Center for Legal Cannabis

Legal Cannabis Week #6

State opens cannabis consultant process

On Friday, the Washington State Liquor Control Board sent an update to the 2,500 subscribers to the LCB-I502 mailing list. The update distills thusly:

  • This Tuesday they plan to publish a Request for Proposals — RFP in common jargon — for Initiative 502 Consulting Services.
  • The tentative deadline for bids is February 15, and the contract will be awarded tentatively March 15.
  • Anyone submitting a bid must first sign up for WEBS, the state's online bidding system.
  • WSLCB is planning evening public forums in six locations across the state from late January to mid-February. The schedule will be announced next week.

Also recall the liquor board has job postings for an Administrative Regulations Analyst and Marijuana Licensing and Regulatory Manager, both of which were posted in December. The former is a temporary gig paying around $60k, the latter a permanent position paying over $80k.

Week in review

Thurston County NORML is hosting an I-502 Lobby Training tomorrow, Sunday, January 13 from 2 p.m. at Cutters Point Coffee, 1350 Marvin Road NE in Olympia.

Licensed medical cannabis growers in Colorado are huge compared to Washington State norms, and we may wish to prepare our headspace for 62,000-watt mid-size grows.

Anti-502 campaigners Arthur West and Steve Sarich continue their crusade against I-502 supporters, though nearly all of their complaints and lawsuits are dismissed, like the complaints they filed against Rep. Sam Hunt, who the pair will be attempting to lobby in the upcoming legislative session.

Paid lobbyists, newly-minted trade groups and monied interests are gearing up to influence the I-502 rulemaking process.

One of those new trade groups is headed by Phil Wayt, former executive director of the Washington Beer and Wine Association.

Apartment manager Abode Housing is revising its anti-pot policy after hash-oil-ingesting vet Alex Aversano spoke out in the media.

Renton City Council is discussing I-502 implementation.

Longtime cannabis activist Jeff Gilmore was robbed of his first post-legalization crop, which he blamed on his outspoken support of I-502.

Harborside Health Center fended off another attempt by its landlord to shut down the nation's largest cannabis dispensary.

The Brookings Institution — the world's first think tank — held a C-SPAN-aired panel discussion on the federal-state cannabis conflict in light of legalization.

The ganja-infused Marz Bar is likely to bring corporate-federal hellfire upon Millennium Edibles, ala California copyright infringers Beyond Bomb and Tainted. Such behavior — effing with the third-largest privately held company in America, founded in our very own Tacoma — is best avoided.

Three house democrats from King County — Reps. Ross Hunter, Chris Hurst and Reuven Carlyle — sent a letter to the Liquor Control Board asking them to slow down the rulemaking process. Because government gets stuff done too quickly.

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan says licensed pot sellers are fair game for the feds, according to Asotin County Prosecutor Ben Nichols, talking about the recent meeting of the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

California dispensary operator Aaron Sandusky was sentenced to ten years in federal prison.

Two weeks ago King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg wrote that any cannabis conviction in Washington State now requires quantitative testing that can only be performed at the State Crime Lab, and law enforcement should take care to not overwhelm our primary DNA and forensics laboratory. Wow. Upon reading this, I smoked yet another bowl in honor of I-502 campaign manager Alison Holcomb.

National anti-cannabis crusaders are regrouping after losing their asses in recent elections. Their new argument: we can change our insane pot laws without legalizing pot.

Across the border in Idaho, the Blaine County Republican Central Committee passed a resolution supporting cannabis legalization. No joke.

The Seattle Times Editorial Board suggests the Liquor Control Board move forward on cannabis rulemaking with deliberate speed, and also that they "not screw it up."

Sex-advice columnist Dan Savage says post-legalization excitement and reform shouldn't be limited to Washington and Colorado, that everyone should be happy and get involved.

Sean Cecil, Attorney Canna Law Group