The Week Ahead (May 6, 2019)

The week is wide open. No public meetings at the WSLCB, the legislature has completed their long session of the biennium, and only six cannabis-related bills remain unsigned on the Governor’s desk. Of the five cannabis-related bills already signed by Governor Jay Inslee, only SB 5276 had an immediate effective date. The hemp bill is … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Executive Actions (May 3, 2019)

Washington’s regular legislative session adjourned sine die on Sunday April 28th. A special legislative session is unlikely to be called by Governor Jay Inslee as the budget was passed. 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. We’ve … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (May 1, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday May 1st WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 2 takeaways: The Board adopted final revised rules for mandatory marijuana signage (audio – 4m). See Cannabis Observer’s coverage of the public hearing on the CR-102 draft rules and the preparatory discussion during the previous day’s Board Caucus. Policy and Rules … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (April 30, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday April 30th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Russ Hauge led a lengthy follow up discussion on the recent Tribal Advisory Council meeting (audio – 30m). See Cannabis Observer’s coverage of the April 24th Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) meeting. Hauge shared his general impression that … Continued

WSLCB – Tribal Advisory Council (April 24, 2019)

Here are some observations of the Wednesday April 24th WSLCB Tribal Advisory Council meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The WSLCB Tribal Advisory Council is a renewed government-to-government consultative body which is quite different from WSLCB’s industry councils and workgroups. The Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) consists of delegations from federally-recognized, sovereign tribal governments which have entered … Continued

The Week Ahead (April 29, 2019)

Hemp production is now “a legal, agricultural activity in this state.” Governor Jay Inslee signed Engrossed Second Substitute SB 5276 (E2SSB 5276) on Friday April 26th and the new law became effective immediately. Here’s a look at the week ahead. TODAY: On Monday at 1:30pm PT @ the Whitman County Courthouse, the Whitman County Commissioners … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Sine Die Approaches (April 26, 2019)

Sunday April 28th is the last day of Washington’s regular legislative session, traditionally called Sine Die. The Legislative Information Center’s “Guide to Lawmaking” describes it this way: “Sine Die is a longstanding tradition in the legislature that either occurs when both chambers are completely finished with legislative business or at midnight on the last day … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (April 23, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday April 23rd WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Chair Jane Rushford described the kickoff meeting of the agency’s Cannabis 2.0 project (audio – 31m). Rushford first publicly mentioned the Cannabis 2.0 project in late November.  Originally planned for launch in early February, the initiative was postponed … Continued