Gregory is the founder of Cannabis Observer and its first citizen observer. Gregory is a member of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Traceability 2.0 Work Group and was recognized in early 2019 for Exemplary Service by The Cannabis Alliance, a Washington-based trade association. He marshals experience with technology, startups, legislative and regulatory advocacy, activism, journalism, freedom of information - and cannabis! Based in Olympia by way of Austin, Greg and his family call the tall trees of Washington home.
Legislators heard an update from WSLCB leadership on their COVID-19 response and seemed eager to support legislation to more permanently encode some temporary alcohol allowances.
State and local officials as well as cannabis industry stakeholders discussed the Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force, excise taxes on medical marijuana, and a cannabis research commission.
On Monday, legislators in both chambers planned to review social equity within the cannabis industry, medical marijuana, a proposed cannabis commission, and the WSLCB’s status.
Four retail allotments were on the table as Lynnwood City Council members began discussion of their jurisdictional ban on cannabis businesses in place since June 2015.
Board members reviewed feedback from the recent special board meeting and approved a cannabis compact with the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation.
As most events were cancelled for the holidays, we encourage stakeholders and policymakers to reflect on how far we’ve come - and verify we’re still heading in the right direction together.
The WSLCB Board and Policy and Rules team heard strong criticisms of the supplemental Quality Control Testing and Product Requirements rule proposal from many stakeholders.
During discussion following her presentation, WSLCB Policy and Rules Manager Kathy Hoffman revealed she was authoring an interpretative statement regarding Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-8-THC) which, if implemented, may distill out unanticipated consequences.
In addition to advocacy training, participants learned about future WSLCB rulemaking on advertising, a draft Delta-8-THC policy change, and the Cannabis Regulators Association.
Policy and Rules staff prepared the Board for Wednesday’s formal rulemaking, but members had little to say.