Marijuana Infused Edibles Update (Oct 31, 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 and the trade association coalition proposal presented at the October 30 Board Caucus. … Continued

Cannabis Trade Association Coalition MIE Regulation Proposal (Oct 30, 2018)

On October 3rd, staff at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) publicly announced a re-interpretation of existing and new rules regarding the approval of marijuana infused edible (MIE) products and labels.  This morning, a coalition of Washington cannabis trade associations met with WSLCB Board and staff to present an industry proposal in response. … Continued

WSLCB – Special Board Caucus (September 19, 2018)

Here are some observations from the September 19th WSLCB Special Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson provided a legislative program update (transcript, audio).Materials were submitted for four agency request bills: the promoter permit; the enforcement uniformity issue; the Systems Modernization Project account sunset date extension; and the testing … Continued

WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (September 13, 2018)

Here are some observations from the September 13th WSLCB Traceability Advisory Committee meeting. My top 2 takeaways: The Committee discussed the most recent MJ Freeway contract amendment (transcript, audio).The amendment was effective August 27th.The amendment extends the contract until January 10, 2019.There will be three additional releases before the contract is considered complete, and the … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (September 11, 2018)

Here are some observations from the September 11th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Chris Thompson, WSLCB Director of Legislative Affairs, requested Board approval to move forward on the agency’s five legislative requests for the 2019 session, including a bill to expand the agency’s authority to define and implement mandatory budtender training (transcript, audio).Board … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (September 05, 2018)

Here are some observations from the September 5th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Dan Purkey, General Manager of Artizen Cannabis, repeated a request from four months before that LCB “develop and issue a consumer alert to be posted prominently in all retail stores that warns consumers that THC percentages on the package labels … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (September 04, 2018)

Here are some observations from the September 4th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: The Board discussed challenges for medically compliant product rulemaking, one of their four priorities, by the end of the year (transcript, audio).Member Russ Hauge cited former Policy and Rules Coordinator Joanna Eide’s departure as the major reason for this concern. … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (August 29, 2018)

Here are some observations from the August 29th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board discussed feedback from stakeholders about budtender permits (transcript, audio).“The Cannabis Farmers Council and Washington NORML expressed concern that the penalties for underage service were too severe. It’s a … felony,” but since that is by law … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (August 28, 2018)

Here are some observations from the August 28th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Ollie Garrett reported on her research into consistency of enforcement actions (transcript, audio).Garrett is looking for patterns, including regional variation, in the Administrative Violation Notice (AVN) data provided to her by WSLCB Enforcement.Garrett highlighted conversations with “smaller retailers” … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (August 21, 2018)

Here are some observations from the August 21st WSLCB Board Caucus. In preparation for the subsequent Board Meeting, WSLCB Policy and Rules Coordinator Joanna Eide briefed the Board on the 2018 cannabis legislation rules package (transcript, audio).Eide explained that CBD product obtained from sources not licensed under WAC 314-55 and previously tested by the Washington … Continued