The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) aims to develop programs and services to help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide information to help people make good health decisions, and ensure Washington state is prepared for emergencies.
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WSLCB - Board Caucus (February 28, 2023) - Summary
The board got a status update on legislation, discussed an impending social equity licensing window, and learned about a new format for staff guidance on rulemaking petitions.
WSLCB - Work Group - QC Standards - Public Meeting (January 5, 2023) - Summary
At the first work group meeting, members introduced themselves and heard agency leaders’ intentions to gather input on the effectiveness of 2022 cannabis testing changes.
WSLCB - Executive Management Team (February 8, 2023) - Summary
Leaders touched on several bills concerning cannabinoid regulation and “inactive” producer licenses in addition to a favorable court ruling and social equity program updates.
WA House RSG - Committee Meeting (February 7, 2023) - HB 1612 - Public Hearing
A public hearing on cannabinoid legislation had a mix of support from public officials and prevention groups, as well as opposition/other remarks from hemp and cannabis interests.
WA Legislature - Update (February 8, 2023)
Representatives heard the WSLCB THC bill, a technical corrections bill was readied for the opposite house, and a senate floor session and rules meeting were scheduled for Wednesday.
WA Senate LC - Committee Meeting (January 30, 2023) - SB 5367 - Public Hearing
A bill adding restrictions on manufacturing and sales of hemp cannabinoid products was generally well received, but many speakers disagreed with the allowable THC limits.
WA Legislature - Update (January 27, 2023)
Senators heard supportive testimony on a bill addressing retail theft and four new bills were prepared for introduction, including two targeting concentrated cannabis products.
WA House RSG - Committee Meeting (January 24, 2023) - HB 1453 - Public Hearing
Unanimously supportive testimony on a bill to remove the cannabis excise tax for medical patients registered with the state called attention to problems around taxing medicine.
WA Legislature - Update (January 25, 2023)
Republican representatives were poised to introduce a bill to radically revise the excise tax structure by THC concentration after the public weighed in against taxing patients.
WSLCB - Board Caucus (January 24, 2023) - Summary
Board members expressed their willingness to support multiple bills for medical cannabis patients and spoke at length about their approach to interacting with the state legislature.