The Week Ahead
(April 13, 2020)

The WSLCB was once again poised to cancel its public meetings for the week while the Department of Ecology’s Cannabis Science Task Force prepared to meet via webinar.

Here’s a look at cannabis-related policymaking events on Cannabis Observer’s calendars in the week ahead.

Tuesday April 14th

On Tuesday at 10am PT, the weekly Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Board Caucus was scheduled to recur.

Wednesday April 15th

On Wednesday at 10am PT, the bi-weekly WSLCB Board Meeting was scheduled to recur.

On Wednesday at 1:30pm PT, the three-member Board and agency leadership were scheduled to convene their weekly WSLCB Executive Management Team (EMT) meeting.

Thursday April 16th

On Thursday at 9am PT, the Department of Ecology (DOE) Cannabis Science Task Force (CSTF) Steering Committee planned to host its scheduled meeting through existing webinar infrastructure utilized since the inception of the Committee.

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  • The Cannabis Science Task Force Steering Committee is the leadership committee affecting the transition of responsibility for cannabis testing lab accreditation from the WSLCB to the DOE. In the absence of federal guidance, the Committee is also helping bolster cannabis testing lab standards.
  • The CSTF Steering Committee last convened on March 27th.
    • The Committee reviewed progress on the CSTF’s first report due to the Legislature on July 1st.
    • The new Potency Work Group, led by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), announced its initial membership.
    • The new Heavy Metals Work Group, led by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), was having trouble getting started. Medical Marijuana Program Operational Manager Shelly Rowden said “right now we don't have anything figured out" as the Department had not had capacity to make internal decisions about who would lead the work group due to re-allocation of resources towards the State’s COVID-19 response, it was claimed.
      • The Department opened a CR-101 on February 25th to review the Medical Marijuana Consultant Training Certification Program after more than one year of persistentefforts by John Kingsbury, but action on the rulemaking project had been similarly deferred. During the CR-101 period, interested parties may send comments to suggesting changes to WAC 246-72 as “The department will consider amendments that could provide clarification of a certified consultant's practice parameters, quality indicators that will promote necessary prevention messages, and additional training topics that should be offered by a state approved certified consultant training program.”