The Week Ahead
(July 8, 2024)

Plague Doctor - Cannabis

Concerns about youth substance use and high THC products predominated agendas at multiple agencies, but perspectives of public health and prevention interests remained hidden.

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

Monday July 8th

At publication time, no cannabis-related policymaking events were scheduled.

Tuesday July 9th

WSLCB - Board Caucus

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

Wednesday July 10th

WSLCB - Focus Group - High THC Products

On Wednesday at 9am PT, WSLCB staff planned to host a second focus group on high tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabis products.

  • [ Event Details ]
  • On Wednesday June 26th, WSLCB Public Health Education Liaison Kristen Haley organized a webinar of “Cannabis Industry leaders and representatives for Cannabis Industry Associations” to solicit their perspectives on the topic of high THC.”  Participants had so much feedback on education and policy changes related to high THC cannabis products that officials considered and scheduled an additional meeting.
  • During the first focus group, Haley said she intentionally structured separate conversations with public health and cannabis sector interests to “build the trust, build that security between these two partners, and then bring partners together who might feel more comfortable talking with one another.” She hoped the separate discussion would allow industry representatives to “finish a thought without feeling like you're under attack by preventionists” (audio - 5m).
    • WSLCB staff have not publicly advertised either the public health or cannabis sector focus groups.  While Cannabis Observer was encouraged to record and publish records associated with the industry webinar—bringing transparency to one set of perspectives on a complex subject—we have also requested and will publish records associated with the public health focus groups.

WSLCB - Executive Management Team

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

Thursday July 11th

WIDAC - Council Meeting

On Thursday at 9am PT, the Washington Impaired Driving Advisory Committee (WIDAC) planned to convene their quarterly meeting.

  • [ Event Details ]
  • Through the WIDAC formed in 2009, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) hears from agencies and organizations working to reduce impaired driving, and helps coordinate their work. The WIDAC is composed of various agency representatives, an expanded group of advisory members, and agency staff. Stakeholders include representatives from the state highway safety office, law enforcement, prosecution, adjudication and probation, driver licensing, treatment/rehabilitation, ignition interlock programs, data and traffic records, public health, and communication.
  • The agenda indicated WSLCB Public Health Education Liaison Kristen Haley was scheduled to present for fifteen minutes on “High THC Concentration” - the day after her second focus group on the subject with cannabis sector representatives.

Friday July 12th

At publication time, no cannabis-related policymaking events were scheduled.