WSLCB – Board Caucus (March 05, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday March 5th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: In preparation for Wednesday morning’s Board Meeting, WSLCB Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman presented the Board with the CR-102 rulemaking package which is intended to change the mandatory signs marijuana licensees must display within licensed premises (audio – … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Bill Updates (March 4, 2019)

Here are some observations of the Washington State Legislature’s activity on several cannabis bills which are still active after the fiscal committee cutoff was reached on Friday March 1st. My top 3 takeaways: SB 5298, “Regarding labeling of marijuana products,” was introduced for its second reading on the Senate floor but action was deferred on … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Bill Updates (February 25-28, 2019)

Here are some observations of the Washington State Legislature’s activity on several cannabis bills during the week starting Monday February 25th. After the policy committee cutoff was reached this past Friday February 22nd, attention turned to the winnowing of cannabis bills through the fiscal committees in each chamber before the next of several legislative deadlines … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (February 27, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 27th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Executive Management Team (EMT) public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board implemented a new cadence and format for EMT meetings for the remainder of the legislative session (audio – 12m).The cadence of EMT public meetings was changed from weekly to biweekly, … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (February 26, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 26th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: The Board publicly met the new Deputy Director of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) (audio – 6m).Megan Duffy has joined as WSLCB Deputy Director following the departure of Pat Kohler.Board Chair Jane Rushford asked about Duffy’s background.Duffy … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Bills (February 25, 2019) – HB 1401 – “Concerning Hemp Production”

Here are some observations on the evolution of HB 1401, “Concerning hemp production,” a bill which would enable Washington farmers to participate in the federal hemp program authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill. My top 3 takeaways: On February 5th, the Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1401.Committee … 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 the … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (February 19, 2019)

The WSLCB Board has canceled over half of its regularly scheduled public meetings so far this month (five out of eight) including the February 20th Executive Management Team (EMT) meeting. Meanwhile, the Board has privately hosted six executive sessions to discuss pending litigation including three dedicated meetings and three sessions carved out of regularly scheduled … Continued