WSLCB – Board Meeting (May 1, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday May 1st WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 2 takeaways: The Board adopted final revised rules for mandatory marijuana signage (audio – 4m). See Cannabis Observer’s coverage of the public hearing on the CR-102 draft rules and the preparatory discussion during the previous day’s Board Caucus. Policy and Rules … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (April 30, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday April 30th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Russ Hauge led a lengthy follow up discussion on the recent Tribal Advisory Council meeting (audio – 30m). See Cannabis Observer’s coverage of the April 24th Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) meeting. Hauge shared his general impression that … Continued

WSLCB – Tribal Advisory Council (April 24, 2019)

Here are some observations of the Wednesday April 24th WSLCB Tribal Advisory Council meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The WSLCB Tribal Advisory Council is a renewed government-to-government consultative body which is quite different from WSLCB’s industry councils and workgroups. The Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) consists of delegations from federally-recognized, sovereign tribal governments which have entered … Continued

The Week Ahead (April 29, 2019)

Hemp production is now “a legal, agricultural activity in this state.” Governor Jay Inslee signed Engrossed Second Substitute SB 5276 (E2SSB 5276) on Friday April 26th and the new law became effective immediately. Here’s a look at the week ahead. TODAY: On Monday at 1:30pm PT @ the Whitman County Courthouse, the Whitman County Commissioners … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Sine Die Approaches (April 26, 2019)

Sunday April 28th is the last day of Washington’s regular legislative session, traditionally called Sine Die. The Legislative Information Center’s “Guide to Lawmaking” describes it this way: “Sine Die is a longstanding tradition in the legislature that either occurs when both chambers are completely finished with legislative business or at midnight on the last day … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (April 23, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday April 23rd WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Chair Jane Rushford described the kickoff meeting of the agency’s Cannabis 2.0 project (audio – 31m). Rushford first publicly mentioned the Cannabis 2.0 project in late November.  Originally planned for launch in early February, the initiative was postponed … Continued

The Week Ahead (April 22, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. MONDAY: This week is it for the regular legislative session. If you’d like, you can review Cannabis Observer’s Friday morning legislative update for information that is largely current as of Monday morning – with exceptions (of course). Here’s one to watch: SB 5605, the bill to vacate misdemeanor … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Opposite House Cutoff (April 17, 2019)

Wednesday April 17th was the last day to pass bills through the opposite chamber (with exceptions). Eleven cannabis-related bills that passed the session’s house of origin cutoff remain in motion – including one bill Cannabis Observer considered inactive after the committee report cutoff. Here are some observations of the cannabis-related bills which have passed both … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (April 17, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday April 17th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board hosted a public hearing on Mandatory Marijuana Signage led by Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman (audio – 2m, video). Board Members approved filing the CR-102 at the March 6th Board Meeting. On April 17th, Hoffman presented … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (April 16, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday April 16th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Agency Director Rick Garza discussed legislative and regulatory activity (audio – 23m). At the legislature, Garza had been closely watching activity on the state budget and noted the House and Senate weren’t in agreement on the agency’s budget allocation. … Continued