Washington State House Public Safety Committee – Public Hearing (February 5, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 5th Washington State House Public Safety Committee (PS) Public Hearing for HB 1500, “Concerning misdemeanor marijuana offense convictions.” My top 3 takeaways: The Office of Program Research briefed members on HB 1500 and lawmakers shared their perspectives on the bill (audio – 3m, video). From the House Bill … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Hearing (February 4, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 4th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee (COG) afternoon meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1238, “Authorizing marijuana retailers to sell certain products and merchandise.” HB 1238 is the companion bill to SB 5201; the first public hearing for that … Continued

Washington State Senate Labor and Commerce Committee – Public Hearing (January 31, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 31st Washington State Senate Labor and Commerce Committee morning meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Committee hosted a public hearing for SB 5155, “Allowing residential marijuana agriculture.” SB 5155 is the companion bill to HB 1131; the first public hearing for that bill was in the House Commerce … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (January 29, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 29th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Chair Jane Rushford thanked Member Russ Hauge for testifying on behalf of the Board at the January 28th House Commerce and Gaming Committee Public Hearing (audio – 6m). Hauge began describing his testimony against HB 1237 and Rushford clarified … Continued

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continued