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WSLCB Seeking Panelists, Participants & Listeners For Deliberative Dialogue Sessions

Topics Cover Cannabis Quality Assurance Testing

Three sessions will use deliberative dialogue to discuss issues related to new state quality assurance testing of cannabis.

What is deliberative dialogue?

In short, deliberative dialogue is a method of structured conversation that seeks to find increased understanding of all sides and perspectives of an issue. It seeks to discover the most important values that participants have about the topics being discussed and to build relationships among participants. Listening with empathy and ensuring equity among participants is foundational. Deliberative dialogue brings up and discusses the consequences, costs and trade-offs of various policy options, and working through the emotions and values as a necessary part of making recommendations and decisions, common ground can be established as decisions are made.

Deliberative dialogue can be helpful when used between Government and stakeholders and community members. WSLCB is charged with ensuring the safety of Washington state residents. WSLCB works with the public and licensees on key decisions that affect the safety of Washingtonians, and the agency has a central role in creating regulatory frameworks to support that work. WSLCB believes that Washingtonians have the capacity to be well informed just as experts have the capacity to better appreciate the concerns of the public. Both expert knowledge and the perspectives of the public are crucial to the formulation of wise policy. For more on deliberative dialogue click here.

How are the sessions formatted?

Each session is scheduled for three hours.

  • A panel will be scheduled for each session, comprised of:
    • Panel 1: Consumers (4 – 5 panelists; consumers, health care reps, and others)
    • Panel 2: Processors (5- 6 panelists; processors/producers from all tiers, indoor/outdoor growers, minority-owned business, and differing regions in state)
    • Panel 3: Labs (4 – 5 panelists, consisting of lab owners, employees, or both).
  • The moderator will open each forum with topic background, panel introduction, and ground rules.
  • Panelists may give a five minute opening statement covering their background, their interest and experience on the topic, and ideas or thoughts they’d like to talk about.
  • Questions sent in from the panelist recruitment will be posed to the panel members.
  • The rest of the meeting will be interactive (using the hand-raising feature in WebEx) to allow participants and listeners to pose questions to the panel.

How are Panelists Selected?

WSLCB began panel recruitment on January 6, 2021. We asked for those interested in being a panelist, participant or listener to contact us by close of business, or 5PM on January 20, 2021. We continue to need panelists. You can view the announcement and apply here.

How can I listen or participate in Deliberative Dialogue at WSLCB?
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WSLCB Invitation For Public Comment: Draft Conceptual Rules For Marijuana Business Premise Certificate of Compliance

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is seeking public comment regarding draft conceptual rules. These draft conceptual rules are narrowly scoped to include a new rule subsection that provides a marijuana business premise certificate of compliance.  A draft, conceptual version of WAC 314-55-020 is linked here. The new subsection (6) is highlighted in blue.

On July 8, 2020, the WSLCB filed a pre-proposal statement of inquiry (CR 101) to consider amending WAC 314-55-020 to establish a certificate of compliance for marijuana business premises consistent with the mandates of Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 6206 (Chapter 154, Laws of 2020). The CR-101 filing and supporting documents are located here.

Specifically, SSB 6206 amended RCW 69.50.331 to create a certificate of compliance for marijuana business premises, and became effective June 11, 2020. The amendment requires the Board to issue a certificate of compliance for a marijuana business applicant’s premises, if the premises met the distance requirements from restricted entities (such as parks, schools, and playgrounds) at the time the application was filed. The certificate allows the licensee to operate the business at the proposed location notwithstanding a later occurring, otherwise disqualifying factor regarding restricted entities.

The WSLCB invites and encourages your comment on the draft conceptual rule language offered as WAC 314-55-020 (6). Your feedback will be reviewed and considered before a CR 102, or rule proposal, is presented to the Board for approval.

Public Comment
Please forward your comments to Casey Schaufler at by September 4, 2020. The CR102 proposal is anticipated to be presented to the Board on or after September 30, 2020.

Golden Leaf Holdings Looks Forward To Cannabis Referendum In Oregon

OREGON: Golden Leaf Holdings has released an update on GLH’s operating plan regarding the start of the recreational market in Oregon and the local Marion County referendum coming up for vote on November 8, 2016.  On this day, voters in Marion County will decide whether or not recreational sales and production will be allowed.

While some counties have chosen to opt-out of allowing licensed marijuana business to participate in the recreational market, Oregonians have embraced the industry overall as shown by increased sales and a demand for high-quality branded products. It’s been over a year since recreational or “Adult Use” cannabis became legal in Oregon and sales are generating millions in tax revenue for the state.

Don Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of GLH commented, “The topic of Marion County has been discussed since the implementation of the Marion County Ordinance last year and we have taken necessary steps to minimize any impact that a moratorium would have on our business. We have secured another property in Multnomah County and we are well positioned in the Adult Use market regardless of the outcome in Marion County.”

As previously communicated, Golden Leaf Holdings has a facility in Marion County at its Aurora Campus that has been under a county wide ordinance allowing existing medical marijuana businesses to operate, but prohibiting the establishment of recreational or “Adult Use” businesses. GLH has been operating under its existing medical processor registration.  Over the last nine months the Company has developed a strategic operating plan flexible enough to accommodate the eventuality of a negative or positive outcome of the Marion County referendum, including the leasing of another Portland based property in Multnomah County for recreational production, and is positioned to do well in either scenario. The cost of commissioning the Portland location has already been budgeted and accounted for in the Company’s financials. Regardless of the outcome of the vote, the Company believes its business prospects will be better because of the climate of certainty it will have with which to make decisions. This regulatory uncertainty led to inefficiencies as GLH has had to be prepared to deal with an outcome either way.

If the vote comes out in favor of the “opt out”, GLH will focus its operations at its leased facility in Portland and expand the operations there.  In this scenario, GLH anticipates that it would sell the Marion County property and remove $3 million worth of debt off of its books. As an alternative, or during the period while the property is up for sale, the Company believes it could lease out a large portion of the property actually making it revenue positive. It has received many leasing inquiries from interested parties involved with traditional agriculture.

If the vote goes positively and recreational businesses are allowed in Marion Country, the ordinance will not be changed until around January 2nd 2017. Given the standard timelines associated with receiving a recreational marijuana license from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, GLH would not anticipate the license to be in place prior to Q2 2017. As such, in order to sell products into the recreational market, the Company expects and already has plans ready to move all production to the Multnomah Country location for a period of time until the Aurora location would receive its recreational license. The Aurora location could be used for limited medical marijuana production during the remainder of 2016 and early 2017.

Golden Leaf Holdings Ltd Announces Resignation of Chief Financial Officer

CANADA: Golden Leaf Holdings Ltd., a leading cannabis oil solutions company built around recognized brands, today announced that the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, Brian Gentry, for personal reasons is resigning.

For the indefinite future, Mr. Gentry will continue to serve GLH in a financial consulting role to ensure a smooth transition. The Company has commenced a search for a new Chief Financial Officer.

Don Robinson, GLH’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “We appreciate Brian’s contributions to GLH over the past year in helping us build our business. We wish him well in the future as he pursues other opportunities.”

Golden Leaf Holdings Announces Preliminary Results for July 2016

 Oregon and Washington State Brands Report 15% Combined Monthly Sales Growth

WASHINGTON: Golden Leaf Holdings, a leading cannabis oil solutions company built around recognized brands, today announced preliminary revenue results for July 2016 for the respective brands of the Company in Oregon and strategic partner, BMF Washington.

 Oregon and Washington State Brand Revenue Update

 Preliminary results show that combined brand sales for GLH and BMF in Oregon and Washington were estimated at US$1.6 million in unaudited revenue for July 2016, as compared to unaudited revenue of US$1.4 million for June 2016, representing a month-over-month increase of 14%.

 GLH posted preliminary results for July 2016 showing US$914,000 in estimated and unaudited revenue as compared to US$891,000 (updated and revised from previously published number of US$923,000) in June 2016, representing a month-over-month increase of 2.6%.  BMF’s July 2016 unaudited and estimated revenue in Washington State was US$728,665, a month-over-month increase of 35% from June 2016’s revenue of US$537,880.

 GLH Contract Grow Update

 In connection with the Company’s successful contract trim buying strategy, the first contract cannabis grow is underway and the harvest is anticipated to commence in October of 2016.  GLH will leverage the supply agreement that dictates guidelines for grow conditions and strain types to obtain flower and trim for its portfolio of branded products.  This strategic approach to sourcing raw materials reinforces the Company’s position as a leader in the industry and provides a cost effective method to support higher product margins and consistent, high quality supply to meet the market demand.

Don Robinson, GLH CEO commented, “We are looking forward to October 2016 and harvesting plants from our first contract grow.  This strategic supply agreement is expected to help support our raw material requirements while ensuring only the highest level of quality and variety demanded by our consumers.”


Golden Leaf Holdings Announces Q2 2016 and June 2016 Preliminary Results For Oregon And Washington State Brands

OREGON: Golden Leaf Holdings Ltd. (“GLH” or the “Company”) (CSE: GLH), a leading cannabis oil solutions company built around recognized brands, today announced preliminary revenue results for Q2 2016 and June 2016 for the respective brands of the company in Oregon and strategic partner BMF Washington.

GLH Oregon Revenue Overview

Preliminary results show that GLH generated US$3,011,000 in estimated and unaudited revenue for Q2 2016 as compared to unaudited revenue of US$2,476,688 for Q1 2016, representing a quarter over quarter increase of 21.5%.

The Company posted preliminary results for June 2016 showing UD$923,000 in estimated and unaudited revenue as compared to US$1,067,000 (updated and revised from previously published number) in May 2016, representing a month over month decrease of 13.5%. GLH sold all of the products that it produced in the month of June.

GLH experienced lower than anticipated revenue in June 2016 due to a variety of unexpected challenges. The Company is developing plans to address these variables as shown below:

Issue Proactive Response
Production obstacles, including cash constraints that impacted trim and flower purchases, trim quality issues and product testing delays from 3rd party vendors made it more challenging to source material inputs and produce product in a timely manner. GLH is leveraging cash from current convertible debenture funding to fulfill raw material requirements. The Company has developed a strategic trim supply agreement program focused on contracting with selected farmers to obtain low cost supply of high quality flower and trim with specific strain and genetic characteristics. GLH purchased new testing equipment to ensure the quality of trim and efficiency of testing timelines. The Company is building relationships with testing vendors to effectively manage testing bottlenecks.
The Oregon cannabis market saw slower than expected recreational consumer adoption of oils and extracts. The concept of using a vape pen for delivery and usage of marijuana is still relatively new for the average recreational user. The Company is working with dispensaries to provide merchandising tools that educate the consumer on the benefits of cannabis oil and new delivery systems.
The retail buying process at medical marijuana dispensaries, including effective purchasing and supply chain management is still evolving. Not all dispensaries stocked the appropriate inventory to meet new recreational consumer demand. Dispensaries are becoming more familiar with customers buying behavior, but room for improvement exists with raising the level of sophistication as it relates to inventory management and regular purchasing patterns. GLH is working closely with dispensary customers to help manage stock levels and ordering cycles.

Don Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of GLH, commented, “While June 2016 Oregon sales results were lower than expected, we were encouraged by the strong sell through of all available inventory produced. We were also pleased with the positive consumer response to the relaunch of the Golden brand and the new product launch of Private Stash. Our sales and marketing team worked with dispensaries across the state to not only introduce new products but new merchandising tools that elevated the consumers’ shopping experience and increased brand awareness.”

BMF Washington Revenue Overview

Preliminary results show that BMF generated US$1,370,445 in estimated and unaudited revenue for Q2 2016 as compared to unaudited revenue of US$904,359 for Q1 2016, representing a quarter over quarter increase of 51.5%BMF’s June 2016 unaudited and estimated revenue in Washington state was US$537,880, a month over month increase of 13% from May 2016 of US$475,457.

Marijuana Decriminalization Coming To Philadelphia

PENNSYLVANIA: Philadelphia is a signature away from becoming the largest city in America to decriminalize marijuana possession, according to multiple published reports.

Mayor Michael Nutter said Monday he will sign a bill that essentially fines people $25 for the possession of marijuana under an ounce, CBS Philly reported.

A citation for possession would require an appearance before a Municipal Court judge, the news station said, but there would be no criminal record. A $100 fine will be handed to anyone caught smoking marijuana in public, reported.

Philadelphia’s current law at the bare minimum carries a $200 fine for marijuana possession, drug abuse courses and an arrest record, according to the Huffington Post.

The Walt Whitman Of Weed

WASHINGTON:  “Farmer Tom” Lauerman has invited us to tour his five acres of freedom, the “Garden of the Green Sun” – an organic vegetable and marijuana farm in Vancouver, WA.

Farmer, medical marijuana activist and author, Farmer Tom greets us with a big bear hug like a beatific Walt Whitman of Weed in a great bushy white beard, green grower’s cap and black Hawaiian shirt.

Tom is a well known figure on the West Coast cannabis scene.  You can regularly find him vending his squash and marijuana at local medical marijuana farmer’s markets, and at high profile events like High Times’ Cannabis Cup and Seattle Hempfest, where he happily poses for photographs and signs copies of his Cannabis Consumer’s Guide, a compendium of pot knowledge that he has amassed over his decades as a pot grower and smoker — a stoner poet “Leaves of Grass.”

Farmer Tom met his wife Paula in San Diego in the 1990s.  They fell in love as comrades in arms in those seminal days of the early California medical marijuana movement. She was a massage therapist, and gave him his first massage after a particularly stressful day in the trenches. Although she had known and worked with him in the past, she felt something undeniable when they touched and they have been together ever since.

Farmer Tom

‘Farmer Tom’ Lauerman

When we arrive at the farm, a three-hour drive from Seattle that I make with my dog and a fellow MJ News Network reporter, we are treated to cool water sweetened with lemons and entertained with wonderful stories of the early days of the struggle for patient rights, which they recount with passion and fire.

Tom and Paula are fully embedded into this rural southern Washington town, growing organic vegetables as part of a community-supported agricultural cooperative (CSA) alongside crops of organic cannabis.  For Farmer Tom it is all about organic. “I grow my vegetables and cannabis the same way.  I love growing organic food – organic vegetables and organic cannabis.”

Whether it is by good fortune or good deeds, life’s serendipity has found Tom’s farm ideally situated in Washington, one of only two states with a legal recreational marijuana market (though Oregon just across the Columbia River will likely pass its own recreational law in November, and currently supports a healthy medical marijuana industry for which Farmer Tom supplies product).

Farmer Tom

Organically Grown Farmer Tom Brand

Recreational marijuana makes it possible for Farmer Tom to move beyond farmer’s markets and to begin serving the larger commercial marketplace.  These days there is a lot of interest in organic cannabis – and in Farmer Tom as a brand icon.

“I just want to save the farm. I just want to feed my family – It doesn’t get any more American than that.”

Tom’s photogenic looks have not gone unnoticed as investors and savvy marketers eye the emerging legal market looking for viable brands. Farmer Tom has recently done several deals, one for a limited series of trading cards, and another for the creation of a full-line of Farmer Tom branded cannabis products. He’s got the looks and the resume to be a household name brand, and in fact, he is one heck of a farmer.

Garden of the Green Sun

Garden of the Green Sun

In between rows of impressive organic corn, snap peas, lettuce, squash and tomatoes, the Garden of the Green Sun sports two hoop-houses full of the biggest, bushiest, healthiest looking cannabis plants I’ve ever seen.  As a business journalist covering the legal marijuana industry, I’m used to touring indoor grow rooms full of gorgeous indicas and sativas, but nothing I’ve seen compares to the size and impressive girth of these bushes.

As we wind our way through neat rows of well labeled plants all sporting Farmer Tom’s likeness, we inspect Black Knight, OG Kush, Girl Scout Cookie and other popular strains, and even get an up-close look at a rare Asian plant with most unusual leaves.

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Unusual Asian Strain

At the end of our tour, we are given sharp knives and rubber buckets and pointed back to the vegetable rows where we pick our own lettuce, squash, kale and beans.  The sun is shining and Paula graciously waters my thirsty snow dog and points us back to the interstate with our bounty.

It’s been a great visit, well worth the long schlep.  As we leave, I’m struck at how quintessentially American this agrarian scene is — a small independent farmer growing good organic crops to support his family and community.

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Luna in the garden

Who knows, with cannabis’ new-found legality, Farmer Tom and Paula may turn out to be a modern-day Ma and Pa Kettle success story – hard working farm folks striking it rich, but keeping it real.

Legalizing Marijuana Could Fund Gov. LePage’s Anti-Drug Bill

MAINE: Lawmakers on Wednesday grappled with issues surrounding Gov. Paul LePage’s bill that would beef up enforcement of illegal drugs, but a proposal that would pair the issue with legalizing marijuana attracted the most discussion.

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee did not make any decisions on Wednesday, saying the bill would be discussed in greater detail on Friday. Maine has seen a spike in heroin use, and LePage has seized on that issue, proposing a crackdown on illegal drug trafficking.

Rep. Corey Wilson, R-Augusta, said that the more than $2 million it would cost to add 14 Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents, four assistant attorney generals and four district court judges could be more than paid for by legalizing and taxing pot.