCB or its designee.
(9) The application fee for a marijuana processor license is two hundred fifty dollars. The applicant is also responsible for paying the fees required by the approved vendor for fingerprint evaluation.
(10) The annual fee for issuance and renewal of a marijuana processor license is one thousand dollars. The WSLCB will conduct random criminal history checks at the time of renewal that will require the licensee to submit fingerprints for evaluation from the approved vendor. The licensee will be responsible for all fees required for the criminal history checks.
(11) A marijuana processor producing a marijuana-infused solid or liquid product meant to be ingested orally in a processing facility as required in WAC 314-55-015 (10) and (11) must pass a processing facility inspection. Ongoing annual processing facility compliance inspections may be required. The WSLCB will contract with the department of agriculture to conduct required processing facility inspections. All costs of inspections are borne by the licensee and the hourly rate for inspection is sixty dollars. A licensee must allow the WSLCB or their designee to conduct physical visits and inspect the processing facility, recipes and required records per WAC 314-55-087 during normal business hours or at any time of apparent operation without advance notice. Failure to pay for the processing facility inspection or to follow the processing facility requirements outlined in this section and WAC 314-55-015 will be sufficient grounds for the WSLCB to suspend or revoke a marijuana license.
(12) The WSLCB will initially limit the opportunity to apply for a marijuana processor license to a thirty-day calendar window beginning with the effective date of this section. In order for a marijuana processor application license to be considered it must be received no later than thirty days after the effective date of the rules adopted by the WSLCB. The WSLCB may reopen the marijuana processor application window after the initial evaluation of the applications that are received and processed, and at subsequent times when the WSLCB deems necessary.
(13) A currently licensed marijuana producer may submit an application to add a marijuana processor license at the location of their producer license providing they do not already hold three processor licenses.
(14) Any entity and/or principals within any entity are limited to no more than three marijuana processor licenses.
(15) Marijuana processor licensees are allowed to have a maximum of six months of their average usable marijuana and six months average of their total production on their licensed premises at any time.
(16) A marijuana processor must accept returns of products and sample jars from marijuana retailers for destruction, but is not required to provide refunds to the retailer. It is the responsibility of the retailer to ensure the product or sample jar is returned to the processor.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-077, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-077, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15; WSR 14-10-044, § 314-55-077, filed 4/30/14, effective 5/31/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-077, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-079
What is a marijuana retailer license and what are the requirements and fees related to a marijuana retailer license?

(1) A marijuana retailer license allows the licensee to sell only usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, marijuana-infused products, and marijuana paraphernalia at retail in retail outlets to persons twenty-one years of age and older.
(2) Marijuana-infused products listed in WAC 314-55-077(6) are prohibited for sale by a marijuana retail licensee.
(3) Internet sales and delivery of product to customers is prohibited.
(4) The application fee for a marijuana retailer's license is two hundred fifty dollars. The applicant is also responsible for paying the fees required by the approved vendor for fingerprint evaluation.
(5) The annual fee for issuance and renewal of a marijuana retailer's license is one thousand dollars. The WSLCB will conduct random criminal history checks at the time of renewal that will require the licensee to submit fingerprints for evaluation from the approved vendor. The licensee will be responsible for all fees required for the criminal history checks.
(6) Marijuana retailers may not sell marijuana products below the current acquisition cost.
(7) Marijuana retailer licensees are allowed to have a maximum of four months of their average inventory on their licensed premises at any given time.
(8) A marijuana retailer may transport product to other locations operated by the licensee or to return product to a marijuana processor as outlined in the transportation rules in WAC 314-55-085.
(9) A marijuana retailer may accept returns of open marijuana products. Products must be returned in their original packaging with the lot, batch, or inventory ID number fully legible.
(10) A marijuana retailer may dispose of marijuana products as provided in WAC 314-55-097. Marijuana retailers must give seventy-two hours' notice to WSLCB enforcement prior to disposing of marijuana products.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342, 69.50.345, 2016 c 170, 2016 c 171, and 2016 c 17. WSR 16-19-102, § 314-55-079, filed 9/21/16, effective 10/22/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-079, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-079, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15; WSR 14-10-044, § 314-55-079, filed 4/30/14, effective 5/31/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-079, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-080
Medical marijuana endorsement.

(1) A medical marijuana endorsement added to a marijuana retail license allows the marijuana retail licensee to:
(a) Sell marijuana for medical use to qualifying patients and designated providers; and
(b) Provide marijuana at no charge, at their discretion, to qualifying patients and designated providers.
(2) To maintain a medical marijuana endorsement in good standing, a marijuana retailer must:
(a) Follow all rules adopted by the department of health regarding retail sales of medical marijuana;
(b) Have a consultant on staff in accordance with department of health rules;
(c) Prohibit the medical use of marijuana by anyone at the retail outlet at all times, including medical use by qualifying patients;
(d) Maintain at all times, a representative assortment of marijuana products necessary to meet the needs of qualified patients and designated providers;
(e) Not market marijuana concentrates, usable marijuana, or marijuana-infused products in a way that make them especially attractive to minors;
(f) Demonstrate the ability to enter qualifying patients and designated providers in the medical marijuana authorization database established by the department of health;
(g) Issue recognition cards and agree to enter qualifying patients and designated providers into the database in compliance with the department of health standards;
(h) Keep copies of the qualifying patient's or designated provider's recognition card or equivalent records to document the validity of tax exempt sales for a minimum of three years;
(i) Train employees on the following:
(i) Procedures regarding the recognition of valid authorizations and the use of equipment to enter qualifying patients and designated providers into the medical marijuana authorization database;
(ii) Recognition of valid recognition cards; and
(iii) Recognition of strains, varieties, THC concentration, CBD concentration, and THC to CBD ratios of marijuana concentrates, usable marijuana, and marijuana-infused products available for sale when assisting qualifying patients and designated providers at the retail outlet.
(3) A marijuana retailer holding a medical marijuana endorsement may sell products with a THC concentration of 0.3 percent or less. The licensee may also provide these products at no charge to qualifying patients or designated providers.
(4) Unlicensed practice of medicine. No owner, employee, or volunteer of a retail outlet and holding a medical marijuana endorsement may:
(a) Offer or undertake to diagnose or cure any human or animal disease, ailment, injury, infirmity, deformity, pain, or other condition, physical or mental, real or imaginary, by use of marijuana products or any other means or instrumentality; or
(b) Recommend or suggest modification or elimination of any course of treatment that does not involve the medical use of marijuana products.
(5) Failure to comply with subsections (3) and (4) of this section may result in suspension or revocation of the medical marijuana endorsement.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-080, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16.]



314-55-081
Who can apply for a marijuana retailer license?

(1) The WSLCB may accept applications for marijuana retail licenses at time frames published on its web site at lcb.wa.gov. Using estimated consumption data and population data obtained from the office of financial management (OFM) population data, the WSLCB will determine the maximum number of marijuana retail locations per county.
The number of retail locations will be determined using a method that distributes the number of locations proportionate to the most populous cities within each county and to accommodate the medical needs of qualifying patients and designated providers. Locations not assigned to a specific city will be at large. At large locations can be used for unincorporated areas in the county or in cities within the county that have no retail licenses designated.
(2) The number of retail licenses determined by the board can be found on the WSLCB web site at lcb.wa.gov.
(3) Any entity and/or principals within any entity are limited to no more than three retail marijuana licenses.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-081, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-081, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-082
Insurance requirements.

Marijuana licensees shall provide insurance coverage as set out in this section. The intent of the required insurance is to protect the consumer should there be any claims, suits, actions, costs, damages or expenses arising from any negligent or intentional act or omission of the marijuana licensees. Marijuana licensees shall furnish evidence in the form of a certificate of insurance satisfactory to the WSLCB that insurance, in the following kinds and minimum amounts, has been secured. Failure to provide proof of insurance, as required, may result in license cancellation.
(1) Commercial general liability insurance: The licensee shall at all times carry and maintain commercial general liability insurance and if necessary, commercial umbrella insurance for bodily injury and property damage arising out of licensed activities. This insurance shall cover such claims as may be caused by any act, omission, or negligence of the licensee or its officers, agents, representatives, assigns, or servants. The insurance shall also cover bodily injury, including disease, illness and death, and property damage arising out of the licensee's premises/operations, products, and personal injury. The limits of liability insurance shall not be less than one million dollars.
(2) Insurance carrier rating: The insurance required in subsection (1) of this section shall be issued by an insurance company authorized to do business within the state of Washington. Insurance is to be placed with a carrier that has a rating of A - Class VII or better in the most recently published edition of Best's Reports. If an insurer is not admitted, all insurance policies and procedures for issuing the insurance policies must comply with chapters 48.15 RCW and 284-15 WAC.
(3) Additional insured. The state and its employees, agents, and volunteers shall be named as an additional insured on all general liability, umbrella, and excess insurance policies. All policies shall be primary over any other valid and collectable insurance.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-082, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-082, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-083
What are the security requirements for a marijuana licensee?

The security requirements for a marijuana licensee are as follows:
(1) Display of identification badge. All licensees and employees on the licensed premises shall be required to hold and properly display an identification badge issued by the licensed employer at all times while on the licensed premises and engaged in the transportation of marijuana. The identification badge must list the licensee's trade name and include the person's full and legal name and photograph. All licensees and employees must have their state issued identification available to verify the information on their badge is correct.
(a) All nonemployee visitors to the licensed premises, other than retail store customers, shall be required to hold and properly display an identification badge issued by the licensee at all times while on the licensed premises.
(b) A log must be kept and maintained showing the full name of each visitor entering the licensed premises, badge number issued, the time of arrival, time of departure, and the purpose of the visit.
(c) All log records must be maintained on the licensed premises for a period of three years and are subject to inspection by any WSLCB employee or law enforcement officer, and must be copied and provided to the WSLCB or law enforcement officer upon request.
(d) Employees, visitors, and other persons at a marijuana licensed premises, including persons engaged in the transportation of marijuana, must provide identification to a WSLCB enforcement officer upon request.
(2) Alarm systems. At a minimum, each licensed premises must have a security alarm system on all perimeter entry points and perimeter windows. Motion detectors, pressure switches, duress, panic, and hold-up alarms may also be utilized.
(3) Surveillance system. At a minimum, a licensed premises must have a complete video surveillance system with minimum camera resolution of 640 x 470 pixels or pixel equivalent for analog. The surveillance system storage device and/or the cameras must be internet protocol (IP) compatible. All cameras must be fixed and placement shall allow for the clear and certain identification of any person and activities in controlled areas of the licensed premises. All entrances and exits to an indoor facility shall be recorded from both indoor and outdoor, or ingress and egress vantage points. All cameras must record continuously twenty-four hours per day and at a minimum of ten frames per second. The surveillance system storage device must be secured on the licensed premises in a lockbox, cabinet, closet, or secured in another manner to protect from employee tampering or criminal theft. All surveillance recordings must be kept for a minimum of forty-five days on the licensee's recording device. All videos are subject to inspection by any WSLCB employee or law enforcement officer, and must be copied and provided to the WSLCB or law enforcement officer upon request. All recorded images must clearly and accurately display the time and date. Time is to be measured in accordance with the U.S. National Institute Standards and Technology standards.
(a) Controlled areas include:
(i) Any area within an indoor, greenhouse or outdoor room or area where marijuana is grown, or marijuana or marijuana waste is being moved within, processed, stored, or destroyed. Rooms or areas where marijuana or marijuana waste is never present are not considered control areas and do not require camera coverage.
(ii) All point-of-sale (POS) areas.
(iii) Twenty feet of the exterior of the perimeter of all required fencing and gates enclosing an outdoor grow operation. Any gate or other entry point that is part of the required enclosure for an outdoor growing operation must be lighted in low-light conditions. A motion detection lighting system may be employed to light the gate area in low-light conditions.
(iv) Any room or area storing a surveillance system storage device.
(b) All marijuana, marijuana concentrates, or marijuana-infused products that are intended to be removed or transported between two licensed premises shall be staged in an area known as the "quarantine" location for a minimum of twenty-four hours. Transport manifest with product information and weights must be affixed to the product. At no time during the quarantine period can the product be handled or moved under any circumstances and is subject to auditing by the WSLCB or designees.
(4) Traceability: To prevent diversion and to promote public safety, marijuana licensees must track marijuana from seed to sale. Licensees must provide the required information on a system specified by the WSLCB. All costs related to the reporting requirements are borne by the licensee. Marijuana seedlings, clones, plants, lots of usable marijuana or trim, leaves, and other plant matter, batches of extracts, marijuana-infused products, samples, and marijuana waste must be traceable from production through processing, and finally into the retail environment including being able to identify which lot was used as base material to create each batch of extracts or infused products. The following information is required and must be kept completely up-to-date in a system specified by the WSLCB:
(a) Key notification of "events," such as when a plant enters the system (moved from the seedling or clone area to the vegetation production area at a young age);
(b) When plants are to be partially or fully harvested or destroyed;
(c) When a lot or batch of marijuana, marijuana extract, marijuana concentrates, marijuana-infused product, or marijuana waste is to be destroyed;
(d) When usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, or marijuana-infused products are transported;
(e) Any theft of usable marijuana, marijuana seedlings, clones, plants, trim or other plant material, extract, infused product, seed, plant tissue or other item containing marijuana;
(f) There is a seventy-two hour mandatory waiting period after the notification described in this subsection is given before any plant may be destroyed, a lot or batch of marijuana, marijuana extract, marijuana-infused product, or marijuana waste may be destroyed;
(g) There is a twenty-four hour mandatory waiting period after the notification described in this subsection to allow for inspection before marijuana plants, seeds, plant tissue cultures, or lots of marijuana are transported from a producer to another producer or to a processor;
(h) There is a twenty-four hour mandatory waiting period after the notification described in this subsection to allow for inspection before usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, or marijuana-infused products are transported from a processor to another processor or to a retailer;
(i) All marijuana plants eight or more inches in height or width must be physically tagged and tracked individually;
(j) A complete inventory of all marijuana, seeds, plant tissue, seedlings, clones, all plants, lots of usable marijuana or trim, leaves, and other plant matter, batches of extract, marijuana concentrates, marijuana-infused products, and marijuana waste;
(k) All marijuana, usable marijuana, marijuana-infused products, marijuana concentrates, seeds, plant tissue, clone lots, and marijuana waste must be physically tagged with the sixteen digit identification number generated by the traceability system and tracked;
(l) All point of sale records;
(m) Marijuana excise tax records;
(n) All samples sent to an independent testing lab, any sample of unused portion of a sample returned to a licensee, and the quality assurance test results;
(o) All free samples provided to another licensee for purposes of negotiating a sale;
(p) All samples used for testing for quality by the producer or processor;
(q) Samples containing usable marijuana provided to retailers;
(r) Samples provided to the WSLCB or their designee for quality assurance compliance checks; and
(s) Other information specified by the board.
(5) Start-up inventory for marijuana producers. Within fifteen days of starting production operations a producer must have all nonflowering marijuana plants, clones, seeds, and plant tissue cultures physically on the licensed premises. The producer must, within twenty-four hours, record each marijuana plant that enters the facility in the traceability system during this fifteen day time frame. No flowering marijuana plants may be brought into the facility during this fifteen day time frame. After this fifteen day time frame expires, a producer may only start plants from seed or create clones from a marijuana plant located physically on their licensed premises, or purchase marijuana seeds, clones, or plants from another licensed producer.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-083, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-083, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15; WSR 14-07-116, § 314-55-083, filed 3/19/14, effective 4/19/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-083, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-084
Production of marijuana.

(1) Only the following specified soil amendments, fertilizers, other crop production aids, and pesticides may be used in the production of marijuana:
(a) Pesticides registered by WSDA under chapter 15.58 RCW as allowed for use in the production, processing, and handling of marijuana. Pesticides must be used consistent with the label requirements.
(b) Commercial fertilizers registered by WSDA under chapter 15.54 RCW.
(c) Potting soil, crop production aids, soil amendments, and other growing media available commercially in the state of Washington may be used in marijuana production. Producers growing outdoors are not required to meet land eligibility requirements outlined in 7 C.F.R. Part 205.202.
(2) Examples of prohibited products:
(a) The use of products containing plant growth regulators not allowed for use on food crops including, but not limited to, any of the following ingredients, is prohibited:
• Ancymidol
• Chlormequat chloride
• Clofencet
• Colchicine
• Colloidal silver
• Daminozide
• Dikegulac-sodium
• Flumetralin
• Flurprimidol
• Paclobutrazol
(b) The use of vitamin-hormone products not intended for use on food crops is prohibited.
(c) The use of products containing the insecticide DDVP (Dichlorvos) is prohibited in all areas where marijuana is being grown or processed.
(3) Soil amendments, fertilizers, growing media, other crop production aids, and pesticides that do not conform to subsections (1) and (2) of this section cannot be used, kept, or stored on the licensed premises.
(4) The following marijuana and marijuana products are subject to seizure and destruction:
(a) Marijuana exposed to unauthorized soil amendments or fertilizers; and
(b) Marijuana with detectable levels of unauthorized pesticides or plant growth regulators.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-084, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 14-10-044, § 314-55-084, filed 4/30/14, effective 5/31/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-084, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-085
What are the transportation requirements for a marijuana licensee?

(1) Notification of shipment. Upon transporting any marijuana or marijuana product, a producer, processor, retailer, or certified third-party testing lab shall notify the WSLCB of the type and amount and/or weight of marijuana and/or marijuana products being transported, the name of transporter, information about the transporting vehicle, times of departure and expected delivery. This information must be reported in the traceability system described in WAC 314-55-083(4).
(2) Receipt of shipment. Upon receiving the shipment, the licensee or certified third-party lab receiving the product shall report the amount and/or weight of marijuana and/or marijuana products received in the traceability system.
(3) Transportation manifest. A complete printed transport manifest on a form provided by the WSLCB containing all information required by the WSLCB must be kept with the product at all times.
(4) Records of transportation. Records of all transportation must be kept for a minimum of three years at the licensee's location and are subject to inspection.
(5) Transportation of product. Marijuana or marijuana products that are being transported must meet the following requirements:
(a) Only the marijuana licensee, an employee of the licensee, a transportation licensee, or a certified testing lab may transport product and/or occupy a transporting vehicle;
(b) Drivers and/or occupants of a transporting vehicle must be twenty-one years of age or older;
(c) Marijuana or marijuana products must be in a sealed package or container approved by the WSLCB pursuant to WAC 314-55-105;
(d) Sealed packages or containers cannot be opened during transport;
(e) Marijuana or marijuana products must be in a locked, safe and secure storage compartment that is secured to the inside body/compartment of the vehicle transporting the marijuana or marijuana products;
(f) Any vehicle transporting marijuana or marijuana products must travel directly from the shipping licensee to the receiving licensee and must not make any unnecessary stops in between except to other facilities receiving product;
(g) Live plants may be transported in a fully enclosed, windowless locked trailer, or in a secured area within the inside body/compartment of a van or box truck. A secured area is defined as an area where solid or locking metal petitions, cages, or high strength shatterproof acrylic can be used to create a secure compartment in the fully enclosed van or box truck. The secure compartment in the fully enclosed van or box truck must be free of windows. Live plants may not be transported in the bed of a pickup truck, a sports utility vehicle, or passenger car.
(6) For purposes of this chapter, any vehicle assigned for the purposes of transporting marijuana, usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, or marijuana-infused products shall be considered an extension of the licensed premises. Transport vehicles are subject to inspection by enforcement officers of the WSLCB. Vehicles assigned for transportation may be stopped and inspected by a WSLCB enforcement officer at any licensed location, or while en route during transportation.
(7) All marijuana plants, clones, seeds, lots, batches, intermediate products, end products, vendor samples, and sample jars must remain physically tagged during transport.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-085, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-085, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15; WSR 14-10-044, § 314-55-085, filed 4/30/14, effective 5/31/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-085, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-086
What are the mandatory signs a marijuana licensee must post on a licensed premises?

(1) Notices regarding persons under twenty-one years of age must be conspicuously posted on the premises as follows:
Type of licensee
Sign must contain the following language:
Required location of sign
Medical marijuana retailer
"Persons under twenty-one years of age not permitted on these premises without a valid qualifying patient card. Juvenile qualifying patients must be accompanied by their designated provider at all times."
Conspicuous location at each entry to premises.
Marijuana retailer
"Warning: This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Smoking is hazardous to your health."
"There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product."
"Should not be used by women that are pregnant or breast feeding."
"Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug."
At each point of sale.
Marijuana producer, marijuana processor, and marijuana retailer
"Persons under twenty-one years of age not permitted on these premises."
Conspicuous location at each entry to premises.
The WSLCB will provide the required notices, or licensees may design their own notices as long as they are legible and contain the required language.
(2) Signs provided by the WSLCB prohibiting opening a package of marijuana or marijuana-infused product in public or consumption of marijuana or marijuana-infused products in public, must be posted as follows:
Type of premises
Required location of sign
Marijuana retail
Posted in plain view at the main entrance to the establishment.
(3) The premises' current and valid master license with appropriate endorsements must be conspicuously posted on the premises and available for inspection by WSLCB enforcement officers.
(4) Firearms prohibited signs provided by the WSLCB must be posted at the entrance of each producer, processor, and retailer licensed location.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-086, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-086, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-086, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-087
What are the recordkeeping requirements for marijuana licensees?

(1) Marijuana licensees are responsible to keep records that clearly reflect all financial transactions and the financial condition of the business. The following records must be kept and maintained on the licensed premises for a three-year period and must be made available for inspection if requested by an employee of the WSLCB:
(a) Purchase invoices and supporting documents, to include the items and/or services purchased, from whom the items were purchased, and the date of purchase;
(b) Bank statements and canceled checks for any accounts relating to the licensed business;
(c) Accounting and tax records related to the licensed business and each true party of interest;
(d) Records of all financial transactions related to the licensed business, including contracts and/or agreements for services performed or received that relate to the licensed business;
(e) All employee records to include, but not limited to, training, payroll, and date of hire;
(f) Records of each daily application of pesticides applied to the marijuana plants or growing medium. For each application, the producer shall record the following information on the same day the application is made:
(i) Full name of each employee who applied the pesticide;
(ii) The date the pesticide was applied;
(iii) The name of the pesticide or product name listed on the registration label which was applied;
(iv) The concentration and total amount of pesticide per plant; and
(v) For outdoor production, the concentration of pesticide that was applied to the field. Liquid applications may be recorded as, but are not limited to, amount of product per one hundred gallons of liquid spray, gallons per acre of output volume, ppm, percent product in tank mix (e.g., one percent). For chemigation applications, record "inches of water applied" or other appropriate measure.
(g) Soil amendment, fertilizers, or other crop production aids applied to the growing medium or used in the process of growing marijuana;
(h) Production and processing records, including harvest and curing, weighing, destruction of marijuana, creating batches of marijuana-infused products and packaging into lots and units;
(i) Records of each batch of extracts or infused marijuana products made, including at a minimum, the lots of usable marijuana or trim, leaves, and other plant matter used (including the total weight of the base product used), any solvents or other compounds utilized, and the product type and the total weight of the end product produced, such as hash oil, shatter, tincture, infused dairy butter, etc.;
(j) Transportation records as described in WAC 314-55-085;
(k) Inventory records;
(l) All samples sent to an independent testing lab and the quality assurance test results;
(m) All free samples provided to another licensee for purposes of negotiating a sale;
(n) All samples used for testing for quality by the producer or processor;
(o) Sample jars containing usable marijuana provided to retailers; and
(p) Records of any theft of marijuana seedlings, clones, plants, trim or other plant material, extract, marijuana-infused product, or other item containing marijuana.
(q) Records of any marijuana product provided free of charge to qualifying patients or designated providers.
(2) If the marijuana licensee keeps records within an automated data processing (ADP) and/or point-of-sale (POS) system, the system must include a method for producing legible records that will provide the same information required of that type of record within this section. The ADP and/or POS system is acceptable if it complies with the following guidelines:
(a) Provides an audit trail so that details (invoices and vouchers) underlying the summary accounting data may be identified and made available upon request.
(b) Provides the opportunity to trace any transaction back to the original source or forward to a final total. If printouts of transactions are not made when they are processed, the system must have the ability to reconstruct these transactions.
(c) Has available a full description of the ADP and/or POS portion of the accounting system. This should show the applications being performed, the procedures employed in each application, and the controls used to ensure accurate and reliable processing.
(3) The provisions contained in subsections (1) and (2) of this section do not eliminate the requirement to maintain source documents, but they do allow the source documents to be maintained in some other location.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-087, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-087, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-089
What are the tax and reporting requirements for marijuana licensees?

(1) Marijuana producer and marijuana processor licensees must submit monthly report(s) to the WSLCB. Marijuana retailer licensees must submit monthly report(s) and payments to the WSLCB. The required monthly reports must be:
(a) On a form or electronic system designated by the WSLCB;
(b) Filed every month, including months with no activity or payment due;
(c) Submitted, with payment due, to the WSLCB on or before the twentieth day of each month, for the previous month. (For example, a report listing transactions for the month of January is due by February 20th.) When the twentieth day of the month falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a legal holiday, the filing must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than the next postal business day;
(d) Filed separately for each marijuana license held; and
(e) All records must be maintained and available for review for a three-year period on licensed premises (see WAC 314-55-087).
(2) Marijuana producer licensees: On a monthly basis, marijuana producers must maintain records and report purchases from other licensed marijuana producers, current production and inventory on hand, sales by product type, and lost and destroyed product in a manner prescribed by the WSLCB.
(3) Marijuana processor licensees: On a monthly basis, marijuana processors must maintain records and report purchases from licensed marijuana producers, other marijuana processors, production of marijuana-infused products, sales by product type to marijuana retailers, and lost and/or destroyed product in a manner prescribed by the WSLCB.
(4) Marijuana retailer's licensees:
(a) On a monthly basis, marijuana retailers must maintain records and report purchases from licensed marijuana processors, sales by product type to consumers, and lost and/or destroyed product in a manner prescribed by the WSLCB.
(b) A marijuana retailer licensee must collect from the buyer and remit to the WSLCB a marijuana excise tax of thirty-seven percent of the selling price on each retail sale of usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, and marijuana-infused products.
(5) Payment methods: Marijuana excise tax payments are payable only by check, cashier's check, money order, or electronic payment or electronic funds transfer. Licensees must submit marijuana excise tax payments to the board by one of the following means:
(a) By mail to WSLCB, Attention: Accounts Receivable, P.O. Box 43085, Olympia, WA 98504;
(b) By paying through online access through the WSLCB traceability system; or
(c) By paying using a money transmitter licensed pursuant to chapter 19.230 RCW.
(6) Payments transmitted to the board electronically under this section will be deemed received when received by the WSLCB's receiving account. All other payments transmitted to the WSLCB under this section by United States mail will be deemed received on the date shown by the post office cancellation mark stamped on the envelope containing the payment.
(7) The WSLCB may waive the means of payment requirements as provided in subsection (5) of this section for any licensee for good cause shown. For the purposes of this section, "good cause" means the inability of a licensee to comply with the payment requirements of this section because:
(a) The licensee demonstrates it does not have and cannot obtain a bank or credit union account or another means by which to comply with the requirements of subsection (5) of this section and cannot obtain a cashier's check or money order; or
(b) Some other circumstance or condition exists that, in the WSLCB's judgment, prevents the licensee from complying with the requirements of subsection (5) of this section.
(8) If a licensee tenders payment of the marijuana excise tax in cash without applying for and receiving a waiver or after denial of a waiver, the licensee may be assessed a ten percent penalty.
(9) If a licensee is denied a waiver and requests an adjudicative proceeding to contest the denial, a brief adjudicative proceeding will be conducted as provided under RCW 34.05.482 through 34.05.494.
(10) For the purposes of this section, "electronic payment" or "electronic funds transfer" means any transfer of funds, other than a transaction originated or accomplished by conventional check, drafts, or similar paper instrument, which is initiated through an electronic terminal, telephonic instrument, or computer or magnetic tape so as to order, instruct, or authorize a financial institution to debit or credit a checking or other deposit account. "Electronic funds transfer" includes payments made by electronic check (e-check).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342, 69.50.345, 69.50.535, and 2016 1st sp.s. c 36. WSR 16-19-002, § 314-55-089, filed 9/7/16, effective 10/8/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-089, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-089, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15; WSR 14-10-044, § 314-55-089, filed 4/30/14, effective 5/31/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-089, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-092
What if a marijuana licensee fails to report or pay, or reports or pays late?

(1) If a marijuana licensee does not submit its monthly reports and/or payment(s) to the WSLCB as required in WAC 314-55-089: The licensee is subject to penalties.
Penalties: A penalty of two percent per month will be assessed on any payments postmarked after the twentieth day of the month following the month of sale. When the twentieth day of the month falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a legal holiday, the filing must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than the next postal business day. Absent a postmark, the date received at the WSLCB or authorized designee, will be used to assess the penalty of two percent per month on payments received after the twentieth day of the month following the month of sale.
(2) Failure to make a report and/or pay the license taxes and/or penalties in the manner and dates outlined in WAC 314-55-089 will be sufficient grounds for the WSLCB to suspend or revoke a marijuana license.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-092, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 14-10-044, § 314-55-092, filed 4/30/14, effective 5/31/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-092, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-095
Marijuana servings and transaction limitations.

(1) For persons age twenty-one and older and qualifying patients or designated providers who are not entered into the medical marijuana authorization database, marijuana serving and transaction limitations are as follows:
(a) Single serving. A single serving of a marijuana-infused product must not exceed ten milligrams active tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), or Delta 9.
(b) Maximum number of servings. The maximum number of servings in any one single unit of marijuana-infused product meant to be eaten or swallowed is ten servings or one hundred milligrams of active THC, or Delta 9. A single unit of marijuana concentrate cannot exceed one gram.
(c) Transaction limitation. A single transaction is limited to one ounce of usable marijuana, sixteen ounces of marijuana-infused product meant to be eaten or swallowed in solid form, seven grams of marijuana-infused extract or marijuana concentrate for inhalation, and seventy-two ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form meant to be eaten or swallowed.
(2) For qualifying patients and designated providers who are entered into the medical marijuana authorization database, serving and transaction limits are as follows:
(a) Single serving. Except as provided in chapter 246-70 WAC, a single serving of a marijuana-infused product must not exceed ten milligrams active tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), or Delta 9.
(b) Maximum number of servings. Except as provided in chapter 246-70 WAC, the maximum number of servings in any one single unit of marijuana-infused product meant to be eaten, swallowed or applied is ten servings or one hundred milligrams of active THC, or Delta 9. A single unit of marijuana concentrate cannot exceed one gram.
(c) Transaction limitation. A single transaction by a retail store with a medical marijuana endorsement to a qualifying patient or designated provider who is entered into the medical marijuana database is limited to three ounces of usable marijuana, forty-eight ounces of marijuana-infused product meant to be eaten or swallowed in solid form, twenty-one grams of marijuana-infused extract or marijuana concentrate for inhalation, and two hundred sixteen ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form meant to be eaten or swallowed.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-095, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-095, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-095, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-096
Samples.

(1) Vendor samples: Producers or processors may provide free samples of usable marijuana, marijuana-infused products, and marijuana concentrates in order to negotiate a sale. All sample limits are based on calendar months. The producer or processor must record the amount of each sample and the processor or retailer receiving the sample in the traceability system. The outgoing sample must be clearly labeled as a sample to negotiate a sale and recorded on a transport manifest. The receiving licensee must receive the sample in the traceability system prior to sampling.
(a) Producers may not provide any one licensed processor more than eight grams of marijuana flower per month free of charge for the purpose of negotiating a sale.
(b) Processors may not provide any one licensed retailer more than eight grams of usable marijuana per month free of charge for the purpose of negotiating a sale.
(c) Processors may not provide any one licensed retailer more than eight units of marijuana-infused products in solid form per month free of charge for the purpose of negotiating a sale. No single sample may exceed 10 mg of THC.
(d) Processors may not provide any one licensed retailer more than eight units of marijuana-infused product in liquid form per month free of charge for the purpose of negotiating a sale. No single sample may exceed 10 mg of THC.
(e) Processors may not provide any one licensed retailer more than two units of marijuana-infused extract meant for inhalation or infused marijuana mix per month free of charge for the purpose of negotiating a sale. No single sample may exceed 0.5 g.
(f) A marijuana producer must make quality assurance test results available to any processor receiving samples to negotiate a sale. The producer must also provide a statement that discloses all pesticides applied to the marijuana plants and growing medium during production.
(g) A marijuana processor must make quality assurance test results available to any retailer receiving samples to negotiate a sale. If a marijuana extract was added to the product, the processors must disclose the type of extraction process and any solvent, gas, or other chemical used in the extraction process, or any other compound added to the extract.
(2) Vendor sample labeling: All vendor samples must be clearly labeled as a vendor sample and meet all labeling requirements of the product to be sampled.
(a) Sixteen digit identification number generated by the traceability system;
(b) The UBI number of the licensed entity providing the sample; and
(c) Weight of the product.
(3) Education sampling. Processors may provide free samples of usable marijuana, marijuana-infused products, and marijuana concentrates to retail licensees to give to their budtender employees for educational purposes. The processor must record the amount of each sample and the retailer receiving the sample in the traceability system. The outgoing sample must be clearly labeled as "budtender sample" and recorded on a transport manifest. All budtender employees at a licensed retail location must be entered into the traceability system for the purpose of distributing education samples. Prior to sampling the receiving retailer must accept the sample in the traceability system, and distribute the education sample to the retail employee.
(a) All education samples are limited to a total of ten units per budtender employee per month, with a maximum of one hundred units per retail location per calendar month.
(b) The maximum size of samples for education are:
(i) Usable marijuana, marijuana mix, and infused marijuana mix – One unit not to exceed .5 g
(ii) Marijuana infused solid or liquid product meant to be eaten or swallowed – One unit not to exceed 10 mg THC
(iii) Marijuana-infused extract for inhalation – One unit not to exceed .25 g
(c) Products being sampled must be carried by the licensed retail premises.
(d) Distribution and consumption of all educational samples is limited to retail employees who directly sell product to retail customers. Retail employees who are not involved in direct sales to customers are not eligible for education samples.
(e) A marijuana processor must make quality assurance test results available to any retailer receiving education samples. If a marijuana extract was added to the product, the processors must disclose the type of extraction process and any solvent, gas, or other chemical used in the extraction process, or any other compound added to the extract.
(f) Education sample labeling: All education samples must be clearly labeled as "budtender" samples and include the following information on the label:
(i) Sixteen digit identification number generated by the traceability system;
(ii) The UBI number and trade name of the licensed entity providing the sample;
(iii) Product name or strain name for usable marijuana;
(iv) Weight of the product; and
(v) Potency.
(4) A marijuana processor is not required to provide free samples to negotiate a sale or educational samples to a marijuana retail licensee, and a marijuana retail licensee may not require a marijuana processor to provide free sample to negotiate a sale or educational samples as a condition for purchasing the marijuana processor's products.
(5) Marijuana retail licensees may not provide educational samples to their budtender employees as a form of compensation.
(6) Internal quality control sampling: Producers and processors may conduct limited self-sampling for quality control. All sample limits are based on calendar months. Sampling for quality control may not take place at a licensed premises. Only the producer, processor, or employees of the licensee may sample the marijuana flower, usable marijuana, marijuana-infused products, marijuana concentrates, and edible marijuana-infused product. The producer or processor must record the amount of each sample and the employee(s) conducting the sampling in the traceability system.
(a) Producers may sample two grams of marijuana flower per strain, per month for quality sampling.
(b) Processors may sample one unit per batch of a new edible marijuana-infused product meant to be eaten or swallowed to be offered for sale on the market.
(c) Processors may sample up to one unit per batch of a new marijuana-infused extract for inhalation to be offered for sale on the market. No single sample may exceed 0.5 g.
(d) Processors may sample one unit per batch of a new marijuana mix packaged to be offered for sale on the market. No single sample may exceed 1 g.
(e) Processors may sample one unit per batch of a new infused marijuana mix to be offered for sale on the market. No sample may exceed 0.5 g.
(7) Retailers may not provide free samples to customers.
(8) Sample jars: A processor may provide a retailer free samples of usable marijuana packaged in a sample jar protected by a plastic or metal mesh screen to allow customers to smell the product before purchase. The sample jar may not contain more than three and one-half grams of usable marijuana. The plastic or metal mesh screen must be sealed onto the container, and must be free of rips, tears, or holes greater than 2 mm in diameter. The sample jar and the usable marijuana within may not be sold to a customer and must be returned to the licensed processor who provided the usable marijuana and sample jar.
(9) Sample labeling: All vendor samples and sample jars must be labeled with the following:
(a) Sixteen digit identification number given by the traceability system;
(b) Information identifying whether it is a vendor sample or sample jar;
(c) The UBI number of the licensed entity providing the sample; and
(d) Weight of the product.
(10) A marijuana processor must make quality assurance test results available to any retailer receiving sample jars. The processor must also provide a statement that discloses all pesticides applied to the marijuana plants and growing medium during production.
If a marijuana extract was added to the product, the processor must disclose to the retailer the type of extraction process and any solvent, gas, or other chemical used in the extraction process, or any other compound added to the extract.
(11) Transportation. Outgoing and return vendor samples and sample jars must adhere to the transportation requirements in WAC 314-55-085.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-096, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16.]



314-55-097
Marijuana waste disposalLiquids and solids.

(1) Solid and liquid wastes generated during marijuana production and processing must be stored, managed, and disposed of in accordance with applicable state and local laws and regulations.
(2) Wastewater generated during marijuana production and processing must be disposed of in compliance with applicable state and local laws and regulations.
(3) Wastes from the production and processing of marijuana plants must be evaluated against the state's dangerous waste regulations (chapter 173-303 WAC) to determine if those wastes designate as dangerous waste. It is the responsibility of each waste generator to properly evaluate their waste to determine if it is designated as a dangerous waste. If a generator's waste does designate as a dangerous waste, then that waste(s) is subject to the applicable management standards found in chapter 173-303 WAC.
(a) Wastes that must be evaluated against the dangerous waste regulations include, but are not limited to, the following:
(i) Waste from marijuana flowers, trim and solid plant material used to create an extract (per WAC 314-55-104).
(ii) Waste solvents used in the marijuana process (per WAC 314-55-104).
(iii) Discarded plant waste, spent solvents and laboratory wastes from any marijuana processing or quality assurance testing.
(iv) Marijuana extract that fails to meet quality testing.
(b) Marijuana wastes that do not designate as dangerous shall be managed in accordance with subsection (4) of this section.
(c) A marijuana plant, usable marijuana, trim and other plant material in itself is not considered dangerous waste as defined under chapter 173-303 WAC unless it has been treated or contaminated with a solvent.
(4) Marijuana waste that does not designate as dangerous waste (per subsection (3) of this section) must be rendered unusable following the methods in subsection (5) of this section prior to leaving a licensed producer, processor, or laboratory. Disposal of the marijuana waste rendered unusable must follow the methods under subsection (6) of this section.
(a) Wastes that must be rendered unusable prior to disposal include, but are not limited to, the following:
(i) Waste evaluated per subsection (3) of this section and determined to not designate as "Dangerous Waste."
(ii) Marijuana plant waste, including roots, stalks, leaves, and stems that have not been processed with solvent.
(iii) Solid marijuana sample plant waste possessed by third-party laboratories accredited by the WSLCB to test for quality assurance that must be disposed of.
(iv) Other wastes as determined by the WSLCB.
(b) A producer or processor must provide the WSLCB a minimum of seventy-two hours notice in the traceability system described in WAC 314-55-083(4) prior to rendering the product unusable and disposing of it.
(5) The allowable method to render marijuana plant waste unusable is by grinding and incorporating the marijuana plant waste with other ground materials so the resulting mixture is at least fifty percent nonmarijuana waste by volume. Other methods to render marijuana waste unusable must be approved by the WSLCB before implementation.
Material used to grind with the marijuana falls into two categories: Compostable waste and noncompostable waste.
(a) Compostable mixed waste: Marijuana waste to be disposed as compost feedstock or in another organic waste method (for example, anaerobic digester) may be mixed with the following types of waste materials:
(i) Food waste;
(ii) Yard waste;
(iii) Vegetable based grease or oils; or
(iv) Other wastes as approved by the WSLCB.
(b) Noncompostable mixed waste: Marijuana waste to be disposed in a landfill or another disposal method (for example, incinerator) may be mixed with the following types of waste materials:
(i) Paper waste;
(ii) Cardboard waste;
(iii) Plastic waste;
(iv) Soil; or
(v) Other wastes as approved by the WSLCB.
(6) Marijuana wastes rendered unusable following the method described in subsection (4) of this section can be disposed.
(a) Disposal of the marijuana waste rendered unusable may be delivered to a permitted solid waste facility for final disposition. Examples of acceptable permitted solid waste facilities include:
(i) Compostable mixed waste: Compost, anaerobic digester, or other facility with approval of the jurisdictional health department.
(ii) Noncompostable mixed waste: Landfill, incinerator, or other facility with approval of the jurisdictional health department.
(b) Disposal of the marijuana waste rendered unusable may be managed on-site by the generator in accordance with the standards of chapter 173-350 WAC.
(c) A record of the final destination of marijuana waste rendered unusable.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-097, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-097, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-097, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-099
Standardized scales.

(1) Marijuana producer and processor licensees must have at least one scale on the licensed premises for the traceability and inventory of products.
(2) The scales and other measuring devices are subject to chapter 19.94 RCW, and must meet the requirements of the most current version of chapter 16-662 WAC.
(3) Licensees must register scales on a business license application with business license services through the department of revenue as required under chapter 19.94 RCW.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-099, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-099, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-0995
Laboratory certification and accreditation requirements.

The following requirements apply to third-party labs seeking certification by the WSLCB or its designee to do quality assurance testing on marijuana and marijuana products in Washington state, and for certified third-party laboratories (certified labs) to remain certified by the WSLCB. The requirements provided in this section are continuing requirements, and must be adhered to and maintained for a third-party lab to remain certified. The WSLCB may summarily suspend a lab's certification if a certified lab is found out of compliance with the requirements of this chapter.
(1) A third-party laboratory must be certified by the WSLCB or their vendor as meeting the WSLCB's accreditation and other requirements prior to conducting quality assurance tests required under this chapter. Certified labs must conspicuously display the certification letter received by the WSLCB upon certification at the lab's premises in a conspicuous location where a customer may observe it unobstructed in plain sight.
(2) A person with financial interest in a certified lab may not have direct or indirect financial interest in a licensed marijuana producer or processor for whom they are conducting required quality assurance tests. A person with direct or indirect financial interest in a certified lab must disclose to the WSLCB by affidavit any direct or indirect financial interest in a licensed marijuana producer or processor.
(3) The following provisions are conditions of certification for third-party testing labs. Failure to adhere to the below requirements may result in the suspension or revocation of certification.
(a) Each lab must employ a scientific director responsible to ensure the achievement and maintenance of quality standards of practice. The scientific director must possess the following minimum qualifications:
(i) A doctorate in the chemical or microbiological sciences from a college or university accredited by a national or regional certifying authority with a minimum of two years' post-degree laboratory experience;
(ii) A master's degree in the chemical or microbiological sciences from a college or university accredited by a national or regional certifying authority with a minimum of four years' of post-degree laboratory experience; or
(iii) A bachelor's degree in the chemical or microbiological sciences from a college or university accredited by a national or regional certifying authority with a minimum of six years of post-education laboratory experience.
(b) Certified labs must follow the analytical requirements most current version of the Cannabis Inflorescence and Leaf Monograph published by the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia or notify the WSLCB or its designee what alternative scientifically valid testing methodology the lab is following for each quality assurance test. Third-party validation by the WSLCB or its designee is required for any monograph or analytical method followed by a certified lab to ensure the methodology produces scientifically accurate results prior to use of alternative testing methods to conduct required quality assurance tests.
(c) The WSLCB may require third-party validation and ongoing monitoring of a certified lab's basic proficiency to correctly execute the analytical methodologies employed by the certified lab. The WSLCB may contract with a vendor to conduct the validation and ongoing monitoring described in this subsection. The certified lab must pay all vendor fees for validation and ongoing monitoring directly to the WSLCB's vendor.
(4) Certified labs must allow the WSLCB or the WSLCB's vendor to conduct physical visits and inspect related laboratory equipment, testing and other related records during normal business hours without advance notice.
(5) As a condition of certification, labs must adopt and follow minimum good lab practices (GLPs) as provided in WAC 314-55-103, and maintain internal standard operating procedures (SOPs), and a quality control/quality assurance (QC/QA) program as specified by the WSLCB. The WSLCB or authorized third-party organization (WSLCB's designee) may conduct audits of a lab's GLPs, SOPs, QC/QA, and inspect all other related records.
(6) The WSLCB or its designee will take immediate disciplinary action against any certified lab that fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter or falsifies records related to this section including, without limitation, revoking the certification of the certified lab.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 17-12-032, § 314-55-0995, filed 5/31/17, effective 8/31/17.]



314-55-101
Quality assurance sampling protocols.

(1) To ensure quality assurance samples submitted to certified third-party laboratories (certified labs) are representative from the lot or batch from which they were sampled as required in RCW 69.50.348, licensed producers, licensed processors, certified labs, and their employees must adhere to the minimum sampling protocols as provided in this section.
(2) Sampling protocols for all marijuana product lots and batches:
(a) Samples must be deducted in a way that is most representative of the lot or batch and maintains the structure of the marijuana sample. Licensees, certified labs, and their employees may not adulterate or change in any way the representative sample from a lot or batch before submitting the sample to certified labs. This includes adulterating or changing the sample in any way as to inflate the level of potency, or to hide any microbiological contaminants from the required microbiological screening such as, but not limited to:
(i) Adulterating the sample with kief, concentrates, or other extracts;
(ii) Treating a sample with solvents to hide the microbial count of the lot or batch from which it was deducted. This subsection does not prohibit the treatment of failed lots or batches with methods approved by the WSLCB; or
(iii) Pregrinding a flower lot sample.
(b) All samples must be taken in a sanitary environment using sanitary practices and ensure facilities are constructed, kept, and maintained in a clean and sanitary condition in accordance with rules and as prescribed by the Washington state department of agriculture under chapters 16-165 and 16-167 WAC.
(c) Persons collecting samples must wash their hands prior to collecting a sample from a lot or batch, wear appropriate gloves while preparing or deducting the lot or batch for sample collection, and must use sanitary utensils and storage devices when collecting samples.
(d) Samples must be placed in a sanitary plastic or glass container, and stored in a location that prevents the propagation of pathogens and other contaminants, such as a secure, low-light, cool and dry location.
(e) The licensee must maintain the lot or batch from which the sample was deducted in a secure, low-light, cool, and dry location to prevent the marijuana from becoming contaminated or losing its efficacy.
(f) Each quality assurance sample must be clearly marked "quality assurance sample" and be labeled with the following information:
(i) The sixteen digit identification number generated by the traceability system;
(ii) The license number and name of the certified lab receiving the sample;
(iii) The license number and trade name of the licensee sending the sample;
(iv) The date the sample was collected; and
(v) The weight of the sample.
(3) Additional sampling protocols for flower lots:
(a) Licensees or certified labs must collect a minimum of four separate samples from each marijuana flower lot up to five pounds. Licensees or certified labs may collect more samples than this minimum, but must not collect less. The samples must be of roughly equal weight not less than one gram each.
(b) The four separate samples must be taken from different quadrants of the flower lot. A quadrant is the division of a lot into four equal parts. Dividing a lot into quadrants prior to collecting samples must be done in a manner that ensures the samples are collected from four evenly distributed areas of the flower lot and may be done visually or physically.
(c) The four samples may be placed together in one container conforming to the packaging and labeling requirements in subsection (2) of this section for storage and transfer to a certified lab.
(4) Certified labs may retrieve samples from a marijuana licensee's licensed premises and transport the samples directly to the lab. Certified labs may also return any unused portion of the samples.
(5) Certified labs may reject or fail a sample if the lab has reason to believe the sample was not collected in the manner required by this section, adulterated in any way, contaminated with known or unknown solvents, or manipulated in a manner that violates the sampling protocols, limit tests, or action levels.
(6) The WSLCB or its designee will take immediate disciplinary action against any licensee or certified lab that fails to comply with the provisions of this section or falsifies records related to this section including, without limitation, revoking the license the licensed producer or processor, or certification of the certified lab.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 17-12-032, § 314-55-101, filed 5/31/17, effective 8/31/17; WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-101, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16.]



314-55-102
Quality assurance testing.

A third-party testing lab must be certified by the WSLCB or the WSLCB's vendor as meeting the WSLCB's accreditation and other requirements prior to conducting quality assurance tests required under this section.
(1) Quality assurance fields of testing. Certified labs must be certified to the following fields of testing by the WSLCB or its designee and must adhere to the guidelines for each quality assurance field of testing listed below, with the exception of mycotoxin, heavy metal, or pesticide residue screening. Certification to perform mycotoxin, heavy metals and pesticides may be obtained but is not required to obtain certification as a testing lab. A lab must become certified in all fields of testing prior to conducting any testing or screening in that field of testing, regardless of whether the test is required under this section.
(a) Potency analysis.
(i) Certified labs must test and report the following cannabinoids to the WSLCB when testing for potency:
(A) THCA;
(B) THC;
(C) Total THC;
(D) CBDA;
(E) CBD; and
(F) Total CBD.
(ii) Calculating total THC and total CBD.
(A) Total THC must be calculated as follows, where M is the mass or mass fraction of delta-9 THC or delta-9 THCA: M total delta-9 THC = M delta-9 THC + (0.877 x M delta-9 THCA).
(B) Total CBD must be calculated as follows, where M is the mass or mass fraction of CBD and CBDA: M total CBD = M CBD + (0.877 x M CBDA).
(iii) Regardless of analytical equipment or methodology, certified labs must accurately measure and report the acidic (THCA and CBDA) and neutral (THC and CBD) forms of the cannabinoids.
(b) Potency analysis for flower lots.
(i) Certified labs must test and report the results for the required flower lot samples as described in WAC 314-55-101(3) for the following required cannabinoids:
(A) THCA;
(B) THC;
(C) Total THC;
(D) CBDA;
(E) CBD; and
(F) Total CBD.
(ii) Calculating total THC and total CBD.
(A) Total THC must be calculated as follows, where M is the mass or mass fraction of delta-9 THC or delta-9 THCA: M total delta-9 THC = M delta-9 THC + (0.877 x M delta-9 THCA).
(B) Total CBD must be calculated as follows, where M is the mass or mass fraction of CBD and CBDA: M total CBD = M CBD + (0.877 x M CBDA).
(c) Certified labs may combine in equal parts multiple samples from the same flower lot for the purposes of the following tests after the individual samples described in WAC 314-55-101(3) have been tested for potency analysis.
(i) Moisture analysis. The sample and related lot or batch fails quality assurance testing for moisture analysis if the results exceed the following limits:
(A) Water activity rate of more than 0.65 aw; and
(B) Moisture content more than fifteen percent.
(ii) Foreign matter screening. The sample and related lot or batch fail quality assurance testing for foreign matter screening if the results exceed the following limits:
(A) Five percent of stems 3mm or more in diameter; and
(B) Two percent of seeds or other foreign matter.
(iii) Microbiological screening. The sample and related lot or batch fail quality assurance testing for microbiological screening if the results exceed the following limits:
 
Enterobacteria (bile-tolerant gram-negative bacteria)
E. coli (pathogenic strains) and Salmonella spp.
Unprocessed Plant Material
104
Not detected in 1g
Extracted or processed Botanical Product
103
Not detected in 1g
(iv) Mycotoxin screening. The sample and related lot or batch fail quality assurance testing for mycotoxin screening if the results exceed the following limits:
(A) Total of Aflatoxin B1, B2, G1, G2: 20 μg/kg of substance; and
(B) Ochratoxin A: 20 μg/kg of substance.
(d) Residual solvent screening. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a sample and related lot or batch fail quality assurance testing for residual solvents if the results exceed the limits provided in the table below. Residual solvent results of more than 5,000 ppm for class three solvents, 50 ppm for class two solvents, and 2 ppm for class one solvents as defined in United States Pharmacopoeia, USP 30 Chemical Tests / <467> - Residual Solvents (USP <467>) not listed in the table below fail quality assurance testing. When residual solvent screening is required, certified labs must test for the solvents listed in the table below at a minimum.
Solvent*
ppm
Acetone
5,000
Benzene
2
Butanes
5,000
Cyclohexane
3,880
Chloroform
2
Dichloromethane
600
Ethyl acetate
5,000
Heptanes
5,000
Hexanes
290
Isopropanol
(2-propanol)
5,000
Methanol
3,000
Pentanes
5,000
Propane
5,000
Toluene
890
Xylene**
2,170
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And isomers thereof.
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Usually 60% m-xylene, 14% p-xylene, 9% o-xylene with 17% ethyl benzene.
(e) Heavy metal screening. A sample and related lot or batch fail quality assurance testing for heavy metals if the results exceed the limits provided in the table below.
Metal
 
μ/daily dose (5 grams)
Inorganic arsenic
 
10.0
 
Cadmium
 
4.1
 
Lead
 
6.0
 
Mercury
 
2.0
 
(2) Quality assurance testing required. The following quality assurance tests are the minimum required tests for each of the following marijuana products, respectively. Licensees and certified labs may elect to do multiple quality assurance tests on the same lot or testing for mycotoxin, pesticides, or heavy metals pursuant to chapter 246-70 WAC.
(a) General quality assurance testing requirements for certified labs.
(i) Certified labs must record an acknowledgment of the receipt of samples from producers or processors in the WSLCB seed to sale traceability system. Certified labs must also verify if any unused portion of the sample was destroyed or returned to the licensee after the completion of required testing.
(ii) Certified labs must report quality assurance test results directly to the WSLCB traceability system when quality assurance tests for the field of testing are required within twenty-four hours of completion of the test(s).
(iii) Certified labs must fail a sample if the results for any limit test are above allowable levels regardless of whether the limit test is required in the testing tables in this section.
(b) Marijuana flower lots and other material lots. Marijuana flower lots or other material lots require the following quality assurance tests:
Product
Test(s) Required
Lots of marijuana flowers or other material that will not be extracted
1. Moisture content
2. Potency analysis
3. Foreign matter inspection
4. Microbiological screening
5. Mycotoxin screening
(c) Intermediate products. Intermediate products must meet the following requirements related to quality assurance testing:
(i) All intermediate products must be homogenized prior to quality assurance testing;
(ii) For the purposes of this section, a batch is defined as a single run through the extraction or infusion process;
(iii) A batch of marijuana mix may not exceed five pounds and must be chopped or ground so no particles are greater than 3 mm; and
(iv) All batches of intermediate products require the following quality assurance tests:
Product
Test(s) Required
Intermediate Products
Marijuana mix
1. Moisture content*
2. Potency analysis
3. Foreign matter inspection*
4. Microbiological screening
5. Mycotoxin screening
Concentrate or extract made with hydrocarbons (solvent based made using n-butane, isobutane, propane, heptane, or other solvents or gases approved by the board of at least 99% purity)
1. Potency analysis
2. Mycotoxin screening*
3. Residual solvent test
Concentrate or extract made with a CO2 extractor like hash oil
1. Potency analysis
2. Mycotoxin screening*
3. Residual solvent test
Concentrate or extract made with ethanol
1. Potency analysis
2. Mycotoxin screening*
3. Residual solvent test
Concentrate or extract made with approved food grade solvent
1. Potency analysis
2. Microbiological screening*
3. Mycotoxin screening*
4. Residual solvent test
Concentrate or extract (nonsolvent) such as kief, hash, rosin, or bubble hash
1. Potency analysis
2. Microbiological screening
3. Mycotoxin screening
Infused cooking oil or fat in solid form
1. Potency analysis
2. Microbiological screening*
3. Mycotoxin screening*
*
Field of testing is only required if using lots of marijuana flower and other plant material that has not passed QA testing.
(d) End products. All marijuana, marijuana-infused products, marijuana concentrates, marijuana mix packaged, and marijuana mix infused sold from a processor to a retailer require the following quality assurance tests:
Product
Test(s) Required
End Products
Infused solid edible
Potency analysis
Infused liquid (like a soda or tonic)
Potency analysis
Infused topical
Potency analysis
Marijuana mix packaged (loose or rolled)
Potency analysis
Marijuana mix infused (loose or rolled)
Potency analysis
Concentrate or marijuana-infused product for inhalation
Potency analysis
(e) End products consisting of only one intermediate product that has not been changed in any way are not subject to potency analysis.
(3) No lot of usable flower, batch of marijuana concentrate, or batch of marijuana-infused product may be sold or transported until the completion and successful passage of quality assurance testing as required in this section, except:
(a) Business entities with multiple locations licensed under the same UBI number may transfer marijuana products between the licensed locations under the same UBI number prior to quality assurance testing; and
(b) Licensees may wholesale and transfer batches or lots of flower and other material that will be extracted and marijuana mix and nonsolvent extracts for the purposes of further extraction prior to completing required quality assurance testing. Licensees may wholesale and transfer failed lots or batches to be extracted pursuant to subsection (5) of this section.
(4) Samples, lots, or batches that fail quality assurance testing.
(a) Upon approval by the WSLCB, failed lots or batches may be used to create extracts. After processing, the extract must pass all quality assurance tests required in this section before it may be sold.
(b) Retesting. At the request of the producer or processor, the WSLCB may authorize a retest to validate a failed test result on a case-by-case basis. All costs of the retest will be borne by the producer or the processor requesting the retest. Potency retesting will generally not be authorized.
(c) Remediation. Producers and processors may remediate failed harvests, lots, or batches so long as the remediation method does not impart any toxic or deleterious substance to the usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, or marijuana-infused product. Remediation solvents or methods used on the marijuana product must be disclosed to a licensed processor the producer or producer/processor transfers the products to; a licensed retailer carrying marijuana products derived from the remediated harvest, lot, or batch; or consumer upon request. The entire harvest, lot, or batch the failed sample(s) were deducted from must be remediated using the same remediation technique. No remediated harvest, lots or batches may be sold or transported until the completion and successful passage of quality assurance testing as required in this section.
(5) Referencing. Certified labs may reference samples for mycotoxin, heavy metals, and pesticides testing to other certified labs by subcontracting for those fields of testing. Labs must record all referencing to other labs on a chain-of-custody manifest that includes, but is not limited to, the following information: Lab name, certification number, transfer date, address, contact information, delivery personnel, sample ID numbers, field of testing, receiving personnel.
(6) Certified labs are not limited in the amount of usable marijuana and marijuana products they may have on their premises at any given time, but a certified lab must have records proving all marijuana and marijuana-infused products in the certified lab's possession are held only for the testing purposes described in this section.
(7) Upon the request of the WSLCB or its designee, a licensee or a certified lab must provide an employee of the WSLCB or their designee samples of marijuana or marijuana products or samples of the growing medium, soil amendments, fertilizers, crop production aids, pesticides, or water for random compliance checks. Samples may be screened for pesticides and chemical residues, unsafe levels of heavy metals, and used for other quality assurance tests deemed necessary by the WSLCB.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 17-12-032, § 314-55-102, filed 5/31/17, effective 8/31/17; WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-102, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-102, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15; WSR 14-07-116, § 314-55-102, filed 3/19/14, effective 4/19/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-102, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-1025
Proficiency testing.

(1) For the purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(a) "Field of testing" means the categories of subject matter the laboratory tests, such as pesticide, microbial, potency, residual solvent, heavy metal, mycotoxin, foreign matter, and moisture content detection.
(b) "Proficiency testing (PT)" means the analysis of samples by a laboratory obtained from providers where the composition of the sample is unknown to the laboratory performing the analysis and the results of the analysis are used in part to evaluate the laboratory's ability to produce precise and accurate results.
(c) "Proficiency testing (PT) program" means an operation offered by a provider to detect a laboratory's ability to produce valid results for a given field of testing.
(d) "Provider" means a third-party company, organization, or entity not associated with certified laboratories or a laboratory seeking certification that operates an approved PT program and provides samples for use in PT testing.
(e) "Vendor" means an organization(s) approved by the WSLCB to certify laboratories for marijuana testing, approve PT programs, and perform on-site assessments of laboratories.
(2) The WSLCB or its vendor determines the sufficiency of PTs and maintains a list of approved PT programs. Laboratories may request authorization to conduct PT through other PT programs but must obtain approval for the PT program from WSLCB or WSLCB's vendor prior to conducting PT. The WSLCB may add the newly approved PT program to the list of approved PT programs as appropriate.
(3) As a condition of certification, laboratories must participate in PT and achieve a passing score for each field of testing for which the lab will be or is certified.
(4) A laboratory must successfully complete a minimum of one round of PT for each field of testing the lab seeks to be certified for and provide proof of the successful PT results prior to initial certification.
(5)(a) A certified laboratory must participate in a minimum of two rounds of PT per year for each field of testing to maintain its certification.
(b) To maintain certification, the laboratory must achieve a passing score, on an ongoing basis, in a minimum of two out of three successive rounds of PT. At least one of the scores must be from a round of PT that occurs within six months prior to the laboratory's certification renewal date.
(6) If the laboratory fails to achieve a passing score on at least eighty percent of the analytes in any proficiency test, the test is considered a failure. If the PT provider provides a pass/fail on a per analyte basis but not on the overall round of PT the lab participates in, the pass/fail evaluation for each analyte will be used to evaluate whether the lab passed eighty percent of the analytes. If the PT provider does not provide individual acceptance criteria for each analyte, the following criteria will be applied to determine whether the lab achieves a passing score for the round of PT:
(a) +/- 30% recovery from the reference value for residual solvent testing; or
(b) +/- 3 z or 3 standard deviations from the reference value for all other fields of testing.
(7) If a laboratory fails a round of PT or reports a false negative on a micro PT, the laboratory must investigate the root cause of the laboratory's performance and establish a corrective action report for each unsatisfactory analytical result. The corrective action report must be kept and maintained by the laboratory for a period of three years, available for review during an on-site assessment or inspection, and provided to the WSLCB or WSLCB's vendor upon request.
(8) Laboratories are responsible for obtaining PT samples from vendors approved by WSLCB or WSLCB's vendor. Laboratories are responsible for all costs associated with obtaining PT samples and rounds of PT.
(9) The laboratory must manage, analyze and report all PT samples in the same manner as customer samples including, but not limited to, adhering to the same sample tracking, sample preparation, analysis methods, standard operating procedures, calibrations, quality control, and acceptance criteria used in testing customer samples.
(10) The laboratory must authorize the PT provider to release all results used for certification and/or remediation of failed studies to WSLCB or WSLCB's vendor.
(11) The WSLCB may require the laboratory to submit raw data and all photographs of plated materials along with the report of analysis of PT samples. The laboratory must keep and maintain all raw data and all photographs of plated materials from PT for a period of three years.
(12) The WSLCB may waive proficiency tests for certain fields of testing if PT samples or PT programs are not readily available or for other valid reasons as determined by WSLCB.
(13)(a) The WSLCB will suspend a laboratory's certification if the laboratory fails to maintain a passing score on an ongoing basis in two out of three successive PT studies. The WSLCB may reinstate a laboratory's suspended certification if the laboratory successfully analyzes PT samples from a WSLCB or WSLCB's vendor approved PT provider, so long as the supplemental PT studies are performed at least fifteen days apart from the analysis date of one PT study to the analysis date of another PT study.
(b) The WSLCB will suspend a laboratory's certification if the laboratory fails two consecutive rounds of PT. WSLCB may reinstate a laboratory's suspended certification once the laboratory conducts an investigation, provides the WSLCB a deficiency report identifying the root cause of the failed PT, and successfully analyzes PT samples from a WSLCB or WSLCB's vendor approved PT provider. The supplemental PT studies must be performed at least fifteen days apart from the analysis date of one PT study to the analysis date of another PT study.
(14) If a laboratory fails to remediate and have its certification reinstated under subsection (13)(a) or (b) of this section within six months of the suspension, the laboratory must reapply for certification as if the laboratory was never certified previously.
(15) A laboratory that has its certification suspended or revoked under this section may request an administrative hearing to contest the suspension as provided in chapter 34.05 RCW.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 17-12-032, § 314-55-1025, filed 5/31/17, effective 8/31/17.]



314-55-103
Good laboratory practice checklist.

A third-party testing lab must be certified by the WSLCB or its vendor as meeting the WSLCB's accreditation and other requirements prior to conducting required quality assurance tests. The following checklist will be used by the WSLCB or its vendor to certify third-party testing labs:
ORGANIZATION
Completed by:
Reviewed by:
Document
Reference
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NA
Comments
1.
The laboratory or the organization of which it is a part of shall be an entity that can be held legally responsible.
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The laboratory conducting third-party testing shall have no financial interest in a licensed producer or processor for which testing is being conducted.
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If the laboratory is part of an organization performing activities other than testing, the responsibilities of key personnel in the organization that have an involvement or influence on the testing activities of the laboratory shall be defined in order to identify potential conflicts of interest.
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The laboratory shall have policies and procedures to ensure the protection of its client's confidential information and proprietary rights, including procedures for protecting the electronic storage and transmission of results.
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In every instance where the lab references certification status they shall clearly indicate which tests they are currently certified for.
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The laboratory is responsible for all costs of initial certification and ongoing site assessments.
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The laboratory must agree to site assessments every year for the first three years to maintain certification. Beginning year four of certification, on-site assessments will occur every two years to maintain certification.
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The laboratory must allow WSLCB staff or their representative to conduct physical visits and check I-502 related laboratory activities at any time.
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The laboratory must report all test results directly into WSLCB's traceability system within twenty-four hours of completion. Labs must also record in the traceability system an acknowledgment of the receipt of samples from producers or processors and verify if any unused portion of the sample was destroyed or returned to the customer.
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HUMAN RESOURCES
Completed by:
Reviewed by:
Document
Reference
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N
NA
Comments
9a.
Job descriptions for owners and all employees. A written and documented system detailing the qualifications of each member of the staff including any specific training requirements applicable to analytical methods.
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Specialized training such as by vendors, classes granting CEUs, etc., shall be documented in each training file.
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Qualifications of owners and staff: CVs for staff on file.
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Have technical management which has overall responsibility for the technical operations and the provision of the resources needed to ensure the required quality of laboratory operations.
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Documentation that the scientific director meets the requirements of WSLCB rules.
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Chain of command, personnel organization/flow chart, dated and signed by the laboratory director.
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Written documentation of delegation of responsibilities in the absence of the scientific director and management staff (assigned under chapter 314-55 WAC as related to quality assurance testing).
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Documentation of employee competency (DOC): Prior to independently analyzing samples, and on an annual, ongoing basis, testing personnel must demonstrate acceptable performance on precision, accuracy, specificity, reportable ranges, blanks, and unknown challenge samples (proficiency samples or internally generated quality controls). Dated and signed by the laboratory director.
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The laboratory management shall ensure the competence of all who operate specific equipment, perform tests and/or calibrations, evaluate results, and sign test reports and calibration certificates.
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When using staff who are undergoing training, appropriate supervision shall be provided.
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Personnel performing specific tasks shall be qualified on the basis of appropriate education, training, experience and/or demonstrated skills, as necessary.
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The management shall authorize specific personnel to perform particular types of sampling, test and/or calibration, to issue test reports and calibration certificates, to give opinions and interpretations and to operate particular types of equipment.
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The laboratory shall maintain records of the relevant authorization(s), competence, educational and professional qualifications, training, skills and experience of all technical personnel, including contracted personnel.
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Successful training (in-house courses are acceptable) in specific methodologies used in the laboratory shall be documented.
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Designate a quality manager (however named) who, irrespective of other duties and responsibilities, shall have defined responsibility and authority for ensuring that the quality system is implemented and followed; the quality manager shall have direct access to the highest level of management at which decisions are made on laboratory policy or resources.
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The laboratory shall delegate responsibilities for key managerial personnel to be acted upon in cases of absence or unavailability.
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The laboratory shall provide adequate supervision of testing staff, including trainees, by persons familiar with methods and procedures, purpose of each test and/or calibration, and with the assessment of the test or calibration results.
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Standard operating procedure for the following:
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Instructions on regulatory inspection and preparedness.
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Instruction on law enforcement interactions.
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Information on U.S. federal laws, regulations, and policies relating to individuals employed in these operations, and the implications of these for such employees.
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Written and documented system of employee training on hazards (physical and health) of chemicals in the workplace, including prominent location of MSDS or SDS sheets and the use of appropriate PPE.
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Written and documented system on the competency of personnel on how to handle chemical spills and appropriate action; spill kit on-site and well-labeled, all personnel know the location and procedure.
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Information on how employees can access medical attention for chemical or other exposures, including follow-up examinations without cost or loss of pay.
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Biosafety at a minimum covering sterilization and disinfection procedures and sterile technique training.
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STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES
Document
Reference
Y
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NA
Comments
12.
As appropriate, laboratory operations covered by procedures shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
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Environmental, safety and health activities;
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Sample shipping and receipt;
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Laboratory sample chain of custody and material control;
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Notebooks/logbooks;
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Sample storage;
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Sample preparation;
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Sample analysis;
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Standard preparation and handling;
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Postanalysis sample handling;
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Control of standards, reagents and water quality;
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Cleaning of glassware;
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Waste minimization and disposition.
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The following information is required for procedures as appropriate to the scope and complexity of the procedures or work requested:
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Scope (e.g., parameters measured, range, matrix, expected precision, and accuracy);
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Summary of method;
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Interferences/limitations;
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Approaches to address background corrections;
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Apparatus and instrumentation;
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Reagents and materials;
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Hazards and precautions;
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Sample preparation;
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Apparatus and instrumentation setup;
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Data acquisition system operation;
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Calibration and standardization;
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Procedural steps;
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QC parameters and criteria;
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Statistical methods used;
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Calculations;
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Assignment of uncertainty;
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Forms used in the context of the procedure.
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Document control with master list identifying the current revision status of documents.
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Document
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Allocation of space: Adequate for number of personnel and appropriate separation of work areas.
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Arrangement of space.
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Adequate eyewash/safety showers/sink.
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Procurement controls.
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The laboratory shall have procedure(s) for the selection and purchasing of services and supplies it uses that affect the quality of the tests and/or calibrations. Procedures covering reagents and laboratory consumables shall exist for the purchase, receipt, storage, and disposition of expired materials.
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The laboratory shall ensure that purchased supplies and reagents and consumable materials that affect the quality of tests and/or calibrations are inspected or otherwise verified as complying with standard specifications or requirements defined in the methods for the tests and/or calibrations concerned.
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Reagents and standards shall be inspected, dated and initialed upon receipt, and upon opening.
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Calibration standards and analytical reagents shall have an expiration or reevaluation date assigned.
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Solutions shall be adequately identified to trace back to preparation documentation.
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Prospective suppliers shall be evaluated and selected on the basis of specified criteria.
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Processes to ensure that approved suppliers continue to provide acceptable items and services shall be established and implemented.
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Subcontracting.
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The laboratory shall advise the customer of the subcontract arrangement in writing, including the subcontractors' accreditation credentials under chapters 69.50 RCW and 314-55 WAC.
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The laboratory shall maintain a register of all subcontractors that it uses for tests and/or calibrations and a record of the evidence of compliance with chapter 314-55 WAC for the work in question.
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When there are indications that subcontractors knowingly supplied items or services of substandard quality, this information shall be forwarded to appropriate management for action.
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Utilities (items verified upon on-site inspection).
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Electrical:
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Outlets: Adequate, unobstructed, single-use, multiplug adaptors with surge control;
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Single-use extension cords;
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Ground fault circuit interrupters near wet areas.
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Plumbing:
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Hot and cold running water.
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Ventilation:
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Vented hood for any microbiological analysis - Class II Type A biosafety cabinet as applicable.
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Fume hood with appropriate ventilation.
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Vacuum: Appropriate utilities/traps for prevention of contamination (as applicable).
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Shut-off controls: Located outside of the laboratory.
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Waste disposal: Appropriate for the type of waste and compliant with WAC 314-55-097 Marijuana waste disposal—Liquids and solids.
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Equipment. Equipment and/or systems requiring periodic maintenance shall be identified and records of major equipment shall include:
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Name;
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Serial number or unique identification from name plate;
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Date received and placed in service;
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Current location;
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Condition at receipt;
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Manufacturer's instructions;
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Date of calibration or date of next calibration;
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Maintenance;
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History of malfunction.
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Maintenance.
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Documented evidence of routine preventive maintenance and calibration of equipment including, but not limited to: Thermometer, pipette, analytical balances, and additional analytical equipment.
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Calibration programs shall be established for key quantities or values of the instruments where these properties have a significant effect on the results.
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Before being placed into service, equipment, including equipment used for sampling, shall be calibrated or checked to establish that it meets the laboratory's specification requirements and complies with the relevant standard specifications.
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Equipment that has been subjected to overloading or mishandling, gives suspect results, or has been shown to be defective or outside of specified limits, shall be taken out of service. Such equipment shall be isolated to prevent its use or clearly labeled or marked as being out-of-service until it has been repaired and shown by calibration or test to perform correctly.
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Documentation of a maintenance schedule and reviewed by the laboratory director.
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Calibration procedures shall specify frequency of calibration checks.
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Instruments that are routinely calibrated shall be verified daily or prior to analyzing samples (as applicable).
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Acceptance criteria shall be determined, documented and used.
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When possible, any external calibration service (metrological laboratory) used shall be a calibration laboratory accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 by a recognized accreditation body.
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Laboratories shall demonstrate, when possible, that calibrations of critical equipment and hence the measurement results generated by that equipment, relevant to their scope of accreditation, are traceable to the SI through an unbroken chain of calibrations.
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External calibration services shall, wherever possible, be obtained from providers accredited to one of the following: ISO/IEC 17025, ISO Guide 34, an ILAC recognized signatory, a CIPM recognized National Metrology Institute (NMI), or a state weights and measures facility that is part of the NIST laboratory metrology program. Calibration certificates shall be endorsed by a recognized accreditation body symbol or otherwise make reference to accredited status by a specific, recognized accreditation body, or contain endorsement by the NMI. Certificates shall indicate traceability to the SI or reference standard and include the measurement result with the associated uncertainty of measurement.
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Where traceability to the SI is not technically possible or reasonable, the laboratory shall use certified reference materials provided by a competent supplier.
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Calibrations performed in-house shall be documented in a manner that demonstrates traceability via an unbroken chain of calibrations regarding the reference standard/material used, allowing for an overall uncertainty to be estimated for the in-house calibration.
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Calibrations shall be repeated at appropriate intervals, the length of which can be dependent on the uncertainty required, the frequency of use and verification, the manner of use, stability of the equipment, and risk of failure considerations.
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Periodic verifications shall be performed to demonstrate the continued validity of the calibration at specified intervals between calibrations. The frequency of verifications can be dependent on the uncertainty required, the frequency of use, the manner of use, stability of the equipment, and risk of failure considerations.
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Documentation of curative maintenance in logbook, signed and dated by laboratory director.
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Evidence of temperature monitoring for equipment requiring specific temperature ranges.
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Test and calibration equipment, including both hardware and software, shall be safeguarded from adjustments which would invalidate the test and/or calibration results.
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Decontamination and cleaning procedures for:
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Instruments;
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Bench space; and
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Ventilation hood/microbial hood.
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Documentation of adequacy of training of personnel and responsibility for each maintenance task.
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The organization shall describe or reference how periodic preventive and corrective maintenance of measurement or test equipment shall be performed to ensure availability and satisfactory performance of the systems.
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Computer systems (items verified upon on-site inspection).
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Adequate for sample tracking.
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Adequate for analytical equipment software.
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Software control requirements applicable to both commercial and laboratory developed software shall be developed, documented, and implemented.
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In addition, procedures for software control shall address the security systems for the protection of applicable software.
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For laboratory-developed software, a copy of the original program code shall be:
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Maintained;
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All changes shall include a description of the change, authorization for the change;
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Test data that validates the change.
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Software shall be acceptance tested when installed, after changes, and periodically during use, as appropriate.
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Software testing shall include performing manual calculations or checking against another software product that has been previously tested, or by analysis of standards.
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The version and manufacturer of the software shall be documented.
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Commercially available software may be accepted as supplied by the vendor. For vendor supplied instrument control/data analysis software, acceptance testing may be performed by the laboratory.
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Security.
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Written facility security procedures during operating and nonworking hours.
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Roles of personnel in security.
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SOP for controlled access areas and personnel who can access.
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Control of records.
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The laboratory shall establish and maintain procedures for identification, collection, indexing, access, filing, storage, maintenance and disposal of quality and technical records.
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All records shall be legible and shall be stored and retained in such a way that they are readily retrievable in facilities that provide a suitable environment to prevent damage or deterioration and to prevent loss.
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Records must be retained for a period of three years.
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All records shall be held secure and in confidence.
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The laboratory shall have procedures to protect and back-up records stored electronically and to prevent unauthorized access to or amendment of these records.
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The laboratory shall retain records of original observations, derived data and sufficient information to establish an audit trail, calibration records, staff records and a copy of each test report or calibration certificate issued, for a defined period.
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The records for each test or calibration shall contain sufficient information to facilitate, if possible, identification of factors affecting the uncertainty and to enable the test or calibration to be repeated under conditions as close as possible to the original.
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The records shall include the identity of personnel responsible for the sampling, performance of each test and/or calibration and checking of results.
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Observations, data and calculations shall be recorded at the time they are made and shall be identifiable to the specific task.
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When mistakes occur in records, each mistake shall be lined out, not erased or made illegible or deleted, and the correct value entered alongside.
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All such alterations or corrections to records shall be signed or initialed and dated by the person making the correction.
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In the case of records stored electronically, equivalent measures shall be taken to avoid loss or change of original data.
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All entries to hard copy laboratory records shall be made using indelible ink. No correction fluid may be used on original laboratory data records.
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Laboratories shall establish and maintain a data review process beginning at sample receipt and extending through the report process. The data review process shall be an independent review, conducted by a qualified individual other than the analyst.
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The review process shall be documented before data are reported.
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Storage.
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Appropriate and adequate for sample storage over time. The laboratory shall monitor, control and record environmental conditions as required by the relevant specifications, methods and procedures or where they influence the quality of the results. Due attention shall be paid, for example, to biological sterility, dust, electromagnetic disturbances, humidity, electrical supply, temperature, and sound and vibration levels, as appropriate to the technical activities concerned.
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Adequate storage of chemical reference standards.
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Appropriate storage of any reagents: Fireproof cabinet, separate cabinet for storage of any acids.
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Appropriate safe and secure storage of documents etc., archiving, retrieval of, maintenance of and security of data for a period of three years.
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Sampling/sample protocols must be consistent with chapter 314-55 WAC, written and approved by the laboratory director, and must include documented training.
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Demonstrate adequacy of the chain-of-custody, including: Tracking upon receipt of sample including all personnel handling the sample and documenting condition of the sample through a macroscopic and foreign matter inspection.
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Macroscopic and foreign matter inspection - Fit for purpose test. Scientifically valid testing methodology: Either AHP monograph compliant or other third-party validation.
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Failed inspection of product: Tracking and reporting.
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Return of failed product documentation and tracking.
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Disposal of used/unused samples documentation.
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Sample preparation, extraction and dilution SOP.
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Demonstration of recovery for samples in various matrices (SOPs):
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Plant material - Flower;
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Edibles (solid and liquid meant to be consumed orally);
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Topical;
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Concentrates.
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Data protocols.
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Calculations for quantification of cannabinoid content in various matrices - SOPs.
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Determination of the range for reporting the quantity (LOD/LOQ) data review or generation.
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Reporting of data: Certificates of analysis (CA) - Clear and standardized format for consumer reporting.
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Each test report shall include at least the following information, unless the laboratory has valid reasons for not doing so:
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A title (e.g., "Test Report" or "Certificate of Analysis");
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The name and address of the laboratory, and the location where the tests were carried out, if different from the address of the laboratory;
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Unique identification of the test report certificate (such as the serial number), and on each page an identification in order to ensure that the page is recognized as a part of the test report or calibration certificate, and a clear identification of the end of the test report or calibration certificate;
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The name and address of the customer;
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Identification of the method used;
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A description of, the condition of, and unambiguous identification of the item(s) tested;
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The date of receipt of the test item(s) where this is critical to the validity and application of the results, and the date(s) of performance of the test or calibration;
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Reference to the sampling plan and procedures used by the laboratory or other bodies where these are relevant to the validity or application of the results;
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The test results with, where appropriate, the units of measurement;
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The name(s), function(s) and signature(s) or equivalent identification of person(s) authorizing the test report or certificate; and
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Where relevant, a statement to the effect that the results relate only to the items tested or calibrated.
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Material amendments to a test report or calibration certificate after issue shall be made only in the form of a further document, or data transfer, which includes the statement: "Supplement to Test Report (or Calibration Certificate), serial number... (or as otherwise identified)," or an equivalent form of wording.
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When it is necessary to issue a complete new test report or calibration certificate, this shall be uniquely identified and shall contain a reference to the original that it replaces.
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If the laboratory chooses to include a reference to their I-502 certification on their test report, any test results not covered under I-502 certification shall be clearly identified on the report.
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Documentation that the value reported in the CA is within the range and limitations of the analytical method.
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Documentation that qualitative results (those below the LOQ but above the LOD) are reported as "trace," or with a nonspecific (numerical) designation.
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Documentation that the methodology has the specificity for the degree of quantitation reported. Final reports are not quantitative to any tenths or hundredths of a percent.
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Use of appropriate "controls": Documentation of daily use of positive and negative controls that challenge the linearity of the curve; and/or an appropriate "matrix blank" and control with documentation of the performance for each calibration run.
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Chemical assay procedure/methodology.
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Quality Control (QC):
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Documentation of use of an appropriate internal standard for any quantitative measurements as applicable to the method.
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Appropriate reference standards for quantification of analytes, performing and documenting a calibration curve with each analysis.
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Reference materials shall, where possible, be traceable to SI units of measurement, or to certified reference materials. Internal reference materials shall be checked for accuracy as far as is technically and economically practicable.
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The laboratory shall create and follow procedures for safe handling, transport, storage and use of reference standards and reference materials in order to prevent contamination or deterioration and in order to protect their integrity.
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Reference materials shall have a certificate of analysis that documents traceability to a primary standard or certified reference material and associated uncertainty, when possible. When applicable, the certificate must document the specific NIST SRM® or NMI certified reference material used for traceability.
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Demonstration of calibration curve r2 value of no less than 0.995 with a minimum of four points which bracket the expected sample concentration range.
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The calibration curve shall be verified by preparing an independently prepared calibration standard (from neat materials) or with a standard from an independent source. Acceptance criteria for the standard calibration curve and the independent calibration verification standard shall be documented.
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Instrument calibration/standardization shall be verified each 24-hour period of use, or at each instrument start-up if the instrument is restarted during the 24-hour period, by analysis of a continuing calibration verification standard. Acceptance criteria shall be documented.
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Calibration or working quantification ranges shall encompass the concentrations reported by the laboratory. Continuing calibration verification standards and continuing calibration blanks shall be analyzed in accordance with the specified test methods. Acceptance criteria shall be documented.
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Assuring the quality of test results.
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The laboratory shall have quality control procedures for monitoring the validity of tests and calibrations undertaken.
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The resulting data shall be recorded in such a way that trends are detectable and, where practicable, statistical techniques shall be applied to the reviewing of the results.
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This monitoring shall be planned and reviewed and may include, but not be limited to, the following:
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Regular use of certified reference materials and/or internal quality control using secondary reference materials;
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Participation in interlaboratory comparison or proficiency-testing programs;
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Replicate tests or calibrations using the same or different methods;
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Retesting or recalibration of retained items;
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Correlation of results for different characteristics of an item.
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Quality control data shall be analyzed and, where they are found to be outside predefined criteria, planned actions shall be taken to correct the problem and to prevent incorrect results from occurring.
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The laboratory shall determine, where feasible, the accuracy and precision of all analyses performed.
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Acceptance limits for each method shall be established based on statistical evaluation of the data generated by the analysis of quality control check samples, unless specific acceptance limits are established by the method.
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vii.
Control charts or quality control data bases shall be used to record quality control data and compare them with acceptance limits.
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Procedures shall be used to monitor trends and the validity of test results.
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Proficiency.
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Participation in approved PT programs for each field of testing.
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Passing PT results for two consecutive PTs.
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Documentation of investigation for all failed PTs.
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Method validation: Scientifically valid testing methodology: AHP monograph compliant, other third-party validation or the current version of a standard method. The following requirements are applied to other third-party validation:
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The laboratory shall validate nonstandard methods, laboratory-designed/developed methods, standard methods used outside their intended scope, and amplifications and modifications of standard methods to confirm that the methods are fit for the intended use.
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The validation shall be as extensive as is necessary to meet the needs of a given application or field of application.
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The laboratory shall record the results obtained, the procedure used for the validation, and a statement as to whether the method is fit for the intended use.
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The customer shall be informed as to the method chosen.
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The laboratory shall confirm that it can properly operate standard methods before introducing the tests or calibrations. If the standard method changes, the confirmation shall be repeated.
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Deviation from test and calibration methods shall occur only if the deviation has been documented, technically justified, authorized, and accepted by the customer.
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Validation shall be documented and include the following elements as applicable:
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Minimum acceptance criteria;
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Analyte specificity;
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Linearity;
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Range;
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Accuracy;
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Precision;
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Detection limit;
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Quantification limit;
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Stability of samples and reagents interlaboratory precision;
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Analysis robustness;
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Presence of QC samples;
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Use of appropriate internal reference standard;
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Daily monitoring of the response of the instrument;
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Validation shall be performed for matrix extensions for each type of product tested, including data review of recovery for:
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Solvent-based extract;
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CO2 extraction or other "hash oil";
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Extract made with food grade ethanol;
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Extract made with food grade glycerin or propylene glycol;
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Infused liquids;
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Infused solids;
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Infused topical preparations;
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Other oils, butter or fats.
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Estimation of uncertainty of measurement.
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Testing laboratories shall have and shall apply procedures for estimating uncertainty of measurement. The laboratory shall at least attempt to identify all the components of uncertainty and make a reasonable estimation, and shall ensure that the form of reporting of the result does not give a wrong impression of the uncertainty. Reasonable estimation shall be based on knowledge of the performance of the method and on the measurement scope and shall make use of, for example, previous experience and validation data.
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In those cases where a well-recognized test method specifies limits to the values of the major sources of uncertainty of measurement and specifies the form of presentation of calculated results, the laboratory is considered to have satisfied this clause by following the test method and reporting instructions.
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When estimating the uncertainty of measurement, all uncertainty components which are of importance in the given situation shall be taken into account using appropriate methods of analysis.
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Sources contributing to the uncertainty include, but are not necessarily limited to, the reference standards and reference materials used, methods and equipment used, environmental conditions, properties and condition of the item being tested or calibrated, and the operator.
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Test methods are classified as either qualitative or quantitative. Qualitative tests are defined as having nonnumerical results. Although estimation of measurement uncertainty is not needed for these tests, laboratories are expected to have an understanding of the contributors to variability of the results. For quantitative tests, laboratories shall determine measurement uncertainty using appropriate statistical techniques.
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Laboratories shall make independent estimations of uncertainty for tests performed on samples with significantly different matrices.
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Laboratories are required to re-estimate measurement uncertainty when changes to their operations are made that may affect sources of uncertainty.
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When reporting measurement uncertainty, the test report shall include the coverage factor and confidence level used in the estimations (typically k = approximately 2 at the 95% confidence level).
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Other methods.
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Validated microbiological methods fit for purpose.
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Microbial contaminants within limits as directed by WSLCB.
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Moisture content testing fit for purpose. Scientifically valid testing methodology: AHP monograph compliant, or other third-party validation.
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Solvent residuals testing fit for purpose; solvent extracted products made with class 3 or other solvents used are not to exceed 500 parts per million (PPM) per one gram of solvent based product and are to be tested.
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Any other QA/QC methods is proven to be fit for purpose.
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Laboratory records.
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Legible and in ink (or computerized system).
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Signed and dated.
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Changes initialed and dated.
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Evidence of periodic review and signed by a management representative.
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Preventive/corrective action.
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The laboratory shall establish a policy and procedure and shall designate appropriate authorities for implementing corrective action when nonconforming work or departures from the policies and procedures in the management system or technical operations are identified.
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The procedure for corrective action shall start with an investigation to determine the root cause(s) of the problem.
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Where corrective action is needed, the laboratory shall identify potential corrective actions. It shall select and implement the action(s) most likely to eliminate the problem and to prevent recurrence.
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The laboratory shall document and implement any required changes resulting from corrective action investigations.
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Any PT round that leads to the nonproficient status of a laboratory shall be addressed by the corrective action process.
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The laboratory shall monitor the results to ensure that the corrective actions taken have been effective.
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When improvement opportunities are identified or if preventive action is required, action plans shall be developed, implemented and monitored to reduce the likelihood of the occurrence of such nonconformities and to take advantage of the opportunities for improvement.
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Each test report or calibration certificate shall include at least the following information, unless otherwise justified:
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A title (e.g., "Test Report" or "Calibration Certificate");
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The name and address of the laboratory, and the location where the tests and/or calibrations were carried out, if different from the address of the laboratory;
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Unique identification of the test report or calibration certificate (such as the serial number), and on each page an identification in order to ensure that the page is recognized as a part of the test report or calibration certificate, and a clear identification of the end of the test report or calibration certificate;
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Reference to the sampling plan and procedures used by the laboratory or other bodies where these are relevant to the validity or application of the results;
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The test or calibration results with, where appropriate, the units of measurement;
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The name(s), function(s) and signature(s) or equivalent identification of person(s) authorizing the test report or calibration certificate; and
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Periodic management review and internal audit.
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[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 17-12-032, § 314-55-103, filed 5/31/17, effective 8/31/17; WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-103, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-103, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15.]



314-55-1035
Laboratory certificationSuspension and revocation.

(1) The board may summarily suspend or revoke the certification of any lab certified under WAC 314-55-0995 for any of the following reasons:
(a) The laboratory owner or science director violates any of the requirements of chapter 314-55 WAC relating to the operations of the laboratory.
(b) The laboratory owner or science director aids, abets, or permits the violation of any provision of chapters 314-55 WAC, 69.50 RCW, 69.51A RCW, or Title 9 or 9A RCW related to the operations of the laboratory, or the laboratory owner or science director permits laboratory staff to do so.
(c) Evidence the certificate holder or owner made false statements in any material regard:
(i) On the application for certification;
(ii) In submissions to the board relating to receiving or maintaining certification; or
(iii) Regarding any testing performed or results provided to WSLCB or the marijuana licensee by the certificate holder or owner pursuant to WAC 314-55-102.
(d) The laboratory owner or science director is convicted of any crime substantially related to the qualifications or duties of that owner and related to the functions of the laboratory, including a conviction for falsifying any report of or that relates to a laboratory analysis. For purposes of this subsection, a "conviction" means a plea or finding of guilt regardless of whether the imposition of sentence is deferred or the penalty is suspended.
(e) The laboratory submits proficiency test sample results generated by another laboratory as its own.
(f) The laboratory staff denies entry to any employee of the WSLCB or WSLCB's vendor during normal business hours for an on-site assessment or inspection, as required by WAC 314-55-0995, 314-55-102, 314-55-1025, or 314-55-103.
(2)(a) The following violations are subject to the penalties as provided in (b) of this subsection:
(i) The laboratory fails to submit an acceptable corrective action report in response to a deficiency report, and failure to implement corrective action related to any deficiencies found during a laboratory assessment.
(ii) The laboratory fails to report proficiency testing results pursuant to WAC 314-55-1025.
(iii) The laboratory fails to remit certification fees within the time limit established by a certifying authority.
(iv) The laboratory fails to meet recordkeeping requirements as required by chapter 314-55 WAC unless the failure to maintain records is substantial enough to warrant a suspension or revocation under subsection (1) of this section.
(b) The penalties for the violations in (a) of this subsection are as follows:
(i) First violation: Ten-day suspension of the lab's certification or until the lab corrects the violation leading to the suspension, whichever is longer.
(ii) Second violation within a three-year period: Thirty-day suspension of laboratory certification or until the laboratory corrects the violation leading to the suspension, whichever is longer.
(iii) Third violation within a three-year period: Revocation of the lab's certification.
(3) A certified lab may also be subject to a suspension of certification related to proficiency testing requirements under WAC 314-55-1025.
(4) A laboratory that has its certification suspended or revoked under this section may request an administrative hearing to contest the suspension or revocation as provided in chapter 34.05 RCW.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 17-12-032, § 314-55-1035, filed 5/31/17, effective 8/31/17.]



314-55-104
Marijuana processor license extraction requirements.

(1) Processors are limited to certain methods, equipment, solvents, gases and mediums when creating marijuana extracts.
(2) Processors may use the hydrocarbons N-butane, isobutane, propane, or heptane or other solvents or gases exhibiting low to minimal potential human health-related toxicity approved by the WSLCB. These solvents must be of at least ninety-nine percent purity and a processor must use them in a professional grade closed loop extraction system designed to recover the solvents, work in an environment with proper ventilation, controlling all sources of ignition where a flammable atmosphere is or may be present.
(3) Processors may use a professional grade closed loop CO2 gas extraction system where every vessel is rated to a minimum of six hundred pounds per square inch. The CO2 must be of at least ninety-nine percent purity.
(4) Closed loop systems for hydrocarbon or CO2 extraction systems must be commercially manufactured and bear a permanently affixed and visible serial number.
(5) Certification from a licensed engineer must be provided to the WSLCB for professional grade closed loop systems used by processors to certify that the system was commercially manufactured, safe for its intended use, and built to codes of recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices, such as:
(a) The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME);
(b) American National Standards Institute (ANSI);
(c) Underwriters Laboratories (UL); or
(d) The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
(6) The certification document must contain the signature and stamp of a professional engineer and the serial number of the ex-traction unit being certified.
(7) Professional closed loop systems, other equipment used, the extraction operation, and facilities must be approved for their use by the local fire code official and meet any required fire, safety, and building code requirements specified in:
(a) Title 296 WAC;
(b) Chapters 51-51 and 51-54A WAC;
(c) National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards;
(d) International Building Code (IBC);
(e) International Fire Code (IFC); and
(f) Other applicable standards including following all applicable fire, safety, and building codes in processing and the handling and storage of the solvent or gas.
(8) Processors may use heat, screens, presses, steam distillation, ice water, and other methods without employing solvents or gases to create kief, hashish, bubble hash, or infused dairy butter, or oils or fats derived from natural sources, and other extracts.
(9) Under WAC 314-55-077, infused dairy butter and oils or fats derived from natural sources may be used to prepare infused edible products, but they may not be prepared as stand-alone edible products for sale.
(10) Processors may use food grade glycerin, ethanol, and propylene glycol solvents to create extracts. All ethanol must be removed from the extract in a manner to recapture the solvent and ensure that it is not vented into the atmosphere.
(11) Processors creating marijuana extracts must develop standard operating procedures, good manufacturing practices, and a training plan prior to producing extracts for the marketplace. Any person using solvents or gases in a closed looped system to create marijuana extracts must be fully trained on how to use the system, have direct access to applicable material safety data sheets and handle and store the solvents and gases safely.
(12) Parts per million for one gram of finished extract cannot exceed 500 parts per million or residual solvent or gas when quality assurance tested per RCW 69.50.348.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-104, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-104, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15; WSR 14-10-044, § 314-55-104, filed 4/30/14, effective 5/31/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-104, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-105
Packaging and labeling requirements.

(1) All usable marijuana and marijuana-infused products must be stored behind a counter or other barrier to ensure a customer does not have direct access to the product.
(2) Any container or packaging containing usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, or marijuana-infused products must protect the product from contamination and must not impart any toxic or deleterious substance to the usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, or marijuana-infused product.
(3) Upon the request of a retail customer, a retailer must disclose the name of the certified third-party testing lab and results of the required quality assurance test for any usable marijuana, marijuana concentrate, or marijuana-infused product the customer is considering purchasing.
(4) Usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, and marijuana-infused products must not be labeled as organic unless permitted by the United States Department of Agriculture in accordance with the Organic Foods Production Act.
(5) The certified third-party testing lab and required results of the quality assurance test must be included with each lot and disclosed to the customer buying the lot.
(6) A marijuana producer must make quality assurance test results available to any processor purchasing product. A marijuana producer must label each lot of marijuana with the following information:
(a) Lot number;
(b) UBI number of the producer; and
(c) Weight of the product.
(7) Marijuana-infused products and marijuana concentrates meant to be eaten, swallowed, or inhaled, must be packaged in child resistant packaging in accordance with Title 16 C.F.R. 1700 of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act or use standards specified in this subsection. Marijuana-infused product in solid or liquid form may be packaged in plastic four mil or greater in thickness and be heat sealed with no easy-open tab, dimple, corner, or flap as to make it difficult for a child to open and as a tamperproof measure. Marijuana-infused product in liquid form may also be sealed using a metal crown cork style bottle cap.
Marijuana-infused solid edible products. If there is more than one serving in the package, each serving must be packaged individually in childproof packaging (see WAC 314-55-105(7)) and placed in the outer package.
Marijuana-infused liquid edible products. If there is more than one serving in the package, a measuring device must be included in the package with the product. Hash marks on the bottle do not qualify as a measuring device. A measuring cap or dropper must be included in the package with the marijuana-infused liquid edible product.
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(9) A producer or processor may not treat or otherwise adulterate usable marijuana with any organic or nonorganic chemical or other compound whatsoever to alter the color, appearance, weight, or smell of the usable marijuana.
(10) Labels must comply with the version of NIST Handbook 130, Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulation adopted in chapter 16-662 WAC.
(11) All marijuana and marijuana products when sold at retail must include accompanying material that is attached to the package or is given separately to the consumer containing the following warnings:
(a) "Warning: This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Smoking is hazardous to your health";
(b) "There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product";
(c) "Should not be used by women that are pregnant or breast feeding";
(d) "For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of reach of children";
(e) "Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug";
(f) Statement that discloses all pesticides applied to the marijuana plants and growing medium during production and processing.
(12) Labels affixed to the container or package containing marijuana or marijuana products sold at retail must include:
(a) The business or trade name and the sixteen digit Washington state unified business identifier number of the licensees that produced, processed and sold the marijuana or marijuana products. The marijuana retail licensee trade name and Washington state unified business identifier number may be in the form of a sticker placed on the label;
(b) Sixteen digit inventory ID number assigned by the WSLCB's traceability system. This must be the same number that appears on the transport manifest;
(c) Net weight in ounces and grams or volume as appropriate;
(d) Statement that discloses all pesticides applied to the marijuana plants and growing medium during production of the base marijuana used to create the extract added to infused products; and
(e) If solvents were used, statement that discloses the type of extraction method, including any solvents, gases, or other chemicals or compounds used to produce or that are added to the extract.
(f) Warnings that state: "This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming";
(g) Statement that "This product may be unlawful outside of Washington state";
(h) The WSLCB may create a logo that must be placed on all usable marijuana and marijuana-infused products.
(13) In addition to requirements in subsection (10) of this section, labels affixed to the container or package containing usable marijuana, or packaged marijuana mix sold at retail must include:
(a) Concentration of THC (total THC and activated THC-A) and CBD (total CBD and activated CBD-A);
(b) Date of harvest.
(14) In addition to requirements in subsection (10) of this section, labels affixed to the container or package containing marijuana-infused products meant to be eaten or swallowed sold at retail must include:
(a) Date manufactured;
(b) Best by date;
(c) Serving size and the number of servings contained within the unit;
(d) Total milligrams of active THC, or Delta 9 and total milligrams of active CBD;
(e) List of all ingredients and major food allergens as defined in the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004;
(f) "Caution: When eaten or swallowed, the intoxicating effects of this drug may be delayed by two or more hours."
(15) In addition to requirements in subsection (10) of this section, labels affixed to the container or package containing marijuana-infused extract for inhalation, or infused marijuana mix sold at retail must include:
(a) Date manufactured;
(b) Best by date;
(c) Concentration of THC (total Delta 9 and Delta 9 THC-A) and CBD (total CBD and activated CBD-A).
(16) In addition to requirements in subsection (10) of this section, labels affixed to the container or package containing marijuana topicals sold at retail must include:
(a) Date manufactured;
(b) Best by date;
(c) Total milligrams of active tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), or Delta 9 and total milligrams of active CBD.
(17) Other cannabinoids and terpenes may be included on the label if:
(a) The producer or processor has test results from a certified third-party lab to support the claim; and
(b) The lab results are made available to the consumer upon request.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-105, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-105, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15; WSR 14-10-044, § 314-55-105, filed 4/30/14, effective 5/31/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-105, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]



314-55-106
Marijuana warning symbol requirement.

The following requirements are in addition to the packaging and labeling requirements provided in WAC 314-55-105.
(1) Marijuana-infused products meant to be eaten or swallowed sold at retail must be labeled on the principal display panel or front of the product package with the "not for kids" warning symbol created and made available in digital form to licensees without cost by the Washington poison center (WPC). The warning symbol may be found on the WPC's web site.
(a) The warning symbol must be of a size so as to be legible, readily visible by the consumer, and effective to alert consumers and children that the product is not for kids, but must not be smaller than three-quarters of an inch in height by one-half of an inch in width; and
(b) The warning symbol must not be altered or cropped in any way other than to adjust the sizing for placement on the principal display panel or front of the product package, except that a licensee must use a black border around the edges of the white background of the warning symbol image when the label or packaging is also white to ensure visibility of the warning symbol.
(2) Licensees may download the digital warning symbol from the WPC and print stickers, or purchase and use a sticker made available by the WPC, in lieu of incorporating the warning symbol on its label or packaging as required under subsection (1) of this section. If a licensee elects to use a warning symbol sticker, the sticker:
(a) Must meet all requirements of subsection (1) of this section; and
(b) Must not cover or obscure in any way labeling or information required on marijuana products by WAC 314-55-105.
(3) For the purposes of this section, "principal display panel" means the portion(s) of the surface of the immediate container, or of any outer container or wrapping, which bear(s) the labeling designed to be most prominently displayed, shown, presented, or examined under conditions of retail sale. "Immediate container" means the external container holding the marijuana product.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-23-089, § 314-55-106, filed 11/16/16, effective 2/14/17.]



314-55-107
Marijuana product compliance.

A marijuana compliant product must meet all requirements in the department of health rules found in chapter 246-70 WAC in addition to all WSLCB requirements found in chapter 314-55 WAC.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-107, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16.]



314-55-108
Pesticide action levels.

(1) Only pesticides allowed under WAC 314-55-084 may be used in the production of marijuana, and they must be registered by the Washington state department of agriculture (WSDA) under chapter 15.58 RCW.
(2) Pursuant to WAC 314-55-102, if the WSLCB, WSDA, other designee of the WSLCB, or certified lab identifies a pesticide that is not allowed under subsection (1) of this section and is above the action levels provided in subsection (3) of this section, that lot or batch from which the sample was deducted has failed quality assurance testing and may be subject to a recall as provided in WAC 314-55-225.
(3) The action levels for pesticides are provided in the table below. The action level for all other pesticides that are not listed in the table below or not allowed under subsection (1) of this section is 0.1 ppm.
Analyte
Chemical Abstract Services (CAS) Registry Number
Action Level ppm
Abamectin
71751-41-2
 
0.5
Acephate
30560-19-1
 
0.4
Acequinocyl
57960-19-7
 
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Acetamiprid
135410-20-7
 
0.2
Aldicarb
116-06-3
 
0.4
Azoxystrobin
131860-33-8
 
0.2
Bifenazate
149877-41-8
 
0.2
Bifenthrin
82657-04-3
 
0.2
Boscalid
188425-85-6
 
0.4
Carbaryl
63-25-2
 
0.2
Carbofuran
1563-66-2
 
0.2
Chlorantraniliprole
500008-45-7
 
0.2
Chlorfenapyr
122453-73-0
 
1
Chlorpyrifos
2921-88-2
 
0.2
Clofentezine
74115-24-5
 
0.2
Cyfluthrin
68359-37-5
 
1
Cypermethrin
52315-07-8
 
1
Daminozide
1596-84-5
 
1
DDVP (Dichlorvos)
62-73-7
 
0.1
Diazinon
333-41-5
 
0.2
Dimethoate
60-51-5
 
0.2
Ethoprophos
13194-48-4
 
0.2
Etofenprox
80844-07-1
 
0.4
Etoxazole
153233-91-1
 
0.2
Fenoxycarb
72490-01-8
 
0.2
Fenpyroximate
134098-61-6
 
0.4
Fipronil
120068-37-3
 
0.4
Flonicamid
158062-67-0
 
1
Fludioxonil
131341-86-1
 
0.4
Hexythiazox
78587-05-0
 
1
Imazalil
35554-44-0
 
0.2
Imidacloprid
138261-41-3
 
0.4
Kresoxim-methyl
143390-89-0
 
0.4
Malathion
121-75-5
 
0.2
Metalaxyl
57837-19-1
 
0.2
Methiocarb
2032-65-7
 
0.2
Methomyl
16752-77-5
 
0.4
Methyl parathion
298-00-0
 
0.2
MGK-264
113-48-4
 
0.2