Cannabis Social Equity

Governor Inslee signed E2SHB 2870 into law opening a new chapter for Washington’s cannabis industry. Social equity in cannabis legislation, introduced by Rep. Eric Pettigrew at the request of the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) took effect June 12, 2020.



LCB has a fact sheet about the new law, which can be found here.

Future updates on the progress of social equity in cannabis will be added here.

July 29, 2020 Update

Support for Task Force
Staff support for the Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force is initially provided by the Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities. The new Office of Equity, created under separate legislation, will take on the responsibility of providing staff support to the Task Force in the future.

Agency Progress
The LCB is establishing an internal employee work group from divisions within LCB to offer a range of expertise to make sure the agency is ready for the Social Equity licensing process.




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