The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) was created in February 1970 after the Washington State Senate voted in favor of Senate Bill 1 and Governor Daniel Evans signed the bill into law. The bill authorized the consolidation of four existing state agencies to create the Department of Ecology, the first unified environmental protection agency in the nation, ahead of even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Washington State Department of Ecology
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WSLCB - Board Meeting (October 28, 2020) - Summary
The WSLCB moved forward with a CR-102 proposing the establishment of Location Compliance Certificates; heard public comments on youth drug prevention and quality control (QC) testing; and confirmed the agency will only have one board meeting in November.
The Week Ahead (October 26, 2020)
The first meeting of the Washington State Legislative Task Force on Social Equity in Cannabis led a densely packed week of policy activity at WSLCB, WSDA, DOE, and local jurisdictions.
WSLCB - Board Meeting (September 30, 2020) - Summary
Significant new quality control rules were proposed and a licensee consultation program was adopted before public comment on WSLCB gatekeeping access to its BIPOC engagements.
WSLCB - Executive Management Team (September 16, 2020) - Marijuana Odor Task Force
Board Chair Jane Rushford asked about the status of the legislatively mandated task force on cannabis odor which had received scant updates from WSLCB staff since it was created.
WSLCB - Executive Management Team (September 16, 2020) - Legislative Work Sessions
WSLCB Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson provided a briefing to the agency’s Executive Management Team (EMT) on staff participation in two fall work sessions hosted by the Legislature’s primary cannabis policy committees.
DOE - Cannabis Science Task Force Steering Committee (September 17, 2020) - Initial Update
In addition to work group updates, Chair Annette Hoffmann described her presentation to legislators and the Committee passed a previously tabled motion from the Proficiency Testing Work Group.
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.
DOE - Cannabis Science Task Force Steering Committee (August 20, 2020) - Motion
The Cannabis Science Task Force Steering Committee convened and heard updates from each of its work groups, including an extended discussion about a motion put forward by the Proficiency Testing Work Group.
The Week Ahead (August 17, 2020)
WSLCB cancelled their board meeting but would meet in caucus; the Cannabis Science Task Force would convene; and the Sunshine Committee would review public records exemptions.
The Week Ahead (July 27, 2020)
The Chelan County hemp moratorium was back, the Cannabis Science Task Force was prepared to convene, and WSLCB might be ready to speak with software integrators again.