Center for Legal Cannabis

Legal Cannabis Week #12

Upcoming rulemaking dates

The Skagit Valley Herald covered the Mt. Vernon rulemaking forum. Tacoma forum is happening tonight. See the draft timeline for more dates.

  • THU FEB 28: Yakima Convention Center
  • TUE MAR 5: Pot consultant announced
  • THU MAR 7: Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton
  • FRI MAR 15: Producer comment deadline
  • TBA MAR: Processor and retailer rulemaking starts
  • TBA APR: Draft producer rules filed

Media requests

In this week's Stranger, I ask the question:

Will Legal Recreational Pot Be Better Or Worse?
FEB 20 | The Stranger

With cannabis legal, I can finally get high, and boy do I have a lot of quirky questions when stoned. I'm hoping to find folks interested in helping with a few of them. Contact me at or 206-335-9214 if you have any leads.

SPROUTABLE HEMP SEEDS. Can you help obtain hemp seed that will bloom at 0.3% THC or less? It seems to me that one potential barrier to a grassroots hemp industry is access to germplasm. Genesis must begin somewhere.

I-502 TRANSPLANTS. Know anyone moving to Washington to get involved in the legal pot industry? If they'll speak on record, I want to talk to them.

Legislative weed watch

Click the bill name below for language, public hearing video, etc. Understand the steps from bill to law, find your legislator, or just call the legislative hotline at 800-562-6000. Color coding below is my judgment of good, bad and medical cannabis be careful.

DEADLINE: Bills that haven't been sent to Rules by end of day Friday, Feb 22, are mostly dead.

HB 1661 | Expunge misdeameanor convictions

  • FEB 21: Passed to House Rules for second reading.

HB 1888 | Industrial hemp

  • FEB 21: Passed to House Rules for second reading.

SB 5528 | Medical cannabis

  • FEB 21: Passed to Senate Rules for second reading.

HB 1876 | Deputize cannabis officers

  • FEB 21: Passed to House Rules for second reading.

HB 1482 | Zero tolerance for commercial drivers

  • FEB 19: Passed to House Rules for second reading.

SJM 8000 | Federal rescheduling request

  • FEB 19: Cleared step 1 of 2 in Senate Rules.

HB 1789 | Medical cannabis 25% tax

  • FEB 18: House Finance heard public testimony.

HB 1808 | Walmart may dispose found pot

  • FEB 14: Passed to House Rules for second reading.

HB 1597 | Technical pot law fixes

  • FEB 14: Passed to House Rules for second reading.

SB 5029 | State cannabis bank

  • FEB 14: Senate Financial Institutions heard public testimony.

SB 5584 | No pot names for public works

  • FEB 12: Senate Transportation heard public testimony.

SB 5437 | Cannabis boating DUI

  • FEB 8: Senate Law and Justice heard public testimony. Nobody opposed the bill.

SB 5222 | Industrial hemp study

  • FEB 7: Senate Ways & Means heard public testimony. (Video at 32:30, including a Kohl-Welles wonk joke, "don't worry, hemp is a gender neutral term." At 41:45 comes senate laughter at the statement "WSU seemed the logical place to put this.")

SB 5279 | No pot for food stamps

  • FEB 7: Passed to Senate Rules for second reading.

HB 1758 | Cannabis boating DUI

  • FEB 7: First reading, referred to House Public Safety.

HB 1662 | Medical cannabis

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

SB 5010 | No pot on probation

  • JAN 31: Passed to Senate 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.

Week in review

Municipal Research and Services Center suggests government employers inform employees that to keep federal grants the agency must disallow and punish pot use by on-the-clock employees.

Generally-angry pot brownie reviewer Steve Elliott spiraled further downward.

New York City will stop booking low-level pot busts.

The Czech Republic legalized medical cannabis.

The Washington Federation of State Employees is pushing a bill to turn cannabis enforcement officers into full-blown cops.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board received 112 applications for its pot consultant gig.

Most everyone opposes a bill to tax medical cannabis, except for "a few interests swirling around the I-502 process" — whatever that means — and the Washington Cannabis Association works to amend I-502 and "cut down on any fraud in medical authorizations."

Eastern Washington University harms our youth through pot arrests more this year than last.

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon testified on his bill HB 1661 to expunge marijuana misdemeanors.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says legal pot will reduce crime in annual address.

Colorado's legalization task force suggested allowing tourists to smoke their weed.

Discovery Channel aired a new weed show.

HB 1888 would license the now-legal hemp industry in Washington State.

WSLCB Deputy Director Rick Garza discussed I-502 rulemaking in a video from Association of Washington Cities.

Rep. Chris Hurst intends to amend I-502, likely to increase license costs.

Sean Cecil, Attorney Canna Law Group