Newsletter September 2018
THE CANNABIS ALLIANCE
NEWS & UPDATES
TOP NEWS: CR-101 for Quality Assurance Testing and Product Requirements is Out!
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) has filed a CR-101, aka a public notice of rule-making, for QA testing and product requirements. This is THE time to submit your thoughts on a wide range of potential topics. In this rule-making, the WSLCB will consider the following topics for potential rule-making changes:
- Lot and batch sizes;
- Fields of testing and pass/fail level adjustments;
- Potency testing requirements;
- Pesticide testing requirements for all cannabis products;
- Heavy metals testing requirements;
- Sample deduction requirements;
- General testing rule adjustments;
- Product, THC serving limits, and packaging requirements; and
- Other related rule changes that may be necessary or advisable
Submit public comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include name, organization, and contact info. Questions? Email us.
Learn more about the LCB’s rule making process HERE.
New Legislation Impacting Employers and Employees Beginning January 2019
Please join us at the next Cannabis Alliance meeting on September 13, 2018 for a 30 minute quick overview of the Washington State Family And Medical Leave Act. Bryon Peterson, the owner of Human Resources Group International, (HRGI) and Jenny Weitz from Dockside Cannabis will host and provide insight into what you will have to know, how you will be impacted, available resources, and how to prepare for this new legislation. Bryon and Jenny will make themselves available after the presentation and meeting to answer any questions you may have. Based upon your interest we will determine whether we should host a more comprehensive seminar in the near future.
The Cannabis Alliance Brings Cannabis Industry Waste Issues to the Forefront
The Cannabis Alliance and members of its packaging waste committee have been in the spotlight recently speaking to the important issue of waste in our industry. Jason Lammers, of 420WholesalePack.com and Chair of The Alliance’s packaging waste committee was featured in The Seattle Times where he talked about eliminating single-use plastics via implementing a recycling program among licensed businesses and also addressed the challenges with accessing cost effective alternatives to plastic such as biodegradable hemp packaging. Alliance Board President, Danielle Rosellison, went on the air this Labor Day with Bellingham’s 92.2 KSIM’s Brad and John to also bring up the topic of waste and how The Cannabis Alliance is working to solve the problem.
Board Member Elections – September 13th
MEMBER SHOUTOUT: Matthew Friedlander, Skagit Organics
This month we would like to give a shout out to Matthew Friedlander of Skagit Organics for being a member who has gone above and beyond recently. Matthew supports The Alliance at a Gold Level Membership and also sits on the packaging waste committee. He has been an active and engaged member by helping us host a summer social this past month and bringing a stellar team (and spirit!) to the annual kickball tournament.
Skagit Organics is a small family business built on a foundation of integrity and quality. They began as a medical collective of growers, processors, and dispensaries providing quality products to people who truly needed them. They make all of our oils with organic food grade alcohol and never use butane or other toxic hydrocarbon solvents so you don’t have to worry about impurities in your oil.
Thank you, Matthew and Team Skagit Organics for being a part of The Cannabis Alliance and helping us to grow.
Cannabis Alliance Members Speak at Seattle Hempfest
We would like to recognize all the Cannabis Alliance members who spoke on stage at Hempfest this year. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion with us and for inspiring others to get involved and support the industry.
Liz Blaz, Founder, Just Blaz LLC
AC Braddock, Eden Labs CEO
Rachael Brower, Purchasing Manager, Cannabis City
Dr. Dominic Corva, Cannabis and Social Policy Center
John Davis, Seattle Hempfest Vice President
Shawn DeNae, Washington Bud Company
Meagan Holt, Author – Just Breathe, Baby, Maddie’s Mom, and Artist of Change
Neil Juneja, Managing Partner – Gleam Law
Giana Lampreda, WAM OIL COO, Co-founder
Amanda Mac, Terp School, Trail Blazin’ Productions
Nick Mosely, Scientific Director of Confidence Analytics
Aaron Pelley, Attorney, Cultiva Law
Danielle Rosellison, COO, Trail Blazin’ Productions; President, The Cannabis Alliance
Juddy Rosellison, Trail Blazin’ Productions
Derek Smith, Resource Innovation Institute
Dr. Jade Stefano, Puffin Farm, Founder and CEO and Washington Sungrowers Industry Association, Treasurer
Brian Stone, Trail Blazin’ Productions, Viper PAC
Mitzi Vaughn, Chief Legal Officer, Green Vine Investments USA
Ah Warner, Cannabis Basics
Jerry Whiting, LeBlanc CNE, Inc.
The Cannabis Alliance’s 4th Annual Kickball Tournament Recap
Thank you to all those who came out to play and show their support at this year’s Cannabis Kickball Cup. BioTrack THC, Gorge Gold, Trail Blaizin’ Productions, and Skagit Organics. Congratulations to team Trail Blazin’ for taking home the Smokiam Cup. Super special thank you to The Kush Couch for capturing some great footage of the day and producing a great recap video. Watch it HERE.
[OFFICIAL ALLIANCE EVENT] Cannabis Training for Professionals: Excellence in Purchasing Seminar
Date: Friday, September 7, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Seattle Central College – Edison Building – Lecture Hall 4th Floor: 1701 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
The Cannabis Alliance, in partnership with Seattle Central College Continuing Education, is excited to present purchasing manager education for the cannabis industry.
This seminar is for:
- Purchasing managers
- Business owners
Subjects that will be covered will include:
- Understanding the importance of farm to retailer relationships
- Practicing transparency through effective communication
- Understanding our role and why our role is so imperative to the success of this industry.
- Utilizing practices with in-taking a new vendor and handling potential new vendors that are looking to establish a business relationship.
DO NOT miss this very very special learning opportunity. The mechanisms of purchasing are the driving factors of our industry. See what fuels the decisions of purchasing managers at the retail level and what producers and processors can do to build better repertoire and communicate more efficiently.
[OFFICIAL ALLIANCE EVENT] Trivia Night
Date: Monday, September 10, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Brass Tacks, 6031 Airport Way S, Seattle
Calling both the cannabis connoisseur AND the curious!
It’s time to gather your friends/co-workers and test out your canna-knowledge. Whether you think you know all there is to know about cannabis or you’d like to learn more, we invite you to join us for a night of friendly competition and education, of course!
This month’s winning prize is sponsored by MainStem – $420 store credit at the Mainstem Store
[OFFICIAL ALLIANCE EVENT] General Monthly Meeting
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Seattle, Arlington, Bellingham, Olympia, & Spokane
As always we will be covering legislative and regulatory updates as well as other important industry news.
Webcasting options available. Email us for link. You must RSVP via email for the Olympia and Spokane locations!
Kush Marketplace Live Event
Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Motif Seattle, 1415 5th Ave. Seattle WA, 98101
Make sure you mark your calendars for Kush Marketplace’s next Live Event next month. This is a rare opportunity to meet, mingle, and do business with producers, processors, and retailers from all over Washington who will gather in one place for this spectacular event. If you were at the last one, you know how valuable this experience is, and this time they’re going even bigger! Don’t miss your chance. Make sure you register your spot at events.kushmarketplace.com for a chance to win some stellar prizes!