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WAC 314-55-096

Vendor, educational, and internal quality control samples.

(1) Vendor samples: Producers or processors may provide free samples of useable marijuana, marijuana-infused products, and marijuana concentrates to negotiate a sale on product the retail licensee does not currently carry. All vendor sample limits are based on calendar months. The producer or processor must record the amount of each vendor sample and the processor or retailer receiving the sample in the traceability system. The outgoing sample must be clearly labeled as a "vendor sample" to negotiate a sale and recorded on a transport manifest. The receiving licensee must receive the vendor sample in the traceability system prior to sampling.
(a) Vendor samples may only be given to and used by licensees or employees of licensees who have product ordering authority or employees who provide input on product to licensees or employees of licensees who have purchasing authority to inform purchasing decisions as detailed in a written business policy.
(b) Producers may not provide any one licensed processor more than eight grams of marijuana flower per month free of charge for the purpose of negotiating a sale.
(c) Processors may not provide any one licensed retailer more than eight grams of useable marijuana per month free of charge for the purpose of negotiating a sale.
(d) Processors may not provide any one licensed retailer more than eight units of marijuana-infused products in solid form meant to be ingested orally or otherwise taken into the body per month free of charge for the purpose of negotiating a sale. No single unit may exceed 10 mg of THC.
(e) Processors may not provide any one licensed retailer more than eight units of marijuana-infused product in liquid form meant to be eaten, swallowed, or otherwise taken into the body per month free of charge for the purpose of negotiating a sale. No single unit may exceed 10 mg of THC.
(f) Processors may not provide any one licensed retailer more than eight units of marijuana-infused products meant to be applied topically per month free of charge for the purpose of negotiating a sale.
(g) Processors may not provide any one licensed retailer more than two units of marijuana-infused extract meant for inhalation or infused marijuana mix per month free of charge for the purpose of negotiating a sale. No single unit may exceed 0.5 g.
(h) A marijuana producer must make quality assurance test results available to any processor receiving samples to negotiate a sale. The producer must also provide a statement that discloses all pesticides applied to the marijuana plants and growing medium during production.
(i) A marijuana processor must make quality assurance test results available to any retailer receiving samples to negotiate a sale. If a marijuana extract was added to the product, the processors must disclose the type of extraction process and any solvent, gas, or other chemical used in the extraction process, or any other compound added to the extract.
(j) Vendor sample labeling: All vendor samples must be clearly labeled as a vendor sample and meet all labeling requirements of the product to be sampled.
(i) The unique identifier number generated by the traceability system;
(ii) The UBI number of the licensed entity providing the sample; and
(iii) Weight of the product in ounces and grams or volume as applicable.
(2) Education sampling. Processors may provide free samples of useable marijuana, marijuana-infused products, and marijuana concentrates to retail licensees to give to the licensee's employees for educational purposes. Products being sampled must be carried by the licensed retailer. The processor must record the amount of each sample and the retailer receiving the sample in the traceability system. The outgoing sample must be clearly labeled as "education sample" and recorded on a transport manifest. Once the retailer receives the sample, the retailer must accept the sample in the traceability system prior to distributing samples to the retailer's employees. All employees at a licensed retail location who receive educational samples must be entered into the traceability system for the purpose of distributing education samples.
(a) Retailers are restricted to receiving a maximum of one hundred sample units per calendar month. No more than ten sample units may be provided to any one employee per calendar month.
(b) The maximum size of education samples are:
(i) Useable marijuana, marijuana mix, and infused marijuana mix – One unit not to exceed 0.5 g.
(ii) Marijuana infused solid or liquid product meant to be ingested orally or otherwise taken into the body – One unit not to exceed 10 mg THC.
(iii) Marijuana-infused extract for inhalation – One unit not to exceed 0.25 g.
(iv) Marijuana-infused products for topical application - One unit not to exceed sixteen ounces.
(c) Distribution and consumption of all educational samples is limited to retail employees who directly sell product to retail customers. Retail employees who are not involved in direct sales to customers are not eligible for education samples.
(d) Marijuana retail licensees are prohibited from providing educational samples to their employees as a form of compensation.
(e) A marijuana processor must make quality assurance test results available to any retailer receiving education samples. If a marijuana extract was added to the product, the processors must disclose the type of extraction process and any solvent, gas, or other chemical used in the extraction process, or any other compound added to the extract.
(f) Education sample labeling: All education samples must be clearly labeled "education sample" and include the following information on the label:
(i) The unique identifier number generated by the traceability system;
(ii) The UBI number and trade name of the licensed entity providing the sample;
(iii) Product name or strain name for useable marijuana;
(iv) Weight of the product in ounces and grams or volume as applicable; and
(v) Potency labeled as required under WAC 314-55-105.
(3) A marijuana processor is not required to provide free samples to negotiate a sale or educational samples to a marijuana retail licensee, and a marijuana retail licensee may not require a marijuana processor to provide free sample to negotiate a sale or educational samples as a condition for purchasing the marijuana processor's products.
(4) Internal quality control sampling: Producers and processors may conduct limited self-sampling for quality control. All sample limits are based on calendar months. Consuming samples for quality control may not take place at a licensed premises. Only the producer, processor, or employees of the licensee may sample the marijuana flower, useable marijuana, marijuana-infused products, marijuana concentrates, and edible marijuana-infused product. The producer or processor must record the amount of each sample and the employee(s) conducting the sampling in the traceability system.
(a) Producers may sample two grams of marijuana flower per strain, per month for quality sampling.
(b) Processors may sample one unit per batch of a new marijuana-infused product meant to be ingested orally or otherwise taken into the body to be offered for sale on the market.
(c) Processors may sample up to one unit per batch of a new marijuana-infused extract for inhalation to be offered for sale on the market. No single sample may exceed 0.5 g.
(d) Processors may sample one unit per batch of a new marijuana mix packaged to be offered for sale on the market. No single sample may exceed 1 g.
(e) Processors may sample one unit per batch of a new infused marijuana mix to be offered for sale on the market. No sample may exceed 0.5 g.
(f) Processors may sample one unit per batch of a new marijuana-infused product for topical application to be offered for sale on the market. No sample may exceed sixteen ounces.
(5) Retailers may not provide free samples to customers.
(6) Sample jars:
(a) A processor may provide a retailer free samples of useable marijuana packaged in a sample jar protected by a plastic or metal mesh screen to allow customers to smell the product before purchase. The sample jar may not contain more than three and one-half grams of useable marijuana. The plastic or metal mesh screen must be sealed onto the container, and must be free of rips, tears, or holes greater than 2 mm in diameter. The sample jar and the useable marijuana within may not be sold to a customer and must be returned to the licensed processor who provided the useable marijuana and sample jar.
(b) Sample jar labeling: All sample jars must be labeled with the following:
(i) The unique identifier number generated by the traceability system;
(ii) Information identifying whether it is a vendor sample or sample jar;
(iii) The UBI number of the licensed entity providing the sample; and
(iv) Weight of the product in ounces and grams or volume as applicable.
(c) A marijuana processor must make quality assurance test results available to any retailer receiving sample jars. The processor must also provide a statement that discloses all pesticides applied to the marijuana plants and growing medium during production.
(d) If a marijuana extract was added to the product, the processor must disclose to the retailer the type of extraction process and any solvent, gas, or other chemical used in the extraction process, or any other compound added to the extract.
(7) Transportation. Outgoing and return vendor samples and sample jars must adhere to the transportation requirements in WAC 314-55-085.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.342, 69.50.345, and 69.50.369. WSR 18-22-055, § 314-55-096, filed 10/31/18, effective 12/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-096, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16.]
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