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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.

Washington State Legislature – Executive Actions (May 10, 2019)

Washington’s regular legislative session adjourned sine die on Sunday April 28th. A special legislative session has not been called by Governor Jay Inslee. Throughout the 2019 session, Cannabis Observer summarized legislative activity on cannabis-related bills including the house of origin, committee report, opposite house, and sine die cutoffs; and executive actions as of last Friday. … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (May 1, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday May 1st WSLCB Executive Management Team (EMT) public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: This week’s “collaboration project report” combined changes in retail licensing with extensive discussion about increasing social equity in Washington’s cannabis marketplace (audio – 2m). The Board last discussed preparations for the work session during the … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Executive Actions (May 3, 2019)

Washington’s regular legislative session adjourned sine die on Sunday April 28th. A special legislative session is unlikely to be called by Governor Jay Inslee as the budget was passed. Throughout the 2019 session, Cannabis Observer summarized legislative activity on cannabis-related bills including the house of origin, committee report, opposite house, and sine die cutoffs. We’ve … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (May 1, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday May 1st WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 2 takeaways: The Board adopted final revised rules for mandatory marijuana signage (audio – 4m). See Cannabis Observer’s coverage of the public hearing on the CR-102 draft rules and the preparatory discussion during the previous day’s Board Caucus. Policy and Rules … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (April 30, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday April 30th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Russ Hauge led a lengthy follow up discussion on the recent Tribal Advisory Council meeting (audio – 30m). See Cannabis Observer’s coverage of the April 24th Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) meeting. Hauge shared his general impression that … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Sine Die Approaches (April 26, 2019)

Sunday April 28th is the last day of Washington’s regular legislative session, traditionally called Sine Die. The Legislative Information Center’s “Guide to Lawmaking” describes it this way: “Sine Die is a longstanding tradition in the legislature that either occurs when both chambers are completely finished with legislative business or at midnight on the last day … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (April 23, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday April 23rd WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Chair Jane Rushford described the kickoff meeting of the agency’s Cannabis 2.0 project (audio – 31m). Rushford first publicly mentioned the Cannabis 2.0 project in late November.  Originally planned for launch in early February, the initiative was postponed … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Opposite House Cutoff (April 17, 2019)

Wednesday April 17th was the last day to pass bills through the opposite chamber (with exceptions). Eleven cannabis-related bills that passed the session’s house of origin cutoff remain in motion – including one bill Cannabis Observer considered inactive after the committee report cutoff. Here are some observations of the cannabis-related bills which have passed both … Continued

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