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.
Agency leadership ran through the top issues drawing media attention to WSLCB in addition to licensing, enforcement, legislative, traceability, and Cannabis 2.0 updates.
Thursday December 10, 2020
The Board approved filing a CR-102 on vapor products, heard a supportive comment for location compliance certificates, and announced the Cannabis Advisory Council may convene.
Wednesday December 9, 2020
Board members discussed the announcement of Chair Jane Rushford’s retirement, considered feedback on social equity, and heard updates in preparation for rulemaking on Wednesday.
Alcohol Advisory Council members learned about WSLCB’s policy analysis process, the next biennium budget, and agency request legislation requested from outside the agency.
Prefiling of bills for the 2021 legislative session begins, the WSLCB takes next steps implementing 2020 legislation, and the Washington Poison Center offers training on cannabis.
Senators heard a status report on the social equity task force, concerns from past and prospective applicants, and a rebuttal from WSLCB staff on licensing decision making.
Thursday December 3, 2020
During a panel on medical cannabis, Senate President Pro Tempore Karen Keiser announced previous legislation to make cannabis more affordable for medical patients would be reintroduced.
Wednesday December 2, 2020
Legislators heard an update from WSLCB leadership on their COVID-19 response and seemed eager to support legislation to more permanently encode some temporary alcohol allowances.
State and local officials as well as cannabis industry stakeholders discussed the Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force, excise taxes on medical marijuana, and a cannabis research commission.
On Monday, legislators in both chambers planned to review social equity within the cannabis industry, medical marijuana, a proposed cannabis commission, and the WSLCB’s status.