The Washington State Board of Health (SBOH) was established by the state constitution in 1889 to provide leadership and advance public health practices that protect and improve the public’s health. It is a separate entity from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) although the Secretary of Health sits on the Board and the SBOH leverages DOH facilities.
Washington State Board of Health
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WA Hemp in Food Task Force - Meeting (October 26, 2022) - Summary
Task force members discussed drafting their report due to the legislature on December 1st before talking about what cannabinoid limits they’d recommend for hemp in food.
WA Hemp in Food Task Force - Meeting (October 19, 2022) - Summary
Task force members tweaked work group recommendation language and planned for an additional meeting before their advice would be formatted for lawmakers.
WA House COG - Committee Meeting (January 25, 2022) - HB 2035 - Public Hearing
Prevention interests spoke favorably of a bill to form a “behavioral health prevention and equity impact framework” at WSLCB, but the appearance of unbalanced representation raised concerns.
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 Governor Council on Health Disparities - Public Meeting (January 3, 2022) - WA SECTF Recommendations
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- Washington State Governor's Interagency Council on Health Disparities (WA Governor Council on Health Disparities)
After pushback for not acting earlier, council members formally and unanimously endorsed all of the recommendations of the Washington State Task Force on Social Equity in Cannabis.
WA Senate LCTA - Committee Meeting (November 15, 2021) - Update on “Impairing” Cannabinoids
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- Washington State Senate Labor, Commerce, and Tribal Affairs Committee (WA Senate LCTA)
Senators learning about delta-8-THC and other novel cannabinoids found the lack of control around youth access “very alarming” as they questioned WSLCB and CANNRA leaders.
WTSC - Commission Meeting (July 15, 2021) - CANNRA Overview
WSLCB Director Rick Garza shared new details about the background, leadership, and advocacy of CANNRA as he encouraged traffic safety officials to affiliate with the organization.
WA Governor - Bill Action (May 18, 2021) - SB 5092
Governor Inslee signed the biennium operating budget which appropriated cannabis excise tax revenue and other general fund tax dollars among more than a dozen agencies.
WSLCB - Board Caucus (May 4, 2021) - Delta-8-THC
Policy and Rules Manager Kathy Hoffman walked the board through the past, present, and future of WSLCB regulation of cannabinoids aside from delta-9-THC in legal cannabis products.
WSLCB - Board Caucus (March 30, 2021) - Summary
Director Rick Garza discussed how his work for WSLCB and the organization CANNRA weren’t “separate hats” and identified states the agency would look to for model cannabinoid policies.