The Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee (WA House COG) considers issues relating to the regulation of commerce in alcohol, tobacco and cannabis, as well as issues relating to the regulation and oversight of gaming, including tribal compacts.
The technological leap into remote meetings required by the State’s response to the pandemic continued to challenge the WSLCB’s commitment to transparency.
SB 6057 (the “wholesale discounts” bill) and SB 6206 (the “location compliance” bill) were both heard in the House on Monday - but only one was subsequently advanced.
SB 6206 was advanced during the WA House COG’s Tuesday February 25th committee meeting.
Although the bill was scheduled for executive session during the WA House COG Tuesday committee meeting, SB 6057 was not moved.
7 cannabis-related bills remained in motion as the Washington State House and Senate began considering opposite chamber bills prior to Friday’s policy committee cutoff.
Agency leadership heard a briefing on cannabis-related legislation still active and otherwise, including both agency requests and bills introduced by other stakeholders.
The Board denied three petitions for rulemaking and discussed HB 2870, an agency request bill to create a social equity program which has been substantially modified by legislators.
The committee heard the cannabis commodity commission bill and passed WSLCB’s request legislation to expand agency rulemaking power and DOH authority over marijuana products.
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.
The Legislature planned to convene 8 public hearings and at least 8 executive sessions across 7 committee meetings while the WSLCB prepared to adopt a slate of new emergency rules.