The Committee heard cannabis-related legislation on local zoning, craft cannabis, and all three WSLCB request bills; and recommended the location compliance bill out of committee.
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.
The Board discussed craft cannabis legislation, WSLCB’s interagency agreement with WSDA for testing, and WSDA’s stalled organic-equivalent Certified Cannabis standard.
Four new cannabis-related bills were heard in the Senate on wholesale discounts, retail robberies, retail sales of CBD products, and industry labor standards.
Quality Control and Cannabis Penalties rulemaking projects were advanced and the Board was encouraged to support HB 2279 to establish a framework for craft cannabis in Washington state.
WSLCB Director Rick Garza spoke about restructuring agency enforcement and the Committee heard HB 2296 and HB 2300 regarding cannabidiol (CBD) products.
Public hearings on cannabis-related bills HB 2263 and HB 2361 filled the hearing room to capacity, and generated significantly more resistance than promotion.