Center for Legal Cannabis

Legal Cannabis Week #10

Producer rules public comment period ends Sunday

Difficult to find on the I-502 implementation site, the public comment period for CR-101 ends this Sunday, February 10, 2013.

If one intends to opine on cannabis producer rules before they are drafted, send email to rules@liq.wa.gov. WSLCB is scheduled to issue draft rules for licensed cannabis producers in April.

Public forum in Vancouver tomorrow

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is hosting a public forum at Clark College in Vancouver tomorrow night, February 7, 2013 from 6 p.m. The address is Gaiser Student Center,1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663.

Due to the overwhelming turnout, the Board moved most of its scheduled forums to larger rooms and planned additional events in Olympia and Bremerton. Below is the upcoming forum schedule, with all events starting at 6 p.m. except the Olympia hearing.

Legislative weed watch

Get involved. Click the bill name below for links to the bill language, video of public hearings, bill reports, etc. Understand the steps from bill to law, find your legislator and allow them your input. Easier yet, just call the legislative hotline at 800-562-6000 and phone angels will help you.

SB 5437 | Cannabis boating DUI

  • FEB 8: Scheduled for public hearing in Senate Law and Justice this Friday at 8:00 AM.

SB 5222 | Industrial hemp study

  • FEB 7: Scheduled for public hearing in Senate Ways & Means this Thursday at 3:30 PM.

HB 1482 | Zero tolerance for commercial drivers

  • FEB 7: Scheduled for public hearing in House Public Safety this Thursday at 10:00 AM. See bill pages 24, 48 and 53.

HB 1597 | Technical pot law fixes

  • FEB 7: Scheduled for public hearing in House Government Accountability this Thursday at 9:00 AM.

SB 5279 | No pot for food stamps

  • FEB 5: Passed Senate Human Services, sent to Rules for second reading.

HB 1661 | Expunge misdeameanor convictions

  • FEB 5: First reading, referred to House Public Safety.

HB 1662 | Medical cannabis

  • FEB 5: First reading, referred to House Health Care.

SB 5528 | Medical cannabis

  • FEB 4: Senate Health Care heard public testimony.

SJM 8000 | Federal rescheduling request

  • FEB 4: Senate Health Care heard public testimony.

SB 5584 | No pot names for public works

  • FEB 4: First reading, referred to Senate Transportation.

SB 5010 | No pot on probation

  • JAN 31: Passed Senate Law and Justice, sent to Rules for second reading.

HB 1051 | No pot names for public works

  • JAN 22: House Transportation heard public testimony.

HB 1084 | Medical cannabis

  • JAN 18: Referred to House Health Care.

Rename the liquor board

At the first two public forums on I-502 implementation, WSLCB Chair Sharon Foster spoke of positive machinations to rename the liquor board to reflect its new role regulating cannabis. This indication was perhaps the best-received news of the nights. So where is the bill to rename the liquor board?

It occurs to me that the board has few politically possible names:

  • Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
  • Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Control Board

One could argue for cannabis in front of liquor, but pot is a humble junior partner at the firm. One could argue for "intoxicant control board," but the board only regulates a few intoxicants.

It also occurs to me that, while we do need legislation to rename this state agency, we make our own reality. Thus, starting today I personally rechristen the WSLCB as the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

I encourage my peers to perform this ceremony in their lives, and to teach this personal ritual to others. Manifest positive change.

Let legal pot users enforce liquor laws

Check out some of the enforcement jobs posted by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. Look under conditions of employment to find the following two prohibitions:

  • No possession of marijuana/hashish within the last 3 years.
  • No possession of marijuana/hashish over 15 times, regardless of the time frame. No possession within the last 5 years.

Why this is is two bullet points, I do not understand. I pray that one day WSLCB changes this policy and allows employment to citizens who have legally possessed cannabis in the evergreen state.

Week in review

Seattle Housing Authority clarified its anti-smoking policy to include cannabis.

The Seattle Times suggests our leaders must address the cannabis banking issue.

Washington's medical cannabis industry will warp the legal cannabis market, or be obliterated by it, some fear.

John Davis from Northwest Patient Resource Center advises how to secure a dispensary bank account.

Former "Drug Czar" Barry McCaffrey told the Yakima Rotary Club he still hates pot.

The Vancouver City Council discussed I-502 at a recent meeting.

The state Senate Health Care Committee heard testimony on two medical cannabis bills.

U.S. Reps Jared Polis (D-CO) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced several pieces of federal legislation legislation to legalize and tax cannabis.

Political prisoner Marc Emery applied to be a pot consultant to the Liquor Control Board.

Brendan Kennedy from Privateer Holdings and Leafly speaks at the Redmond Rotary on Thursday afternoon.

Unions want to organize the cannabis labor pool.


Sean Cecil, Attorney Canna Law Group