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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 (September 11, 2018)

Here are some observations from the September 11th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Chris Thompson, WSLCB Director of Legislative Affairs, requested Board approval to move forward on the agency’s five legislative requests for the 2019 session, including a bill to expand the agency’s authority to define and implement mandatory budtender training (transcript, audio).Board … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (August 21, 2018)

Here are some observations from the August 21st WSLCB Board Caucus. In preparation for the subsequent Board Meeting, WSLCB Policy and Rules Coordinator Joanna Eide briefed the Board on the 2018 cannabis legislation rules package (transcript, audio).Eide explained that CBD product obtained from sources not licensed under WAC 314-55 and previously tested by the Washington … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (August 07, 2018)

Here are some observations from Tuesday’s WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: The Board intends to open rulemaking on cannabis testing requirements and medical products (transcript, audio).Sufficient momentum has developed around the subject of pesticide testing of adult-use products to open rulemaking.  Policy and Rules Coordinator Joanna Eide has been speaking to Colorado and … Continued

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