By: Sam Mendez, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) may be facing some significant changes if two bills currently making their way through the state legislature become law. In the State House, HB 1237 has passed out of the House Committee on Commerce & Gaming and has been referred…
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