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.
The committee heard a strongly endorsed cannabis intellectual property bill and passed the WSLCB budtender permit bill out of committee.
Agency leadership shared a lengthy legislative update and tales from the North American Cannabis Summit.
Lawmakers heard HB 1500 which would allow for vacation of misdemeanor cannabis possession convictions.
Lawmakers considered allowing retailers to sell branded merchandise and CBD products with < 0.3% THC during HB 1238’s public hearing.
Public hearings on 5 cannabis bills, including SB 5155 on home grow legalization and SB 5318 on WSLCB enforcement reforms.
The House committee hosted public hearings for three cannabis bills: HB 1237, HB 1236, and HB 1289.
WSLCB delayed moving forward on marijuana signage changes to “make that even stronger” and plans two more board meetings outside Olympia in 2019.
The House Commerce and Gaming Committee heard testimony in favor of and against legalized home grows.
After updates on rulemaking and legislation, the Cannabis Advisory Council hosted a lively and wide-ranging discussion about how WSLCB can help the market.
A long, strange trip to Spokane – and the producer canopy rulemaking is revived.