Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
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WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (April 11, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Thursday April 11th WSLCB Traceability Advisory Committee meeting. The committee has been meeting since January 2017 and is currently composed of staff from WSLCB, MJ Freeway (the State’s traceability software vendor), the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), a project quality assurance vendor, and industry representatives. The committee … Continued

The Week Ahead (April 15, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. WEDNESDAY is the 94th day of the first and longer session of the 2019-2020 biennium. At 5pm PT on Wednesday, we’ll pass the penultimate cutoff deadline on the last day to consider opposite house bills. Cannabis Observer expects to witness significant legislative floor activity over the next three … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (April 3, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday April 3rd WSLCB Executive Management Team (EMT) public meeting. This week’s Board Caucus and EMT meeting were canceled. My top 3 takeaways: Enforcement Chief Justin Nordhorn confirmed the agency’s position against advertising of cannabis products and trade names in and around public parks (audio – 3m). Nordhorn said, … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (March 26, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday March 26th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Russ Hauge suggested a path towards graded cannabis products and committed to advocacy for on-site cannabis consumption (audio – 10m). In conversation with the Board and WSLCB Director Rick Garza, Hauge outlined an idea gleaned during a … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (March 20, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday March 20th WSLCB Executive Management Team public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Agency leadership hosted an Enforcement Program Update and Team Discussion. The “work session” format was a recent change to Executive Management Team (EMT) meetings and WSLCB Enforcement reform has been an important topic in recent agency … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (March 20, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday March 20th WSLCB Board Meeting. At 3.5 minutes, this was the shortest duration Board Meeting Cannabis Observer has witnessed and the current Board can recall. While there was one takeaway worth noting, we’ve included an update on the Quality Assurance Testing and Product Requirements open rulemaking and link … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (March 19, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday March 19th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Ollie Garrett initiated discussion about legislation relevant to the agency and related media coverage (audio – 11m). Noting the failure of the agency’s request legislation to establish a mandatory budtender permit (HB 1370 / SB 5678), Garrett … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (March 6, 2019)

Here are some observations from the March 6th WSLCB Executive Management Team (EMT) public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Director Rick Garza discussed the agency’s response to the Enforcement restructuring bills, SB 5318 and HB 1237 (audio – 15m). Garza indicated that for the last month he had sought to understand legislation seeking to … Continued