WSLCB – Board Meeting (June 13, 2018)

Here are some observations from the June 13th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Enforcement Chief Justin Nordhorn swore in new WSLCB Enforcement officers (audio). Officer Rachel Black joined the Region 1 Retail Unit. Officers Ashley Golden and George Mars joined the Federal Way office, with Mars joining the Enforcement team. Officer Tyler … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (June 12, 2018)

Here are some observations from the June 12th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Ollie Garrett shared her plans to meet with Anne Sulton about forming a minority business and women’s business work group. Dr. Anne Sulton, Co-Owner of A Bud and Leaf, has publicly testified at recent Board Meetings (transcripts here … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (June 06, 2018)

Here are some observations from the June 6th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Trecia Ehrlich, Research Consultant with the WSLCB Director’s Office, introduced the Board to a research repository she has created and demonstrated ways in which it is possible to start using the content to inform policy making. Ehrlich made … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (June 05, 2018)

Here are some observations from the June 6th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: The WSLCB Board scheduled a closed Executive Session for next week’s Board Caucus to discuss hidden ownership investigations (transcript, audio). The Board has received a new wave of more detailed hidden ownership complaints. WSLCB Enforcement staff confirmed they have multiple … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (May 30, 2018)

Here are some observations from the June 5th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: This Executive Management Team meeting served as an informal introduction and Q&A between members of the Board and the incoming WSLCB Deputy Director, former Department of Licensing Director Pat Kohler.  Peter Antolin, the current WSLCB Deputy Director, is … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (May 30, 2018)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday May 30th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Joanne Eide, Policy and Rules Coordinator at the WSLCB, asked the Board to adopt the final CR 103 for retail license forfeiture rules. Joanna went over parameters set in statute that exempt certain licensees from the forfeiture requirements; for … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (May 29, 2018)

Here are some observations from the June 1st WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Changes to Sampling Policies (transcript, audio). WSLCB Policy and Rules Coordinator Joanna Eide reported comments on modifying industry sampling guidelines have been largely positive. The WSLCB intends to limit “vendor samples” (from producers/processors to retailers) to staff with purchasing authority … Continued

WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (May 22, 2018)

Here are some observations from Tuesday’s WSLCB Traceability Advisory Committee meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Gartner Consulting introduced the Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Project WSLCB has contracted to analyze the implementation of the traceability system and recommend next steps (transcript, audio). Gartner Consulting Managing Partner John Kastrinos explained they will prepare a “project health … Continued