Cannabis Observer creates outstanding information about cannabis policymaking in Washington state for stakeholders, the public, and policymakers themselves. We empower constituents towards better engagement; improve policy evolution and compliance outcomes; and save everyone valuable time and money. In the process, we've prototyped a new model for community-supported citizen observation of governing processes which can be applied to any policy vertical at all levels of government.
Governing processes are complex, continuous, and ever changing. Staying informed costs time and money for governed communities and other stakeholders, and can't be their primary focus.
Policymakers must devote resources to keep governed communities informed and relationships healthy. Outcomes are improved when well-informed and engaged citizens help direct policy evolution.
Gaps---sometimes quite large---exist between policymakers and citizens. Cannabis Observer fills that gap for cannabis policy in Washington state with dedicated focus which enables us to surface ever more public information into condensed and contextualized content for busy audiences.
Cannabis Observer began by consistently attending every public meeting of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB), the primary adult-use cannabis regulatory authority in Washington state. Our coverage has expanded to include the Washington State Legislature and other regulatory bodies in the state. We publish on our website and our email list as well as social and community channels.