The Week Ahead (April 22, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. MONDAY: This week is it for the regular legislative session. If you’d like, you can review Cannabis Observer’s Friday morning legislative update for information that is largely current as of Monday morning – with exceptions (of course). Here’s one to watch: SB 5605, the bill to vacate misdemeanor … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Opposite House Cutoff (April 17, 2019)

Wednesday April 17th was the last day to pass bills through the opposite chamber (with exceptions). Eleven cannabis-related bills that passed the session’s house of origin cutoff remain in motion – including one bill Cannabis Observer considered inactive after the committee report cutoff. Here are some observations of the cannabis-related bills which have passed both … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (April 17, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday April 17th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board hosted a public hearing on Mandatory Marijuana Signage led by Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman (audio – 2m, video). Board Members approved filing the CR-102 at the March 6th Board Meeting. On April 17th, Hoffman presented … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (April 16, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday April 16th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Agency Director Rick Garza discussed legislative and regulatory activity (audio – 23m). At the legislature, Garza had been closely watching activity on the state budget and noted the House and Senate weren’t in agreement on the agency’s budget allocation. … Continued

WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (April 11, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Thursday April 11th WSLCB Traceability Advisory Committee meeting. The committee has been meeting since January 2017 and is currently composed of staff from WSLCB, MJ Freeway (the State’s traceability software vendor), the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), a project quality assurance vendor, and industry representatives. The committee … Continued

The Week Ahead (April 15, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. WEDNESDAY is the 94th day of the first and longer session of the 2019-2020 biennium. At 5pm PT on Wednesday, we’ll pass the penultimate cutoff deadline on the last day to consider opposite house bills. Cannabis Observer expects to witness significant legislative floor activity over the next three … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Committee Report Cutoff (April 9, 2019)

Tuesday April 9th was the last day to read in committee reports on bills from the opposite chamber. Of the twelve cannabis-related bills that passed the session’s house of origin cutoff, eleven bills remain in motion. WSLCB Enforcement Restructuring (SB 5318). Engrossed Substitute SB 5318 (ESSB 5318) was passed by the full Senate on March … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (April 3, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday April 3rd WSLCB Executive Management Team (EMT) public meeting. This week’s Board Caucus and EMT meeting were canceled. My top 3 takeaways: Enforcement Chief Justin Nordhorn confirmed the agency’s position against advertising of cannabis products and trade names in and around public parks (audio – 3m). Nordhorn said, … Continued