Washington State Legislature – Executive Sessions (February 14, 2019)

Here are some observations of executive sessions for cannabis bills across several Washington State Legislature committees on February 14, 2019. My top 4 takeaways: The House Commerce and Gaming Committee moved Substitute House Bill 1794 out of committee with a “do pass” recommendation, but did not take action on HB 1236 or HB 1466.HB 1794 … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Hearing (February 7, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 7th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee (COG) public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1794, “Concerning agreements between licensed marijuana businesses and other people and businesses, including royalty and licensing agreements relating to the use of intellectual property.”Committee Staff … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (February 6, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 6th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Executive Management Team public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson updated the Board and staff on the agency’s request legislation, as well as other cannabis bills (audio – 18m).The most recent public update from … 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 bill … 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 House … 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 House … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Work Session (January 14, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 14th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee work session. My top 3 takeaways: Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) staff briefed lawmakers on a history and current state of Washington’s cannabis market (video, slidedeck).Director Rick Garza guided committee members through a background of the law, its … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Work Session (December 3, 2018)

Here are some observations from the December 3rd Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee work session. The committee heard updates on cannabis topics from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB), the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Director of … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Work Session (November 16, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 16th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee Work Session. Industry and agency representatives updated committee members on the status of the state’s cannabis industry. The committee invited the Washington CannaBusiness Association (WACA), The Cannabis Alliance, and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) to testify. My … Continued