Media Advisory: 10-Year Anniversary of I-502 Passage on Nov. 6, 2022

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Oct. 27, 2022

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Media Advisory: 10-Year Anniversary of I-502 Passage on Nov. 6, 2022

LCB to stream discussions with I-502’s author, public health professionals, and a business panel

OLYMPIA -- On Nov. 6, 2012, Washington voters enacted Initiative 502, joining Colorado to pioneer the nation’s first two systems of legally producing, processing and retailing adult-use cannabis. Ten years later, in recognition of this historic milestone, the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) is hosting a series of conversations in the month of November. These conversations will include the LCB Board and individuals who led the creation of Washington’s system, are chronicling its impact, and those involved in the cannabis business.

Upcoming Events

Board Discussion with Alison Holcomb (Nov. 1, 2022) On Nov. 1, the Board will host a discussion with I-502 architect and ACLU political director Alison Holcomb. Prior to the I-502 campaign, Alison’s work included successfully advocating for legislative and regulatory improvements to Washington’s medical cannabis law, adoption of the second 911 Good Samaritan overdose prevention law in the nation, and creation of Seattle and King County’s groundbreaking Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program that has reframed police thinking about low-level street crime and public safety. 


Board Discussion with Dr. David Hammond and Dr. Julia Dilley (Nov. 8, 2022) On Nov. 8, the Board will host a discussion with University of Waterloo professor David Hammond, PhD, who will present findings from the International Cannabis Policy Study – Washington Report. The report includes a broad set of data that sheds new light on Washington’s system. Dr. Hammond’s research focuses on chronic disease prevention and global health in the areas of tobacco/vaping, nutrition policy, and cannabis and harm reduction policy. The ICPS is one of the studies he leads.

Joining the Board and Dr. Hammond will be Julia Dilley, PhD, a Senior Research Scientist and Epidemiologist with Multnomah County Health Department and the Oregon Health Authority. Dr. Dilley has supported public health systems in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years. She is the principal investigator for a nine-year, federally funded, research study of cannabis legalization impacts in Washington and Oregon. She co-chairs the nationwide Council of State & Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Cannabis Subcommittee, leading efforts to identify the best measures and methods for cannabis-related public health monitoring.


Board Discussion with Cannabis Business Panel (Nov. 15, 2022)

On Nov. 15, the Board will engage a business panel representing diverse roles in the cannabis business sector:

  • Ryan Sevigny, (tier II producer/processor) High Tide Ranch and president Landrace Brands
  • Shannon Vetto, (manager of multiple retail stores), CEO Evergreen Markets
  • Windy Anderson, (tribal retailer), Suquamish Evergreen Corporation Manager, Agate Dreams
  • Jim Makoso, (processor, lab director, research licensee) managing director of Lucid brands; Northwest Labs, second research licensee
  • Jessica Tonani, (research licensee), CEO of Verda Bio


* TVW provided advance links for its Nov. schedule which may be subject to change. Should you experience any problems with connecting, an updated link will be available on the Board Nov. Public Meeting Schedule page.