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Ten Washington Lawmakers Claim Liquor and Cannabis Board Has a “Toxic Culture”

Ten Washington Lawmakers Claim Liquor and Cannabis Board Has a “Toxic Culture”

Lester Black | Feb 26, 2019

Washington’s weed regulator is in hot water after a bipartisan group of ten state lawmakers said in a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee that the agency has a “toxic culture” and called on the governor to rescind his nomination of Russ Hauge, one of the agency’s board members. The lawmakers claimed in the letter that Hauge was “either ignorant of the facts, or purposely did not tell the truth” at a legislative committee hearing this month.

The ten state lawmakers signed the letter to the governor dated Feb. 13, two weeks after Hauge testified at the House of Representative’s Commerce & Gaming Committee over a new bill that would change how the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) punishes pot businesses when they violate the agency’s rules. The cannabis industry has complained for years that the LCB is too heavy-handed in how they enforce their rules, often penalizing business owners or even cancelling their licenses for infractions that would be minor in any other industry. The proposed law would change that and make it easier for licensees to correct mistakes before they get penalized.

https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2019/02/26/39305040/ten-washington-lawmakers-claim-liquor-and-cannabis-board-has-a-toxic-culture






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