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What’s Really Going on With Russ Hauge?

What’s Really Going on With Russ Hauge?

Recently, The Stranger  published an articled reporting that ten state lawmakers are calling for Governor Jay Inslee to rescind his nomination of longtime Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) member Russ Hauge for another term. Their letter to Inslee doesn’t paint a pretty picture of Hauge’s behavior, alleging that he has created a “toxic culture” at the LCB, one that is biased against cannabis licensees.

Anyone who has followed my writing on Washington’s cannabis industry knows I’m no friend to the LCB, and I’m never eager to defend someone who used to put people behind bars for a living, but the hit piece on Hauge did raise some pretty big red flags for me.

What’s Really Going on With Russ Hauge?






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