M. Bailey Hirschburg

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With over a decade of cannabis reform advocacy with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Bailey was Washington NORML’s Legislative Associate during the 2017-18 legislative sessions and the only lobbyist focused solely on recreational cannabis policy. He’s currently the consumer representative on the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s Cannabis Advisory Council. Bailey has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and lives in Lacey, Washington with his wife.

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Work Session (January 14, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 14th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee work session. My top 3 takeaways: Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) staff briefed lawmakers on a history and current state of Washington’s cannabis market (video, slidedeck).Director Rick Garza guided committee members through a background of the law, its … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Bills (January 14, 2019) – “Allowing residential marijuana agriculture.”

Here are some observations about new legislation in Washington’s state legislature to legalize adult home growing of cannabis. My top takeaways: Home growing of cannabis legislation was prefiled in both chambers: HB 1131 in the House and SB 5155 in the Senate. They are “companion bills” meaning both versions are currently identical. As currently written, … Continued

Office of Governor Jay Inslee – Washington State Cannabis Summit (January 04, 2019)

Here are some observations from Governor Jay Inslee’s address on Friday January 4th at the Washington State Cannabis Summit hosted by The Cannabis Alliance. My top 3 takeaways: Governor Inslee announced the Marijuana Justice Initiative, a special pardon program for state misdemeanor cannabis convictions operated by his office (audio – 9m, video).Governor Inslee’s description of … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (January 2, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 2nd WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson provided a legislative update describing the agency’s request legislation and legislative committee assignments for the 2019 session (audio – 12m).Agency request legislation for an alcohol promoter permit; budtender training; enforcement uniformity; and … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (December 19, 2018)

Here are some observations from the December 19th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB leadership discussed a new “Policy Analysis Framework” intended to strengthen the agency’s legislative and regulatory decision-making processes.Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson introduced the framework indicating it evolved from an “Appropriate Access Project” begun earlier in the … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (December 12, 2018)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday December 12th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Enforcement is drafting a letter to retailers regarding compliant medical cannabis products and enforcement of rules on accompanying and on request materials (audio – 9m).Chief of Enforcement Justin Nordhorn reported the letter is intended, in part, … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (December 12, 2018)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday December 12th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Board members approved three Board Interim Policies (BIP) following briefings from Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman.Board Interim Policy BIP-06-2018 addresses a licensee’s ability to utilize their own money in their cannabis business prior to vetting required by WAC … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Work Session (December 3, 2018)

Here are some observations from the December 3rd Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee work session. The committee heard updates on cannabis topics from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB), the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Director of … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (November 28, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 28th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Chris Thompson, WSLCB Director of Legislative Relations, and Research Consultant Trecia Ehrlich presented the agency’s draft Home Delivery of Medical Cannabis Study (audio – 48m).The study was requested by the legislature at the behest of Representative Shelley Kloba … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (November 28, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 28th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top takeaways: WSLCB board members approved the initiation of rulemaking for changes in required signage at cannabis retailers (audio, video, notice, issue paper, CR-101).Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman explained that recent changes to notifications for pregnant customers on packaging and labeling necessitate similar updates … Continued