Washington State Legislature – Cannabis Bill Activity (March 18-21, 2019)

Here are some observations from several Washington State Legislature committee public meetings during the week of March 18-21, 2019 – and a glimpse of the week ahead. My top 3 takeaways: The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee hosted public hearings on two cannabis bills: HB 1794 (intellectual property) and HB 2052 (testing lab accreditation).HB 1794 … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (March 20, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday March 20th WSLCB Board Meeting. At 3.5 minutes, this was the shortest duration Board Meeting Cannabis Observer has witnessed and the current Board can recall. While there was one takeaway worth noting, we’ve included an update on the Quality Assurance Testing and Product Requirements open rulemaking and link … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (March 19, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday March 19th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Ollie Garrett initiated discussion about legislation relevant to the agency and related media coverage (audio – 11m).Noting the failure of the agency’s request legislation to establish a mandatory budtender permit (HB 1370 / SB 5678), Garrett asked … Continued

Washington State Senate – Bills (March 18, 2019) – SB 5985 – “Concerning provisions impacting marijuana business licensees.”

Here are some observations about a new cannabis bill, SB 5985. This unusual bill was introduced on March 14th—the day after the house of origin cutoff—and attempts to revive parts of particular cannabis bills which were not moved by the usual means. My top 3 takeaways: SB 5985 may be designated necessary to implement the … Continued

Washington State Legislature – House of Origin Cutoff (March 13, 2019)

A critical deadline was passed on Wednesday March 13th: bills not passed by the chamber in which they were introduced cannot move further this year in their original form. Legislation which has made it past the cutoff will be considered in the other chamber. Only twelve out of fifty cannabis-related bills tracked by Cannabis Observer … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (March 6, 2019)

Here are some observations from the March 6th WSLCB Executive Management Team (EMT) public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Director Rick Garza discussed the agency’s response to the Enforcement restructuring bills, SB 5318 and HB 1237 (audio – 15m).Garza indicated that for the last month he had sought to understand legislation seeking to dramatically … Continued

Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency – Board Meeting (March 7, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Thursday March 7th Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency (SRCAA) Board meeting. This meeting of the SRCAA Board of Directors included a public hearing regarding the imposition of annual registration fees on licensed producers and processors within Spokane County. Cannabis Observer extends our thanks to Kevin Oliver of Washington’s Finest … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (March 6, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday March 6th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board approved the CR-102 for rulemaking on Mandatory Marijuana Signage following a presentation from Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman (audio – 4m).Hoffman had prepared the Board to approve her request to file the CR-102 during the prior … Continued