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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.

WSLCB – Board Caucus (July 31, 2018)

Here are some observations from Tuesday’s WSLCB Board Caucus (July 31, 2018). My top 3 takeaways: Updates from WSLCB Policy and Rules Coordinator Joanna Eide (transcript, audio).The Board signed off on a final response to the True Party of Interest (TPI) petition it recently received (Board Decision). The reply to attorney Orion Inskip from Gleam … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (July 17, 2018)

Cannabis Data was unable to observe this Board Caucus. We have prepared takeaways and linked supplemental material using documents secured through public records request. My top 3 takeaways: The Board received an update on the retail license forfeiture program and the upcoming deadline for non-operational retailers.WSLCB Director of Licensing and Regulation Becky Smith said her … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (July 24, 2018)

Here are some observations from Tuesday’s WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: An official WSLCB email was sent to a retail licensee offering an extension to the license forfeiture deadline without Board approval.On Friday (July 20), an email was sent to a licensee by WSLCB staff effectively offering an extension beyond the August 1st … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (July 10, 2018)

Here are some observations from the July 13th WSLCB Board Caucus meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board discussed the strong reaction to the hidden ownership amnesty program proposal.(transcript, audio).The discussion of a proposed hidden ownership amnesty program at the June 27th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting (transcript, audio) provoked a response from licensees concerned … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (Jul 3, 2018)

Here are some observations from the July 3rd WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: The Board is considering medical cannabis reform (transcript, audio).Tasked by the legislature to conduct a study on home delivery of medical cannabis products, the WSLCB convened an initial stakeholder workgroup last month and Patient/Advocate John Kingsbury followed up with survey … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (Jun 26, 2018)

Here are some observations from last Tuesday’s WSLCB Board Caucus (June 26, 2018). My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Policy and Rules Coordinator Joanna Eide briefed the Board on current rulemaking(transcript, audio).WSLCB is receiving comments on the 2017 omnibus legislation rulemaking, with most interest focused on volume discount privileges.The CR 102 for 2018 legislation (HB 2334) … Continued

WSLCB – Medical Home Delivery Study Stakeholder Meeting (Jun 19, 2018)

Here are some observations from Tuesday June 19th’s WSLCB Medical Home Delivery Study Stakeholder Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Patients support the concept of home delivery, but are more concerned with other changes to medical cannabis laws. Patient/Advocate John Kingsbury on patient priorities: “I polled about four dozen patients. I said, what’s your top 10 … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (June 13, 2018)

Here are some observations from Wednesday’s WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The EMT convened a rich conversation on distribution in the regulated Washington state cannabis marketplace.  WSLCB Marijuana Examiner Program Administrator Peter Corier and Policy and Rules Coordinator Joanna Eide led the discussion towards consensus on WSLCB’s position regarding to what … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (June 13, 2018)

Here are some observations from the June 13th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Enforcement Chief Justin Nordhorn swore in new WSLCB Enforcement officers (audio).Officer Rachel Black joined the Region 1 Retail Unit.Officers Ashley Golden and George Mars joined the Federal Way office, with Mars joining the Enforcement team.Officer Tyler Thomas joined the … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (June 05, 2018)

Here are some observations from the June 6th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: The WSLCB Board scheduled a closed Executive Session for next week’s Board Caucus to discuss hidden ownership investigations (transcript, audio).The Board has received a new wave of more detailed hidden ownership complaints. WSLCB Enforcement staff confirmed they have multiple “pending” … Continued