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Home grown: WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board presents 3 options for “home grows”

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On Nov 29, the LCB released the results from a new study to assess the feasibility of allowing WA state residents to cultivate and grow their own personal cannabis. I’m 100% in support of allowing “home grows” and look forward to the day I can grow my own personal stash and establish my own line of genetics.

More details from LCB here: https://lcb.wa.gov/marj/homegrow-study

Direct link to download the report [PDF]: https://lcb.wa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/WSLCB%20Home%20Grows%20Study%20Report%20FINAL.PDF

After a VERY quick scan, here are my initial takeaways.

TL:DR: LCB presented 3 options to the state legislature to consider regarding home grows:

  1. State control — LCB enforcement/oversight
  2. Local control — LCB writes rules/statues, local city/county enforcement/oversight
  3. Prohibit recreational home grows.

This report now goes to the state legislature for consideration. Bottom line: It’s going to cost a lot of $$$$ to enforce any kind of home grow system to be able to stand up to the Cole memo. Option #1 is likely to put an additional strain (and cost burden) on LCB, likely requiring additional state funding sources/taxes). Option #2 would present the same challenges to local city/county authorities tasked with enforcement if Option 2 is chosen. Option 3 would be a huge disappointment.

Here is the text of the three options. The full report contains a LOT more detail and I suggest you read the full 15 pages. If you have an opinion on this and want to make your voice heard, I highly suggest you contact the LCB and your local state legislators and share your thoughts.

LCB Contact info: https://lcb.wa.gov/contact

WA State Legislator Contact info: https://app.leg.wa.gov/memberemail/


PS – To the cannabis industry IG fam…maybe take a minute and instead of spending it trying to capture that perfect selfie or dab shot to post on Instagram, and instead, find out who your state / city /county officials are and let them know what you think. Just a suggestion from an OG.

Three Options presented below by LCB in their report/study released Nov 29, 2017:

Option 1 – Tightly Regulated Recreational Home Grows – State Framework

  • Allow recreational home grows under a strict state regulatory framework that requires a permit and tracking of plants throughout the state, with enforcement jurisdiction shared between the WSLCB and local authorities.
  • Absent a permit, growing marijuana for any purpose is illegal other than already legally sanctioned medical marijuana home growing.
  • Require tracking of all plants in the traceability system to help prevent diversion.
  • Limit of no more than four plants per household.
  • Include a statutory provision that allows law enforcement to seize and destroy all plants possessed by a person if the person has more plants than the law allows.
  • Include a statutory provision to allow recreational growers to acquire plants from licensed producers so long as the person possesses a valid permit.
  • Include requirements for security, preventing youth access, preventing diversion, etc.
  • Include the same restrictions that apply to medical marijuana patients on processing marijuana in recreational home grows (no extraction with combustible materials. See WAC 314‐55‐430).

Option 2 – State Statute Framework, Local Authority Recreational Home Grows

  • Allow recreational home grows under a regulatory framework based on statewide standards set in statute, but authorized, controlled, and enforced by local jurisdictions (counties, cities).
  • Include statutory requirements for security, preventing youth access, preventing diversion, etc.
  • Require a permit to possess plants. Absent a permit, growing marijuana for any purpose is illegal other than already legally sanctioned medical marijuana home grows.
  • Limit of no more than four plants per household.
  • Include a statutory provision to allow recreational growers to acquire plants from licensed producers so long as the person possesses a valid permit.
  • Include a statutory provision that allows law enforcement to seize and destroy all plants possessed by a person if the person has more plants than the law allows.
  • Include the same restrictions that apply to medical marijuana patients on processing marijuana in recreational home grows (no extraction with combustible materials. See WAC 314‐55‐430).
  • Allow local jurisdictions to “opt‐in” for or “opt‐out” of allowing recreational home grows.

Option 3 – Prohibit Recreational Home Grows

  • Do not allow recreational home grows. Maintain current status.
  • A regulated system is in place and widely available throughout the state.
  • Home grows for medical purposes, including cooperatives, are currently allowed under state law.
  • Allowing recreational home grows may provide a cover for the illicit market. This has been seen in other states that permit home grows for both medical and recreational purposes.
  • Recreational home grows may contribute to diversion, youth access, etc.; primary considerations under the guidelines set in the Cole Memo.

Questions for MJ Freeway – demo scheduled for next week

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My request to MJ Freeway for a demo/overview was very well attended to. Within an hour or two, I received a phone call (went to voicemail as I was busy at the time) and also a follow up email with a personal offer to assist with my inquiries and questions and to setup a demo. This is encouraging. I think they may have even visited my blog and done a little digging on me. Hmmm. OK.

I have a call/demo setup next week and will ask some very important questions, mostly on the technical / software side of things. Here are a few of the items I would like to learn more about:

  1. Security – what have you done to address the security breach and how have you addressed the concerns of your customers.
  2. Robustness – deep dive on underlying framework and architecture
  3. Speed & Performance – how well does the app perform (with all available bells and whistles). e.g. how long to print, label, scan, and record data on a lot with 100 units.
  4. Architecture – hosted?, cloud? on site?
  5. Ease of Use – end user, manager, developer, LOB, etc.
  6. Openness / Integration – with 3rd party apps/services – Greenbits support? Weedtraqr support? Mr Kracken? – will MJ Freeway work with other commercial software built on top of biotrack?
  7. APIs – full feature parity? API updates? When? How? To whom? REST? JSON?
  8. Cost to business owners – how do existing investments in hardware and software to support compliance and traceability translate over to the MJ Freeway system.
  9. Software development methodology – agile? Release cycle? Next release plans? Features added? Features in queue? Size of dev team?
  10. Consulting – why needed if solution is “turn key”? What is a typical engagement? What are the rates? Who is this for?
  11. Number of customers? Largest deployment? Biggest project to date?
  12. Reference Customers – who can I go talk to that is an active (and sizeable) MJ Freeway customer?
  13. Corporate – history, growth, revenue, debt, legal, etc?

Hey i502 industry folks, what do you want to know about MJ Freeway, the current Apparent Selected Vendor to replace Biotrack for the state traceability system for Recreational Marijuana? Post your questions and/or concerns here and I’ll take it to the folks I’m meeting with next week.



Franwell pulls bid to replace Biotrack for WA State i502 Recreational Cannabis Traceability System

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Well, it looks like enough people spoke up to the LCB and they listened. I received the following Email from LCB yesterday regarding Franwell and their decision to pull the bid for the contract to replace Biotrack.


After spending 15 years in the Enterprise software space, I was involved in a number of large scale integration, migration, upgrade, and “rip and replace” style software development projects. These projects are costly, messy, and never go according to plan.

Why is LCB in such a rush to implement a new system by October? If this mandate stands, there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY TO IMPLEMENT A ROBUST SOLUTION for a project at this scale. Especially one that aspires to do a full rip and replace with a standard, dev/test/release cycle in between. These types of projects take 18-24 months at best, let alone 4 months.

4 month dev cycle. With a government project?

Text from letter from LCB:


Attention Licensees: The below message was sent yesterday by Deputy Director Peter Antolin to licensees who had written to the Board and staff regarding the marijuana traceability Apparent Successful Vendor and RFID tags.

June 7, 2017

On behalf of the Liquor and Cannabis Board, thank you for writing recently to express your concerns about the change in vendors for the state traceability system and specifically RFID tags.

RFID Not Required
The WSLCB will not require RFID as part of the marijuana traceability project. Our Request for Proposal (RFP) was clear that the marijuana seed-to-sale traceability system must support a variety of tagging methodologies such as bar codes, RFID, etc. The RFP requirements did not allow a vendor to make any assumptions regarding use of a single tagging methodology or allow vendors to include any such costs affecting the state or our licensees in their proposal. In addition, unique plant and inventory identification numbers will be centrally created, maintained, and made available to third-party software systems via the API. Licensees will also be able to print their own labels.

Traceability Advisory Group
As the WSLCB prepared the RFP, we engaged representatives of the major industry trade organizations. We held several meetings together to gather input and clearly communicate our intentions. At the most recent meeting held June 6, we again asked that the representatives of the Traceability Advisory Group communicate with their members about this important point.

Change in Apparent Successful Vendor
As we have indicated, the Apparent Successful Vendor (ASV) was not final until contract negotiations were complete and a contract was signed. Earlier today, the initial ASV, Franwell, withdrew its proposal for Washington State. An ASV is the procurement term used for the highest scoring, responsive vendor.

We are pleased to notify you that the second place bidder also submitted a strong bid and has accepted our choice to be the new ASV. MJ Freeway is the new ASV. We will soon schedule a product demonstration with our Traceability Advisory Group and begin contract negotiations quickly to get this project implemented.

This project is on a tight timeline. The new traceability system must be in place Oct. 31, 2017. We are taking the necessary steps now to ensure a smooth transition from the current system to the new one.

Thank you again for writing the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Brian E. Smith
Communications Director
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board


LCB dumps BioTrackTHC for Franwell for state Traceability System

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Nah nah nah nah,

nah nah nah nah,

hey hey hey,

goodbye…. BiotrackTHC

The day could not come fast enough. Today, the WSLCB announced the selection of technology company Franwell as the Apparent Successful Vendor (ASV) to replace the existing Biotrack seed-to-sale traceability system in Washington State.

I can’t believe they plan to migrate to an entirely new system/framework by October 2017. I don’t see how this can be done given my background and experience working in the enterprise software space, especially when dealing with government agencies and projects. I hope Franwell has some ninjas on their team because they are going to need some serious SQL coders to port from the underlying Biotrack data model. Unless they already have a migration tool/util already built.

Need to go check into these guys ASAP. I really hope they are better. I have a ton of questions on how deep they are going to go to rip Biotrack out. Could potentially affect ALL of my data mining stuff. #buhbye#biocrapthc #goodriddance#worstdatabaseever #lcb #slcb #i502

Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Seizes CBD products from legal marijuana shops.

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Alaska Marijuana Control Board raids marijuana shops for CBD products.

UPDATE: 2/10/2017 @ 11:47PM PDT: I just learned that the shops that were raided purchased CBD products from out of state that had no test results and were selling them under the regulated system, which is against the MCB regulations. These were isolated incidents pursued by the enforcement division of MCB. There is NO statewide ban on CBD products in legal marijuana shops. That being said, the fact that health food shops can sell CBD products purchased from out of state but Marijuana shops can’t seems illogical, and again, a double standard.  While this is a relief, there will most certainly be more issues and action with respect to CBD products and how/where you can purchase them legally.

What a bunch of BS. Time to make some phone calls to my contacts up north. I agree that all cannabis-derived CBD products should go through the same scrutiny and testing as everything else, but to single out Marijuana businesses selling CBD, while allowing it to be sold in health food stores is complete bullshit.

News Source: https://www.adn.com/alaska-marijuana/2017/02/09/state-seizes-cbd-products-from-marijuana-stores/

Here are some contacts you can reach out to and voice your opinion:

Alaska Alchohol and Marijuana Control Board Web site: https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/amco/home.aspx

Email: You can email the MCB at the following email address. NOTE: all emails will become part of the public record. marijuana@alaska.gov 

Marijuana Control Board Members – https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/amco/MCBMembers.aspx

Each of the members below can be reached via the main phone line (ask operator to connect or lookup in directory) –

Phone: (907) 269-0350. The only option I found where I could leave a voicemail was for the administrative office at Option 7. I left a voicemail asking for the email and phone contact information for the board members below. I will update this post if/when I get this information.

Position Name Type Location
Chair Man Peter Mlynarik Public Safety Soldotna
Member Mark Springer Rural Public Bethel
Member Loren Jones Public Health Juneau
Member Brandon Emmett Industry Fairbanks
Member Nicholas Miller Industry Anchorage

Office locations:

1648 Cushman St., Suite 203
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone (907) 451-2748
Amanda Stonecipher, Investigator III

State Office Building, 9th floor
333 Willoughby Ave
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone (907) 465-2330
Steven Johnson, Investigator III

550 West 7th Ave, Suite 1600
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone (907) 269-0350

Office Hours:
Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Closed over Lunch Hour 12-1
Closed Sat. – Sun.
and all State Holidays.

Cannabis industry folks, don’t sit back and let the uneducated make questionable legal decisions without being properly informed and educated on the issue at hand. Please take some time to contact the folks above and give them your opinion on CBD-related products.

BDE -∞+