WSLCB – Board Caucus (May 21, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday May 21st WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: The board welcomed Sara Cooley Broschart as the agency’s new Public Health Education Liaison (audio – 11m). Cooley Broschart replaced the previous Public Health Education Liaison for WSLCB, Mary Segawa. In December of last year, Scott McCarty was introduced … Continued

The Week Ahead (May 20, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. TUESDAY: Tuesday morning at 9:30am PT @ the Governor’s Conference Room, Jay Inslee is scheduled to sign HB 1109, the biennium budget. Several cannabis-related bills have dedicated appropriations in the bill in addition to the operating budgets of the agencies which regulate the plant. On Tuesday at 10am … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Executive Actions (May 17, 2019)

This will be our final update about 2019 cannabis legislation barring a significant change in either the state’s budget, or the convening of a special legislative session with implications for cannabis. During the 2019 session, Cannabis Observer relied on the bill information pages on the Washington State Legislature’s website to track bill activity. While we … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (May 15, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday May 15th WSLCB Executive Management Team public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The legislature appropriated $100K to WSLCB to perform and deliver an interim study on a variable cannabis excise tax rate pegged to product potency (audio – 19m). During roundtable discussion, Agency Director Rick Garza brought up … Continued

WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (May 9, 2019)

After publishing the last Traceability Advisory Committee meeting update on April 16th, WSLCB Director of Communications Brian Smith reached out the same day to express concern about Cannabis Observer’s recording of the meeting. In subsequent conversation with WSLCB staff, it appears that the agency received negative feedback regarding unspecified aspects of the April meeting. We … Continued

The Week Ahead (May 13, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. TODAY: On Monday May 13th at 3:30pm PT @ the Governor’s Conference Room, five out of six remaining cannabis-related bills are scheduled for signing (bill action notice). HB 1792 – “Concerning criminal penalties applicable to licensed marijuana retailers and employees of marijuana retail outlets.” HB 1794 – “Concerning … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Executive Actions (May 10, 2019)

Washington’s regular legislative session adjourned sine die on Sunday April 28th. A special legislative session has not been called by Governor Jay Inslee. Throughout the 2019 session, Cannabis Observer summarized legislative activity on cannabis-related bills including the house of origin, committee report, opposite house, and sine die cutoffs; and executive actions as of last Friday. … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (May 1, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday May 1st WSLCB Executive Management Team (EMT) public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: This week’s “collaboration project report” combined changes in retail licensing with extensive discussion about increasing social equity in Washington’s cannabis marketplace (audio – 2m). The Board last discussed preparations for the work session during the … Continued