WSLCB – Executive Management Team (January 2, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 2nd WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson provided a legislative update describing the agency’s request legislation and legislative committee assignments for the 2019 session (audio – 12m).Agency request legislation for an alcohol promoter permit; budtender training; enforcement uniformity; and … Continued

WSLCB – Special Board Caucus (January 2, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 2nd Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Special Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Two board interim policies on claims of “curative or therapeutic effects” and marijuana infused edible (MIE) homogenization were cleared for adoption after an additional review led by Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman, … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (December 19, 2018)

Here are some observations from the December 19th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB leadership discussed a new “Policy Analysis Framework” intended to strengthen the agency’s legislative and regulatory decision-making processes.Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson introduced the framework indicating it evolved from an “Appropriate Access Project” begun earlier in the … Continued

Marijuana Infused Edibles Update (December 19, 2018)

On October 3rd, staff at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) publicly announced a re-evaluation of existing and new rules regarding the approval of marijuana infused edible (MIE) products, packages, and labels (video, presentation). For context, see Cannabis Observer’s coverage: Initial update (Oct 24, 2018)The trade association coalition proposal (Oct 30, 2018)A flurry … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (December 12, 2018)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday December 12th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Enforcement is drafting a letter to retailers regarding compliant medical cannabis products and enforcement of rules on accompanying and on request materials (audio – 9m).Chief of Enforcement Justin Nordhorn reported the letter is intended, in part, … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (December 12, 2018)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday December 12th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Board members approved three Board Interim Policies (BIP) following briefings from Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman.Board Interim Policy BIP-06-2018 addresses a licensee’s ability to utilize their own money in their cannabis business prior to vetting required by WAC … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (December 11, 2018)

Here are some observations from the December 11th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Karen McCall, WSLCB Policy and Rules Coordinator, prepared the Board for five board interim policies (BIP) proposed for adoption at Wednesday’s board meeting.  Two of the proposed policies were sent back to agency staff.BIP-06-2018: “Allowing marijuana licensees to spend their … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (December 4, 2018)

Here are some observations from the December 4th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Board Chair Jane Rushford introduced the new WSLCB Public Health Education Liaison, Scott McCarty (audio – 10m).McCarty will be replacing Mary Segawa who has held the position since January 2010.Starting in 2013, McCarty worked on youth prevention for the … 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