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.
Senators heard a status report on the social equity task force, concerns from past and prospective applicants, and a rebuttal from WSLCB staff on licensing decision making.
During a panel on medical cannabis, Senate President Pro Tempore Karen Keiser announced previous legislation to make cannabis more affordable for medical patients would be reintroduced.
Legislators heard an update from WSLCB leadership on their COVID-19 response and seemed eager to support legislation to more permanently encode some temporary alcohol allowances.
State and local officials as well as cannabis industry stakeholders discussed the Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force, excise taxes on medical marijuana, and a cannabis research commission.
Four retail allotments were on the table as Lynnwood City Council members began discussion of their jurisdictional ban on cannabis businesses in place since June 2015.
Board members reviewed feedback from the recent special board meeting and approved a cannabis compact with the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation.
The WSLCB Board and Policy and Rules team heard strong criticisms of the supplemental Quality Control Testing and Product Requirements rule proposal from many stakeholders.
In addition to advocacy training, participants learned about future WSLCB rulemaking on advertising, a draft Delta-8-THC policy change, and the Cannabis Regulators Association.
Policy and Rules staff prepared the Board for Wednesday’s formal rulemaking, but members had little to say.
Task force members received a data briefing to assist in elaboration of qualifying criteria for cannabis social equity applicants residing in “disproportionately impacted areas.”