Cannabis Observer tracks and observes cannabis policymaking in Washington state.
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WSLCB - Board Meeting (May 24, 2023) - Summary
Rulemaking to implement alcohol legislation included a cannabis-related bill; public commenters gave input on cannabis traceability and called for more updates about environmental pesticides.
WA Legislature - Update (May 8, 2023)
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WSLCB - Board Meeting (January 25, 2023) - Summary
The board reviewed social equity applicant webinars, denied one petition before opening rulemaking based on a different one, and heard feedback criticizing the quality of their data.
The Week Ahead (January 23, 2023)
Legislators continued to undertake cannabis bills slowly, especially in the senate, but perennial subjects like out-of-state ownership had been positioned for consideration.
WSLCB - Board Meeting (January 4, 2023) - Summary
The longtime Director of WSLCB planned to step down, CCRS 2.0 was on track to go live, and public comments touched on equity, traceability, transparency, and the cannabis economy.
WSLCB - Board Meeting (December 7, 2022) - Retirements and Public Comments
Staff said goodbye to two retiring division heads and heard several critical public comments before the chair gave a lengthy defense of the agency's continued work on social equity.
WSLCB - World Cafe - Canopy (October 4, 2022) - Summary
Staff arranged stakeholders into five breakout groups to discuss three questions about cannabis canopy interspersed with WSLCB facilitators sharing their interpretations of common themes.
UW ADAI - Symposium - 2022 - Cannabis Use by Young Adults (September 16, 2022) - Summary
A presentation on consumption habits among young adults in Washington described negative health effects, poor academic outcomes, and suicidal thoughts attributed to cannabis use disorder.
WACA - Spring Meeting - 2022 - WSLCB Engagement (June 15, 2022) - Summary
A group of conference attendees talked about enforcement practices, licensing changes, the incipient social equity program, and rulemaking challenges with WSLCB leaders.
WACA - Spring Meeting - 2022 - WSDA Engagement (June 15, 2022) - Summary
Attendees heard about the WSDA hemp program and projects their staff were involved with, then asked about hemp testing and the possibility of Ag regulating cannabis production.