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.

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

WSLCB – Board Caucus (May 29, 2018)

Here are some observations from the June 1st WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Changes to Sampling Policies (transcript, audio).WSLCB Policy and Rules Coordinator Joanna Eide reported comments on modifying industry sampling guidelines have been largely positive. The WSLCB intends to limit “vendor samples” (from producers/processors to retailers) to staff with purchasing authority for … Continued

WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (May 22, 2018)

Here are some observations from Tuesday’s WSLCB Traceability Advisory Committee meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Gartner Consulting introduced the Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Project WSLCB has contracted to analyze the implementation of the traceability system and recommend next steps (transcript, audio).Gartner Consulting Managing Partner John Kastrinos explained they will prepare a “project health assessment” … Continued