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 Board discussed craft cannabis, representation of patient perspectives, and Portland’s equity program.
The team reviewed the first interagency meeting of the WSLCB’s Cannabis 2.0 project and assessed delays updating Washington State’s version of MJ Freeway’s Leaf Data Systems.
The Board adopted an interim policy on cannabinoid additives, heard a cannabis rulemaking timeline, and listened to public comment on the failings of the state traceability vendor, MJ Freeway.
The Board prepared to adopt a new interim policy on cannabinoid additives, discussed Cannabis 2.0, and reacted to Seattle Hempfest’s lawsuit.
A new packaging and labeling rulemaking project was initiated; a timeline for all open rulemaking projects was presented; and the Board heard calls to focus on medical cannabis and evidence-based rulemaking.
Details on the new packaging and labeling rulemaking project and the Board reacts to news that a high-profile Tier 1 producer/processor is leaving the market.
Hemp has sown new policy questions and an update on agency enforcement reform.
Industry stakeholders were not enthusiastic about a hypothetical laboratory license.
Meet the new public health and prevention community liaison at the WSLCB.
All eleven cannabis-related bills passed by the legislature were signed into law without change or veto by the Governor.