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.
Licensing staff briefed on the retail title certificate program before the Board learned about the agency's contracting process and equity programs in other legal cannabis markets.
The Board voted to expand an interim policy on quarantine, adopted two CR-102s on forfeiture and 2017 cannabis legislation rules, and passed a CR-101 to start a rule project on 2018 cannabis legislation rules.
Board members prepared for the next board meeting, heard about possible vapor regulatory and legislative changes, and discussed how to better incorporate research into the agency's rule development process.
Board members had an executive session on litigation against the agency, heard about progress towards implementing a retail license forfeiture program, and discussed a recent trip to Washington D.C. which included WSLCB leadership.
The Deputy Director surveyed ongoing projects and the Board reviewed the packaging and labeling public hearing and 2017 omnibus cannabis legislation.
Without a quorum, the Board could not take action on some rulemaking, though a public hearing on packaging and labeling rules went ahead and a former board member spoke during public comment about 'white labeling.'
Members were prepared for rulemaking at the Board's next public meeting and discussed the limits of support for the legal cannabis industry versus promotion of specific trade groups and businesses.
Staff explained developments around traceability and WSLCB Enforcement's draft policy on administrative visits to licensees.
Licensing provided recommendations for retailers in ban and moratorium areas and detailed license forfeiture rules.
Staff prepared the Board for a temporary suspension of the 24-hour quarantine period and brought members up to speed on legislative activity.