Marijuana Infused Edibles Update (November 27, 2018)

On October 3rd, staff at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) publicly announced a re-evaluation of existing and new rules regarding the approval of marijuana infused edible (MIE) products, packages, and labels (video, presentation). For context, see Cannabis Observer’s initial update, the trade association coalition proposal, a flurry of edibles activity at the … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Work Session (November 16, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 16th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee Work Session. Industry and agency representatives updated committee members on the status of the state’s cannabis industry. The committee invited the Washington CannaBusiness Association (WACA), The Cannabis Alliance, and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) to testify. My … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (November 14, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 14th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways (with a surprising bonus takeaway at the end): Enforcement Chief Justin Nordhorn briefed the Board on WSLCB’s opportunities to adjust the marketplace for medical cannabis in Washington State (audio).Recent WSLCB engagement with representatives from patient communities and medical … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (November 13, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 13th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson updated the board on cannabis legislative topics which could emerge in the 2019 session (audio).Thompson anticipated advocates may propose bills on social use, availability of medically compliant products, excise tax exemption for patients, and … Continued

WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (November 8, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 8th WSLCB Traceability Advisory Committee meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The next release of MJ Freeway Leaf has been postponed to January 1, 2019 (audio).The last contract amendment set a release date of November 5, 2018.The last contract amendment also specified liquidated damages would be assessed to MJ … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (Nov 7, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 7th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Director of Licensing and Regulation Becky Smith presented to the Board and agency leadership for thirty minutes on “Financier Vetting and Investment Opportunities” (audio).The presentation surveyed options to modify rules and internal policies on fingerprint requirements; license owner … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (November 6, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 6th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Russ Hauge describes a “calm before the storm,” with few actions taken but significant events fast approaching (audio).The Spokane Tribe is interested in entering into a cannabis compact with the state. Nine of Washington’s 29 federally-recognized tribes have … Continued

Marijuana Infused Edibles Update (Nov 5, 2018)

On October 3rd, staff at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) publicly announced a re-evaluation of existing and new rules regarding the approval of marijuana infused edible (MIE) products and labels (video, presentation). For context, see Cannabis Observer’s initial edibles update, the trade association coalition proposal, and details on a flurry of edibles … Continued