WSLCB – Board Caucus (November 27, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 27th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Russ Hauge discussed a recent meeting with Bailey Hirschburg of Washington NORML and Chris Thompson, WSLCB Director of Legislative Relations, regarding on-site sales and tastings (audio, meeting handout).The board discussed enabling smaller producers to implement partial vertical integration … Continued

Marijuana Infused Edibles Update (November 27, 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 initial update, the trade association coalition proposal, a flurry of edibles activity at the … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (November 14, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 14th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways (with a surprising bonus takeaway at the end): Enforcement Chief Justin Nordhorn briefed the Board on WSLCB’s opportunities to adjust the marketplace for medical cannabis in Washington State (audio).Recent WSLCB engagement with representatives from patient communities and medical … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (November 13, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 13th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson updated the board on cannabis legislative topics which could emerge in the 2019 session (audio).Thompson anticipated advocates may propose bills on social use, availability of medically compliant products, excise tax exemption for patients, and … Continued

WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (November 8, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 8th WSLCB Traceability Advisory Committee meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The next release of MJ Freeway Leaf has been postponed to January 1, 2019 (audio).The last contract amendment set a release date of November 5, 2018.The last contract amendment also specified liquidated damages would be assessed to MJ … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (Nov 7, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 7th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Director of Licensing and Regulation Becky Smith presented to the Board and agency leadership for thirty minutes on “Financier Vetting and Investment Opportunities” (audio).The presentation surveyed options to modify rules and internal policies on fingerprint requirements; license owner … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (November 6, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 6th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Russ Hauge describes a “calm before the storm,” with few actions taken but significant events fast approaching (audio).The Spokane Tribe is interested in entering into a cannabis compact with the state. Nine of Washington’s 29 federally-recognized tribes have … Continued

Marijuana Infused Edibles Update (Nov 5, 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 and labels (video, presentation). For context, see Cannabis Observer’s initial edibles update, the trade association coalition proposal, and details on a flurry of edibles … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (Sep 19, 2018)

Here are some observations from the September 19th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Research Scientist Julia Dilley presented results from a multi-state study of the effects of state and local policy frameworks on cannabis use prevalence and public health risk (transcript, audio). She reviewed several specific questions and pointed towards further … Continued

WSLCB Wednesday Meeting Summary (Oct 31, 2018)

Here are some observations from the October 31st WSLCB Board Meeting and the Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: During Wednesday’s Board Meeting, action was taken on several cannabis items.The Board adopted a revision of their interim policy which enables licensees to phase-in the packaging and labeling (PAL) rule requirements adopted in May. … Continued