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.
In response to diminished transparency at WSLCB, Cannabis Observer began to obtain records about internal policy-related meetings where decision making continued during the pandemic.
The WSLCB hosted a public hearing on proposed cannabis product safety rules, opened two new rulemaking projects, and heard the most public comments since the start of the pandemic.
The WSLCB planned to hear from stakeholders about proposed changes to cannabis product testing rules on Wednesday, although coordination in advance would be necessary to speak.
Board members prepared to take several actions at the following week’s board meeting and learned they would soon be asked to rescind their interim policy on traceability workarounds.
In the second online forum covering potential changes to existing producer rules, participants discussed canopy allotments as well as adulteration of cannabis, quality control, and labeling.
Compressed cannabis policymaking at WSLCB due to mandatory cost-saving furloughs and a holiday shouldn’t prevent stakeholders from suggesting changes to producer rules on Tuesday.
The review of existing producer rules resulted in feedback encouraging tiered fees, modernization of security requirements, ownership of up to five production licenses, and more.
The Board approved filing proposed changes to the rules defining true parties of interest in cannabis businesses and heard public testimony for the second time in the past five months.
The Board learned more about open and planned rulemaking projects then heard an update from the Director about planned furloughs, re-entry to headquarters, and DEI efforts.
The WSLCB was set to propose new Voluntary Compliance Program rules, revisions to True Party of Interest rules, and solicit feedback on marijuana Producer rules.