WSLCB - Board Caucus (April 28, 2020)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday April 28th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Policy and Rules Manager Kathy Hoffman provided a glimpse of renewed progress on stalled rulemaking projects, expiring emergency rules, and newer legislatively-directed projects. The meeting was held by phone in accordance with temporary … Continued

WSLCB - Board Caucus (April 14, 2020)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday April 14th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Director Rick Garza provided a lengthy look back on WSLCB’s operational activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and offered hints about what lay ahead for the agency and the State. Continuing the … Continued

WA Governor - Bill Action (April 3, 2020)

Here are some observations from the Friday April 3rd Washington State Office of the Governor (WA Governor) Bill Action during which the Governor announced the partial veto of SB 6168 before signing the supplemental operating budget. My top 3 takeaways: Governor Jay Inslee made significant vetoes to Washington’s supplemental operating budget targeting new spending in … Continued

WSLCB - Special Board Meeting (April 6, 2020)

Here are some observations from the Monday April 6th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Special Board Meeting. My top takeaway: The Board considered and approved emergency rulemaking claiming a specific authority to suspend licenses to enforce Governor’s Proclamations. Though taken in relation to the COVID situation and oriented towards alcohol, tobacco, and vapor … Continued

WSDA - Webinar - Hemp THC Testing RFQQ (March 31, 2020)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday March 31st Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) preproposal conference for cannabis testing laboratories interested in applying to contract with the Department for analysis of hemp. My top 4 takeaways: A Request for Qualifications and Quotations (RFQQ) was issued by WSDA on Friday March 27th to solicit cannabis … Continued

WA Governor - Bill Action (March 31, 2020)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday March 31st Washington State Office of the Governor (WA Governor) Bill Action. My top 3 takeaways: Governor Jay Inslee signed the WSLCB’s cannabis social equity legislation, HB 2870 - “Allowing additional marijuana retail licenses for social equity purposes.” Maintaining his socially distant bill signings, Inslee offered remarks and … Continued

WSLCB - Special Board Meeting (March 27, 2020)

Here are some observations from the Friday March 27th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Special Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The irregular meeting incorporated temporary restrictions on the State’s Open Public Meetings Act intended to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Many things have been changed subsequent to the confirmation of … Continued

WA Governor - Bill Action (March 25, 2020)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday March 25th Washington State Office of the Governor (WA Governor) Bill Action. My top 3 takeaways: The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic led to a shelter-in-place "Stay Home - Stay Healthy Order" from Governor Jay Inslee which dramatically impacted state activities including cannabis regulation and Inslee’s bill signing ceremonies. Confirmed … Continued

WA Legislature - Conference Committee Meeting - SB 6168 (March 11, 2020)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday March 11th Washington Legislature conference committee meeting for SB 6168, the supplemental operating budget bill. This meeting signified the achievement of a budget compromise between the three senators and three representatives appointed to broker an agreement between chambers, if not parties. Within the expansive 571 page operating budget, … Continued

SBOH - Board Meeting (March 11, 2020)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday March 11th Washington State Board of Health (SBOH) Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The SBOH hosted their board meeting online rather than in-person while providing a physical location to accept public testimony to meet the obligations of the Open Public Meetings Act in a time of coronavirus. … Continued