Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Work Session (January 14, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 14th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee work session. My top 3 takeaways: Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) staff briefed lawmakers on a history and current state of Washington’s cannabis market (video, slidedeck).Director Rick Garza guided committee members through a background of the law, its … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Bills (January 14, 2019) – “Allowing residential marijuana agriculture.”

Here are some observations about new legislation in Washington’s state legislature to legalize adult home growing of cannabis. My top takeaways: Home growing of cannabis legislation was prefiled in both chambers: HB 1131 in the House and SB 5155 in the Senate. They are “companion bills” meaning both versions are currently identical. As currently written, … Continued

Office of Governor Jay Inslee – Washington State Cannabis Summit (January 04, 2019)

Here are some observations from Governor Jay Inslee’s address on Friday January 4th at the Washington State Cannabis Summit hosted by The Cannabis Alliance. My top 3 takeaways: Governor Inslee announced the Marijuana Justice Initiative, a special pardon program for state misdemeanor cannabis convictions operated by his office (audio – 9m, video).Governor Inslee’s description of … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (January 2, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 2nd WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson provided a legislative update describing the agency’s request legislation and legislative committee assignments for the 2019 session (audio – 12m).Agency request legislation for an alcohol promoter permit; budtender training; enforcement uniformity; and … Continued

WSLCB – Special Board Caucus (January 2, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 2nd Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Special Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Two board interim policies on claims of “curative or therapeutic effects” and marijuana infused edible (MIE) homogenization were cleared for adoption after an additional review led by Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman, … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (December 19, 2018)

Here are some observations from the December 19th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB leadership discussed a new “Policy Analysis Framework” intended to strengthen the agency’s legislative and regulatory decision-making processes.Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson introduced the framework indicating it evolved from an “Appropriate Access Project” begun earlier in the … Continued

Marijuana Infused Edibles Update (December 19, 2018)

On October 3rd, staff at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) publicly announced a re-evaluation of existing and new rules regarding the approval of marijuana infused edible (MIE) products, packages, and labels (video, presentation). For context, see Cannabis Observer’s coverage: Initial update (Oct 24, 2018)The trade association coalition proposal (Oct 30, 2018)A flurry … Continued