WSLCB – Board Caucus (January 22, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 22nd Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Board Caucus. My top 4 takeaways: Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman presented the Board with a draft response to a letter from legislators regarding a bill which would restructure the WSLCB’s penalty system (audio – 9m). The letter, dated … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Hearing (January 21, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 21st Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee public hearing for the home grow bill. My top 3 takeaways: Committee staff outlined HB 1131, an act relating to residential marijuana agriculture, and Representative Brian Blake, the bill sponsor, offered brief remarks to his fellow Committee members. Washington State … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (January 15, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 15th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Members reviewed their experiences during the agency trip to Spokane earlier this month. Members were broadly complimentary of the facts and opinions shared with them at the board meeting in Spokane on January 9th. Board Chair Jane Rushford planned … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Work Session (January 14, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 14th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee work session. My top 3 takeaways: Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) staff briefed lawmakers on a history and current state of Washington’s cannabis market (video, slidedeck). Director Rick Garza guided committee members through a background of the law, … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Bills (January 14, 2019) – “Allowing residential marijuana agriculture.”

Here are some observations about new legislation in Washington’s state legislature to legalize adult home growing of cannabis. My top takeaways: Home growing of cannabis legislation was prefiled in both chambers: HB 1131 in the House and SB 5155 in the Senate. They are “companion bills” meaning both versions are currently identical. As currently written, … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (January 9, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday January 9th WSLCB Board Meeting. This meeting was convened at Spokane City Hall as part of a coordinated agency visit to eastern Washington. Cannabis Observer extends our thanks to Joe Rammell of New Day Cannabis for observing and recording the WSLCB board meeting in Spokane in person. While … Continued

Office of Governor Jay Inslee – Washington State Cannabis Summit (January 04, 2019)

Here are some observations from Governor Jay Inslee’s address on Friday January 4th at the Washington State Cannabis Summit hosted by The Cannabis Alliance. My top 3 takeaways: Governor Inslee announced the Marijuana Justice Initiative, a special pardon program for state misdemeanor cannabis convictions operated by his office (audio – 9m, video). Governor Inslee’s description … Continued