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WA Senate WM - Committee Meeting (March 5, 2022) - SB 5983 - Public Hearing
A last-minute hearing on a repackaged bill to regulate synthesized cannabinoids revealed shared public health concerns but testimony otherwise remained just as sharply divided.
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 House COG - Committee Meeting (January 13, 2022) - HB 1668 - Public Hearing
Some licensees, WSLCB staff, and prevention advocates encouraged lawmakers to pass request legislation on cannabinoid regulation, while other licensees preferred a competing bill.
WA House COG - Committee Meeting (January 11, 2022) - HB 1710 - Public Hearing
A majority of speakers favored legislation to create a cannabis commodity commission, but questions remained about costs, goals, and the inclusiveness with which the bill was drafted.
WA House COG - Work Session (September 15, 2020) - Cannabis Potency Policy Considerations
House lawmakers heard invited testimony on “Cannabis potency policy considerations” from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB), legislative staff, and two cannabis trade groups.
WA House COG - Work Session (September 15, 2020) - Initial Update
The Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee convened its fall work session to hear perspectives on cannabis “potency” from WSLCB, committee staff, and industry representatives along with updates from the Cannabis Science Task Force and state university researchers inclusive of public health and prevention community efforts to correlate ingestion of high-THC marijuana with adverse … Continued
The Week Ahead (September 14, 2020)
A busy week for cannabis-related policymaking lay ahead including activity at the Washington State Legislature, the WSLCB, the State Board of Health, and the Department of Ecology.
WSLCB - Listen and Learn Forum - HB 2826 Implementation (September 1, 2020) - Summary
Drawing over 100 attendees, nine participants commented on new definitions for ‘characterizing flavor’ and ‘terpenes’ instrumental to new WSLCB public safety and prevention authorities.
WSLCB - Listen and Learn Forum - Voluntary Compliance Program (May 28, 2020) - Summary
Stakeholders helped WSLCB continue developing a legislative mandate to enable licensees to request compliance education consultations and site visits under lessened threat of AVNs.
WA House COG - Committee Meeting (January 30, 2020) - Summary
High turnout shattered the concentrate ban bill (at least in the House), expansion of edibles may require work, and location compliance looks set to move forward.