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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 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

WSLCB – Board Caucus (June 04, 2019)

Here are some observations from the June 4th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Agency Director Rick Garza spoke about new agency efforts to coordinate with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) on hemp (audio – 6m). Garza started off by citing SB 5276 on hemp production and said many I-502 licensees had … Continued

WSLCB – Lab Licensure Listen and Learn Session (June 3, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Monday June 3rd WSLCB Lab Licensure Listen and Learn Session. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Marijuana Examiner Manager Kendra Hodgson introduced and led the session. Hodgson said the session was one of the agency’s “methods and modes of communication” with stakeholders and welcomed input beyond the event. She mentioned … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (May 21, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday May 21st WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: The board welcomed Sara Cooley Broschart as the agency’s new Public Health Education Liaison (audio – 11m). Cooley Broschart replaced the previous Public Health Education Liaison for WSLCB, Mary Segawa. In December of last year, Scott McCarty was introduced … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Executive Actions (May 17, 2019)

This will be our final update about 2019 cannabis legislation barring a significant change in either the state’s budget, or the convening of a special legislative session with implications for cannabis. During the 2019 session, Cannabis Observer relied on the bill information pages on the Washington State Legislature’s website to track bill activity. While we … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (May 15, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday May 15th WSLCB Executive Management Team public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The legislature appropriated $100K to WSLCB to perform and deliver an interim study on a variable cannabis excise tax rate pegged to product potency (audio – 19m). During roundtable discussion, Agency Director Rick Garza brought up … Continued