WSLCB – Board Meeting (March 20, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday March 20th WSLCB Board Meeting. At 3.5 minutes, this was the shortest duration Board Meeting Cannabis Observer has witnessed and the current Board can recall. While there was one takeaway worth noting, we’ve included an update on the Quality Assurance Testing and Product Requirements open rulemaking and link … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (March 19, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday March 19th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Ollie Garrett initiated discussion about legislation relevant to the agency and related media coverage (audio – 11m).Noting the failure of the agency’s request legislation to establish a mandatory budtender permit (HB 1370 / SB 5678), Garrett asked … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (March 6, 2019)

Here are some observations from the March 6th WSLCB Executive Management Team (EMT) public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Director Rick Garza discussed the agency’s response to the Enforcement restructuring bills, SB 5318 and HB 1237 (audio – 15m).Garza indicated that for the last month he had sought to understand legislation seeking to dramatically … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (March 6, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday March 6th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board approved the CR-102 for rulemaking on Mandatory Marijuana Signage following a presentation from Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman (audio – 4m).Hoffman had prepared the Board to approve her request to file the CR-102 during the prior … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (March 05, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday March 5th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: In preparation for Wednesday morning’s Board Meeting, WSLCB Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman presented the Board with the CR-102 rulemaking package which is intended to change the mandatory signs marijuana licensees must display within licensed premises (audio – … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (February 27, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 27th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Executive Management Team (EMT) public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board implemented a new cadence and format for EMT meetings for the remainder of the legislative session (audio – 12m).The cadence of EMT public meetings was changed from weekly to biweekly, … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (February 26, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 26th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: The Board publicly met the new Deputy Director of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) (audio – 6m).Megan Duffy has joined as WSLCB Deputy Director following the departure of Pat Kohler.Board Chair Jane Rushford asked about Duffy’s background.Duffy … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (February 19, 2019)

The WSLCB Board has canceled over half of its regularly scheduled public meetings so far this month (five out of eight) including the February 20th Executive Management Team (EMT) meeting. Meanwhile, the Board has privately hosted six executive sessions to discuss pending litigation including three dedicated meetings and three sessions carved out of regularly scheduled … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (February 05, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 5th WSLCB Board Caucus. The Board has only subsequently met for the February 6th Executive Management Team (EMT) meeting, canceling the February 6th Board Meeting, the February 12th Board Caucus, and the February 13th EMT. The WSLCB also announced they have cancelled the upcoming February 20th Board Meeting … 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