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 - Board Meeting (April 17, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday April 17th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board hosted a public hearing on Mandatory Marijuana Signage led by Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman (audio – 2m, video). Board Members approved filing the CR-102 at the March 6th Board Meeting. On April 17th, Hoffman presented … Continued

WSLCB - Board Caucus (April 16, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday April 16th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Agency Director Rick Garza discussed legislative and regulatory activity (audio – 23m). At the legislature, Garza had been closely watching activity on the state budget and noted the House and Senate weren’t in agreement on the agency’s budget allocation. … Continued

Washington State Legislature - Cannabis Bill Activity (March 28 - April 2, 2019)

Here are some observations of cannabis bills still moving in the Washington State Legislature. My top 3 takeaways: This week, the Senate Law and Justice Committee hosted a public hearing and executive session for HB 1792, “Concerning criminal penalties applicable to licensed marijuana retailers and employees of marijuana retail outlets.” See details on the bill’s … Continued

Washington State Legislature - Cannabis Bill Activity (March 25-26, 2019)

Here are some observations from Monday March 25th and Tuesday March 26th Washington State Legislature public meetings. My top 3 takeaways: The House Public Safety Committee hosted a public hearing for SB 5605, “Concerning misdemeanor marijuana offense convictions.” See details on the Senate policy committee public hearing and executive session, and the Senate fiscal committee … Continued

WSLCB - Executive Management Team (March 20, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday March 20th WSLCB Executive Management Team public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Agency leadership hosted an Enforcement Program Update and Team Discussion. The “work session” format was a recent change to Executive Management Team (EMT) meetings and WSLCB Enforcement reform has been an important topic in recent agency … Continued

WSLCB - Board Caucus (March 19, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday March 19th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Ollie Garrett initiated discussion about legislation relevant to the agency and related media coverage (audio – 11m). Noting the failure of the agency’s request legislation to establish a mandatory budtender permit (HB 1370 / SB 5678), Garrett … Continued