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 Council focused on agency and member legislative goals for the 2020 session, and heard an update on WSLCB activity mitigating the vapor associated lung injury health scare.
The Board adopted new PAL rules which go into effect January 1st and tier 1 producer canopy was primed for expansion in 2020.
The Board prepared to open rulemaking to expand tier 1 canopy, finalize the latest round of packaging and labeling rules, and sign a cannabis compact with the Nisqually Indian Tribe.
A public hearing for packaging and labeling rules elicited consistent feedback, substantial vapor product rules were adopted, and wide-ranging public comments concluded the meeting.
The Board prepared for Wednesday’s packaging and labeling (PAL) hearing, rejected a petition for rulemaking on processor service arrangements, and addressed many other subjects.
Agency leadership heard a substantial legislative update in the run up to the 2020 session and hints about the agency’s shifting vision of cannabis supply chain traceability.
No one showed up to testify at the public hearing about the WSLCB’s substantial expansion of licensing and enforcement authority over non-THC vapor product licensees.
Board members reported the Tribal Advisory Council was poised for demotion, the Cannabis 2.0 project had lost momentum, and vapor product regulation continued to cloud the horizon.
The Board advanced the Cannabis Penalties rulemaking project, heard an update on open and future rulemaking projects, and learned about the practice of juicing cannabis leaves.
The Board prepared to move the Cannabis Penalties rulemaking project forward, denied a petition to expand canopy for tier 1 producers, and confirmed home delivery wasn’t legal.