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.
Board members reviewed accomplishments and set their priorities for the coming year.
A staffer made a promise to a retail licensee without the approval of the Board and a petition regarding true parties of interest definitions was accepted.
A strong reaction to the hidden ownership amnesty program proposal was debated along with the Board's desire to hear from the medical cannabis community.
The Board looked at medical cannabis reform and a potential extension to the retail license forfeiture deadline.
The Enforcement and Licensing division directors proposed a hidden ownership amnesty program.
Board members shared updates and heard a rulemaking briefing focused on legislative implementation.
The Board weighed possible agency request legislation for the next legislative session, heard about non-operational retailers, and shared impressions of a recent medical home delivery stakeholder discussion.
Stakeholders engaged with the agency over development of a study on home delivery of medical cannabis and heard about other patient concerns.
WSLCB's Chief Information Officer went over the “API Key Reset” security incident with integrators, though new information was limited.
Agency leadership reviewed arguments for processors acting as distributors, learned about the most recent security issue with the state's traceability system, and heard about new dialogue between the Enforcement division and medical cannabis patient advocates.