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.
SB 5605 (vacating misdemeanor possession convictions) and SB 5298 (structure or function claims) are still moving, but SB 5985 was heard for other reasons.
Observations on the evolution of a bill which would enable Washington farmers to participate in the federal hemp program authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill.
The committee heard advocates for a Washington Cannabis Commission and passed bills to establish a hemp program, create new compensation structures, and shift lab accreditation to Ecology.
The committee hosted two cannabis bill public hearings (HB 1963 and HB 2052) and passed two cannabis bills out of committee with “Do Pass” recommendations (HB 1236 and HB 1792).
The committee heard a strongly endorsed cannabis intellectual property bill and passed the WSLCB budtender permit bill out of committee.
Lawmakers considered allowing retailers to sell branded merchandise and CBD products with < 0.3% THC during HB 1238’s public hearing.