Besides the WSLCB Board Meeting, the Washington State Commission on African Affairs planned to convene and Chelan County Commissioners would consider a hemp moratorium.
The Board signed a cannabis compact with another tribal nation, surveyed events for the remainder of the year, and received notable new information during a rulemaking update.
WSLCB Director Rick Garza and Policy and Rules Manager Kathy Hoffman signed into the Alliance’s monthly webinar for 45 minutes to provide an update and answer member questions.
Director Rick Garza reported some WSLCB staff experienced a "little bit of a hiccup” when undertaking implicit bias training provided by the agency.
In response to diminished transparency at WSLCB, Cannabis Observer began to obtain records about internal policy-related meetings where decision making continued during the pandemic.
The WSLCB hosted a public hearing on proposed cannabis product safety rules, opened two new rulemaking projects, and heard the most public comments since the start of the pandemic.
The WSLCB planned to hear from stakeholders about proposed changes to cannabis product testing rules on Wednesday, although coordination in advance would be necessary to speak.
Board members prepared to take several actions at the following week’s board meeting and learned they would soon be asked to rescind their interim policy on traceability workarounds.
In the second online forum covering potential changes to existing producer rules, participants discussed canopy allotments as well as adulteration of cannabis, quality control, and labeling.
Compressed cannabis policymaking at WSLCB due to mandatory cost-saving furloughs and a holiday shouldn’t prevent stakeholders from suggesting changes to producer rules on Tuesday.