WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (April 11, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Thursday April 11th WSLCB Traceability Advisory Committee meeting. The committee has been meeting since January 2017 and is currently composed of staff from WSLCB, MJ Freeway (the State’s traceability software vendor), the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), a project quality assurance vendor, and industry representatives. The committee … Continued

The Week Ahead (April 15, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. WEDNESDAY is the 94th day of the first and longer session of the 2019-2020 biennium. At 5pm PT on Wednesday, we’ll pass the penultimate cutoff deadline on the last day to consider opposite house bills. Cannabis Observer expects to witness significant legislative floor activity over the next three … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Committee Report Cutoff (April 9, 2019)

Tuesday April 9th was the last day to read in committee reports on bills from the opposite chamber. Of the twelve cannabis-related bills that passed the session’s house of origin cutoff, eleven bills remain in motion. WSLCB Enforcement Restructuring (SB 5318). Engrossed Substitute SB 5318 (ESSB 5318) was passed by the full Senate on March … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (April 3, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday April 3rd WSLCB Executive Management Team (EMT) public meeting. This week’s Board Caucus and EMT meeting were canceled. My top 3 takeaways: Enforcement Chief Justin Nordhorn confirmed the agency’s position against advertising of cannabis products and trade names in and around public parks (audio – 3m). Nordhorn said, … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Cannabis Bill Activity (April 1-2, 2019)

Here are some observations of two cannabis bills still moving in the Washington State Legislature and a curious public hearing about a curious bill which was not heard to consider moving the bill. My top 3 takeaways: On Monday April 1st, the House Public Safety Committee hosted an executive session on SB 5605, “Concerning misdemeanor … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Cannabis Bill Activity (March 28 – April 2, 2019)

Here are some observations of cannabis bills still moving in the Washington State Legislature. My top 3 takeaways: This week, the Senate Law and Justice Committee hosted a public hearing and executive session for HB 1792, “Concerning criminal penalties applicable to licensed marijuana retailers and employees of marijuana retail outlets.” See details on the bill’s … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Cannabis Bill Activity (March 25-28, 2019)

Here are some observations of Washington State Legislature public meetings from Monday March 25th through Thursday March 28th. My top 3 takeaways: The House Commerce and Gaming Committee hosted a public hearing and executive session for SB 5276, “Concerning hemp production,” which saw the bill amended and passed. SB 5276 was granted a public hearing … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Cannabis Bill Activity (March 25-26, 2019)

Here are some observations from Monday March 25th and Tuesday March 26th Washington State Legislature public meetings. My top 3 takeaways: The House Public Safety Committee hosted a public hearing for SB 5605, “Concerning misdemeanor marijuana offense convictions.” See details on the Senate policy committee public hearing and executive session, and the Senate fiscal committee … Continued