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 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.

WSLCB – Special Board Meeting (July 17, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday July 17th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Special Board Meeting. This was a normal agency board meeting designated “special” as it was planned outside the bi-weekly cadence; next week’s board meeting on July 24th has been cancelled. My top 3 takeaways: The Board extended interim policies, … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (July 16, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday July 16th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Chair Jane Rushford briefly noted “there were some considerations” which were keeping Deputy Director Megan Duffy from providing an update on the traceability system re-launch; the agency and its vendor MJ Freeway … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (July 10, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday July 10th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Executive Management Team public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Agency leadership hosted a long discussion on small business opportunities for cannabis licensees (audio – 37m). This conversation followed up on the work session held during the May 1st Executive … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (July 9, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday July 9th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman provided new information on cannabis rulemaking projects and a planned special board meeting on July 17th (audio – 12m). Hoffman’s last rulemaking update was at the June … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (June 25, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday June 25th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Director Rick Garza informed the Board of his conversations with industry representatives about the Packaging and Labeling rulemaking project (audio – 7m). Packaging and Labeling (PAL) has been a high-profile topic since the agency abruptly re-interpreted rules on marijuana … Continued

WSLCB – Listen and Learn Forum (April 9, 2019)

Here are some observations from the April 9th WSLCB Listen and Learn Forum on the Quality Assurance Testing and Product Requirements rulemaking project. Today at 1:30pm, WSLCB will host a follow-up forum to gather additional feedback from the regulated community. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman and consultant Debbie Rough-Mack … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (June 18, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday June 18th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Russ Hauge spoke about his continuing efforts to define and support “craft cannabis” businesses (audio – 6m). For some time, Hauge has voiced an interest in helping smaller licensees and treating cannabis similar to Washington’s craft wineries … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (June 12, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday June 12th WSLCB Executive Management Team public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Staff shared their observations about the first interagency meeting of the WSLCB’s Cannabis 2.0 project (audio – 19m). The Cannabis 2.0 project (C2.0) was a key subject of the previous day’s Board Caucus. Board Chair Jane … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (June 12, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday June 12th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board approved an interim policy suspending the requirement that cannabinoid additives from outside the regulated marketplace be entered into the traceability system (audio – 7m, video). Board Interim Policy 12-2019 was discussed the previous day during the Board … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (June 11, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday June 11th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Facing traceability challenges, the Board prepared to adopt a new interim policy on cannabinoid additives to marijuana products. WSLCB Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman walked board members through the conflict between the agency’s rules on usage of cannabinoid … Continued