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Washington Extends Relaxed Restrictions for Minors on Premises

The provision only affects licensed cannabis producers and processors.

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When the global pandemic shut down schools across the United States, it presented new challenges for working parents who needed to be on the job but had few options for childcare. As a result, Washington's Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) relaxed laws that restricted minors from being on the premises of licensed wholesale cannabis producers and processors.

The LCB today extended the allowance, which was set to expire on September 30, 2022. As a result, minors can be onsite at licensed cannabis producers and processors through December 31, 2022, but the rules' strict guidelines remain in effect. 

According to state law, no one under 21 can work for — or even be on the premises — of cannabis-licensed businesses. 

The LCB won't enforce the provision for families who have children under the age of 16 on the premises as long as the child isn't working, doesn't hold any products associated with cannabis production, processing or sales and is a child or grandchild of the licensee.

The advisement doesn't include retail locations or transportation vehicles.

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