The Board reviewed stakeholder meetings on agency rulemaking projects and considered how to on-board an economist.
On Thursday August 22nd, the agency planned to host a second listen and learn forum for the Quality Assurance (QA) Testing and Product Requirements rulemaking project.
Director Rick Garza brought up a “really good meeting” with stakeholders the day before on the Packaging and Labeling rulemaking project (PAL) where agency staff learned more from Colorado and Oregon regulators about those jurisdiction’s PAL rules. There was general agreement that Oregon had a better program.
Board Member Russ Hauge and Director Rick Garza had just attended a work group meeting on the Cannabis Penalties rulemaking project before the caucus.
On Monday August 12th, Board Member Russ Hauge attended a work group meeting on the True Party of Interest rulemaking project (TPI). His assessment was that stakeholders were “working in a good way to get some solid solutions in the rules.”
The WSLCB was open to new approaches to regulating Washington state’s cannabis supply chain besides “seed-to-sale” traceability.
The PNW gears up for Seattle HEMPFEST starting Friday through the weekend.
Agency leadership discussed the Regulators Roundtable, progress on restructuring the Enforcement Division, and preparations for the legislative session.
The Board heard a rulemaking update and public testimony on the burdens of compliance with the new packaging and labeling rules, traceability, and retail in Centralia.
The Board reviewed the Washington SunGrowers Industry Association Annual Meeting and received a cannabis rulemaking update.