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WSLCB - Board Caucus (March 29, 2022) - Cannabis Retail Safety Forum
Licensees, legislators, and lobbyists talked about a wave of retail robberies which had increased in frequency in 2022, examining banking, training, and other possible solutions and mitigations.
The Week Ahead (March 28, 2022)
State leaders planned to publicly engage with selected cannabis retail stakeholders to draw attention to the need for federal banking reform to help mitigate robberies before more people were hurt.
WA House FIN - Committee Meeting (February 22, 2022) - SB 5004 - Public Hearing
Testimony on a bill to exempt registered medical cannabis patients from the excise tax on DOH compliant products was supportive and elicited several questions from lawmakers.
WA Senate - Session - Evening (February 10, 2022) - SB 5927 - Second and Third Reading
While cannabis retail would remain cash heavy if SB 5927 were enacted, senators unanimously voted for a one year sentencing enhancement for first and second degree robberies.
WSLCB - Board Caucus (February 15, 2022) - Legislative Affairs Update
Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson described the status of cannabis-related bills, and the potential that cannabinoid request legislation would fail in part due to “misinformation.”
WA Senate LAW - Committee Meeting (February 8, 2022) - HB 1105 - Public Hearing
A bill to grant all medical cannabis patients protection from arrest received almost entirely positive testimony, along with complaints about homegrowing and cannabis scheduling policy.
WA Senate LAW - Committee Meeting (March 16, 2021) - HB 1105 - Public Hearing
The second policy committee hearing on legislation extending arrest protections to all authorized medical cannabis patients elicited similar testimony and substantial sign in support.
WA House APP - Committee Meeting (February 9, 2021) - HB 1019 - Public Hearing
Testimony in the fiscal committee hearing on cannabis home grow was mostly positive with over one hundred people signed in support, while a small group voiced concerns about youth access and normalization.
WA House HCW - Committee Meeting (February 4, 2021) - HB 1105 - Public Hearing
A public hearing on a bill which would extend arrest protections to all medical cannabis patients received wholly positive testimony and addressed questions from committee members.
WSLCB - Engagement - BIPOC (October 5, 2020) - Summary
WSLCB leadership listened during more than two hours of community feedback, provided some feedback of their own, and shared new details about the Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force.