Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Hearing (January 28, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 28th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee public hearing. My top 3 takeaways: The Committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1237, “Reforming the compliance and enforcement provisions for marijuana licensees.”Committee Counsel Peter Clodfelter walked committee members through the legislation (audio – 2m, video). From the House … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (January 23, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 23rd WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Marijuana Examiners Manager Kendra Hodgson delivered a summary of the Canopy Team’s findings from the first year of surveys and led thirty minutes of discussion with agency leadership (audio – 37m).The Canopy Team report remains in draft … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (January 23, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 23rd WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board delayed action on rulemaking regarding changes to mandatory marijuana signage (audio – 1m, video).The CR-102 to update the signs licensees must post on licensed premises had been scheduled for approval but was postponed. As recently as the previous … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (January 22, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 22nd Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Board Caucus. My top 4 takeaways: Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman presented the Board with a draft response to a letter from legislators regarding a bill which would restructure the WSLCB’s penalty system (audio – 9m).The letter, dated January … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Hearing (January 21, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 21st Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee public hearing for the home grow bill. My top 3 takeaways: Committee staff outlined HB 1131, an act relating to residential marijuana agriculture, and Representative Brian Blake, the bill sponsor, offered brief remarks to his fellow Committee members.Washington State House … Continued

WSLCB – Cannabis Advisory Council (January 16, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 16th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Cannabis Advisory Council meeting. The Cannabis Advisory Council (CAC) was formed in March 2017 by the WSLCB to engage industry, consumer group, and tribal stakeholders regarding cannabis policy. Originally structured as a quarterly meeting, the Council met twice in 2017 … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (January 15, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 15th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Members reviewed their experiences during the agency trip to Spokane earlier this month.Members were broadly complimentary of the facts and opinions shared with them at the board meeting in Spokane on January 9th. Board Chair Jane Rushford planned to … Continued

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