The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is the primary adult use cannabis regulatory authority in the State of Washington. The executive agency, which also regulates alcohol, tobacco, and vapor products in Washington state, is overseen by a three member board appointed by the Governor to six-year terms. The Board holds regular public meetings and work sessions with stakeholders, makes policy and budget decisions, and adjudicates contested license applications and enforcement actions on licensees. Board members are also responsible for hiring the agency's Director, who manages day-to-day operations.
Wednesday’s public hearing for the WSLCB’s protracted Quality Control Testing rulemaking project could help shape a new regime of pesticides and heavy metals testing of adult use cannabis products in Washington state.
During their weekly meeting, the three elected Chelan County Commissioners met with the Director of Community Development to discuss code enforcement actions and confirmed that the County Fire Marshal had not performed a required annual inspection of marijuana processor extraction equipment in over a year.
Board Member Russ Hauge expressed his concern about coverage of the WSLCB’s BIPOC engagements and the Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force which he felt assumed “the LCB engaged in discriminatory if not racist practices during the initial round of licensing.”
Review of the task force’s scope and responsibilities, draft bylaws, and operating principles elicited member perspectives on the kinds of systemic racism they would attempt to address within the state’s legal cannabis market.