Policy Statements are agency-level documents declaring plans or intentions of an agency. Policies are different from procedures, standard operating procedures, or guidance because they apply to the entire organization and are primarily intended to set direction. In contrast, procedures or guidelines typically include specific instructions used to accomplish defined tasks that may be described in a policy.
Agencies are encouraged to advise the public of its current opinions, approaches, and likely courses of action by means of policy statements as described in RCW 34.05.230. Whenever an agency issues an interpretive or policy statement, it must submit a statement to the Washington State Code Reviser that describes the subject matter of the interpretive statement and includes the name of the person from whom a copy of the interpretive statement can be obtained. WSLCB has the discretion to amend, rescind or convert an interpretive statement.
Interested in asking that the agency convert a policy statement into rule? Please submit a petition to request conversion to InterpretiveStatement@lcb.wa.gov. Upon submission, the WSLCB will contact the Joint Administrative Rules Review Committee (JAARC) that the petition has been received. Within sixty days, WSLCB will make a decision about whether or not to initiate rule-making. If you do not agree with WSLCB’s decision, you may contact JAARC directly for next steps.
Policy statements are different from Board Interim Policies.
Current Policy Statements:
(Listing these as they are filed with the Code Reviser)
Policy Statement Number PS21-05 – False or Misleading Statements Concerning Marijuana [Cannabis] Infused Products (Effective September 30, 2021)
Policy Statement Number PS21-04 – Structure or Function Claims Concerning Marijuana [Cannabis] Infused Products (Effective September 14, 2021)
Policy Statement Number PS21-03 – Title Certificates for Cannabis Retail Licenses (Effective July 7, 2021)
Policy Statement Number PS21-02 – Giveaways at Licensed Cannabis Retail Stores (Effective June 18, 2021)
Policy Statement Number PS21-01 – Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compounds other than delta-9 and the conversion of CBD, hemp, or both to delta- 8 THC, delta-9 THC, or any other cannabis compound that is not currently identified or defined in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), or both (Effective April 28, 2021)