HB 2052 – “Clarifying marijuana product testing by revising provisions concerning marijuana testing laboratory accreditation and establishing a cannabis science task force.”
- See Cannabis Observer’s summaries of HB 2052's committee report cutoff, opposite house cutoff, and sine die cutoff.
- On Tuesday May 7th, Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill. It joins Chapter 277 of the 2019 Session Laws with an effective date of July 28th. See the signing ceremony’s official photos and read the Session Law.
- Inslee commented that the bill “transfers authority and responsibility for marijuana product testing” to the Department of Ecology (DOE) from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB). “Ensuring these labs have reliable equipment, standard operating procedures, and dependable testing results is imperative to our cannabis industry,” the Governor said before thanking the sponsor, Representative Derek Stanford (video).
- Assuming the biennium budget is signed by the Governor as planned on Tuesday May 21st without change to Section 302(28), the new law will be funded from the Dedicated Marijuana Account with $465,000 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, and $464,000 for FY 2021. This is slightly below the estimate of $1,050,990 in the bill’s fiscal note.