The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) voted on Wednesday, March 29, approving an emergency rule proposal to extend the application window for social equity in cannabis (SEIC) retail licenses. The application window has been extended from March 30, 2023, to 5:00 p.m. April 27, 2023. The rule will have the effect of amending the “30-day” application window language contained in WAC 314-55-570(3)(a), (b), and (c).
The WSLCB said in its release announcing the vote last week, that the Secretary of State’s office is backlogged processing business entity applications. The backlogs have limited the state’s ability to timely process new business entity applications of SEIC applicants.
This is sure to be a relief for many who have made timely efforts to apply for the SEIC license, and who would not have been able to apply with the prerequisite business entity information but for the state’s backlog issues. Hopefully, the extended window affords enough time for all deserving candidates to apply.
To read more about Washington’s SEIC program, check out the following posts: