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 and consults for regulators, licensees, and individuals. Bailey has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and lives in Lacey, Washington with his wife.
Agency leadership heard a substantial legislative update in the run up to the 2020 session and hints about the agency’s shifting vision of cannabis supply chain traceability.
No one showed up to testify at the public hearing about the WSLCB’s substantial expansion of licensing and enforcement authority over non-THC vapor product licensees.
Board members reported the Tribal Advisory Council was poised for demotion, the Cannabis 2.0 project had lost momentum, and vapor product regulation continued to cloud the horizon.
The Board advanced the Cannabis Penalties rulemaking project, heard an update on open and future rulemaking projects, and learned about the practice of juicing cannabis leaves.
The Board prepared to move the Cannabis Penalties rulemaking project forward, denied a petition to expand canopy for tier 1 producers, and confirmed home delivery wasn’t legal.
Agency leadership heard a substantial update on the legislative landscape for the 2020 session, and a licensee operating a cannabis delivery service garnered agency attention.
After months of effort by an external work group, the complete rewrite of I-502 violations and associated penalties elicited a total of two comments.
The Board adopted an interim policy to allow processors to extend credit for returns of banned products and approved the filing of proposed packaging and labeling rules.
The Board prepared to file new packaging and labeling proposed rules and adopt an interim policy to allow processors to extend credit for returns of banned products for a limited time.
The Board adopted additional emergency rules to implement the “flavored vapor products” ban and heard about the effects of the new prohibition on the cannabis industry.