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Social Equity in Cannabis – Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board

Reference # K1582
Solicitation Title Social Equity in Cannabis
Commodity Code(s) 958-16, 956-05, 918-35, 918-79, 956-70

Schedule of Events:
The WSLCB reserves the right to adjust this schedule, as it deems necessary.

Solicitation Release Date: Tuesday July 26, 2022
Question and Answer Period: Questions due by: Wednesday August 3, 2022 By 2:00 p.m. PST
Preproposal Conference (optional): Wednesday August 10, 2022 11:00 a.m. PST
Answers published by: Monday August 15, 2022
Proposal Due Date: Friday August 26, 2022 By 2:00 p.m. PST
Evaluation Period: Monday August 29, 2022 – Friday September 2, 2022
Oral interviews (if required): Wednesday September 7, 2022 – Thursday September 8, 2022
Projected Announcement of Apparent Successful Bidder: Friday September 9, 2022
Projected Contract Start Date: Friday September 30, 2022
Solicitation Method: Request for Proposal

Notification of changes to the procurement schedule prior to the response due date and time will be sent electronically to all properly registered users of Washington’s Electronic Business Solution (WEBS) who downloaded this solicitation from WEBS. Changes to the procurement schedule after the response due date and time may be communicated to all Bidders reflecting the change. All documentations related to this solicitation are available on WEBS.

Description Of Opportunity:  
The purpose of this solicitation is to result in a contract with a qualified vendor to provide a detailed and auditable process of selecting potential cannabis licensees to participate in the Social Equity license lottery.

Portion of the Scope of Work

Contractor shall conduct a fair, impartial review of cannabis retail applications for the Social Equity Program to:

  • Determine eligibility for Social Equity License applications
  • Ensure that applicants (persons and entities) are identified in only one application
  • Identify the preferred jurisdiction selected by the applicant. Each applicant may select only one jurisdiction
  • Determine the applicant’s rank by preferred jurisdiction using a scoring rubric provided by the WSLCB
  • Request and obtain necessary supplemental application materials from the applicant
  • Verify information provided by the applicant
  • Identify current title certificate holders for retail cannabis and inform the WSLCB whether they meet the minimum requirements for a social equity applicant
  • Provide information for applicant workshops
  • Provide translation services for applicants for whom English is not their primary language (the majority of these LCB applicants speak Spanish, Korean, and Russian)
  • Provide testimony in administrative and superior court hearings, at the request of the WSLCB

Contact Name: Wil McGill
Contact Phone: (360) 664-1655 
Contact Email: lcbbids@lcb.wa.gov 

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