Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee
(LAW)

Washington State Legislature – Committee Report Cutoff (April 9, 2019)

Tuesday April 9th was the last day to read in committee reports on bills from the opposite chamber. Of the twelve cannabis-related bills that passed the session’s house of origin cutoff, eleven bills remain in motion. WSLCB Enforcement Restructuring (SB 5318). Engrossed Substitute SB 5318 (ESSB 5318) was passed by the full Senate on March … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Cannabis Bill Activity (March 28 – April 2, 2019)

Here are some observations of cannabis bills still moving in the Washington State Legislature. My top 3 takeaways: This week, the Senate Law and Justice Committee hosted a public hearing and executive session for HB 1792, “Concerning criminal penalties applicable to licensed marijuana retailers and employees of marijuana retail outlets.” See details on the bill’s … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Executive Sessions (February 20-21, 2019)

Here are some observations of executive sessions for cannabis bills and related activity across several Washington State Legislature committees on Wednesday February 20th and Thursday February 21st, 2019. My top 3 takeaways: On Wednesday, the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee moved substitute bills for SB 5318, SB 5298, and SB 5296. SB 5318 – “Reforming … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Executive Sessions (February 14, 2019)

Here are some observations of executive sessions for cannabis bills across several Washington State Legislature committees on February 14, 2019. My top 4 takeaways: The House Commerce and Gaming Committee moved Substitute House Bill 1794 out of committee with a “do pass” recommendation, but did not take action on HB 1236 or HB 1466. HB … Continued

Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee – Public Meeting (February 12, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 12th Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee (LAW) public hearing on SB 5605, “Concerning misdemeanor marijuana offense convictions.”  SB 5605 is the companion bill to HB 1500; the first public hearing for that bill was hosted by the House Public Safety Committee on February 5th. My top … Continued