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. 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 House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Meeting (February 19, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday February 19th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1974, “Establishing the Washington cannabis commission.” Committee Staff Kyle Raymond briefed the committee (audio – 5m, video); from the Bill Analysis: Establishes the Washington Cannabis … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Meeting (February 18, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Monday February 18th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee (COG) public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1963, “Concerning financial arrangements regarding licensed marijuana businesses.” Staff Counsel Peter Clodfelter summarized the bill’s impacts (audio – 2m, video); from the Bill Analysis: … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Executive Sessions (February 14, 2019)

Here are some observations of executive sessions for cannabis bills across several Washington State Legislature committees on February 14, 2019. My top 4 takeaways: The House Commerce and Gaming Committee moved Substitute House Bill 1794 out of committee with a “do pass” recommendation, but did not take action on HB 1236 or HB 1466. HB … Continued

Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee – Public Meeting (February 12, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 12th Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee (LAW) public hearing on SB 5605, “Concerning misdemeanor marijuana offense convictions.”  SB 5605 is the companion bill to HB 1500; the first public hearing for that bill was hosted by the House Public Safety Committee on February 5th. My top … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Bills (February 11, 2019) – HB 1945 – “Concerning sales and sampling of marijuana.”

Here are some observations about HB 1945, a new bill in Washington’s state legislature “Concerning sales and sampling of marijuana.” The bill was drafted by Cannabis Observer Bailey Hirschburg in his role as a volunteer with Washington NORML with consultation from licensees and industry representatives. My top takeaways: Legislation to enable direct sales by some … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Hearing (February 7, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 7th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee (COG) public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1794, “Concerning agreements between licensed marijuana businesses and other people and businesses, including royalty and licensing agreements relating to the use of intellectual property.” Committee … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (February 6, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 6th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Executive Management Team public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson updated the Board and staff on the agency’s request legislation, as well as other cannabis bills (audio – 18m). The most recent public update … Continued

Washington State House Public Safety Committee – Public Hearing (February 5, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 5th Washington State House Public Safety Committee (PS) Public Hearing for HB 1500, “Concerning misdemeanor marijuana offense convictions.” My top 3 takeaways: The Office of Program Research briefed members on HB 1500 and lawmakers shared their perspectives on the bill (audio – 3m, video). From the House Bill … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Hearing (February 4, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 4th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee (COG) afternoon meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1238, “Authorizing marijuana retailers to sell certain products and merchandise.” HB 1238 is the companion bill to SB 5201; the first public hearing for that … Continued

Washington State Senate Labor and Commerce Committee – Public Hearing (January 31, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 31st Washington State Senate Labor and Commerce Committee morning meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Committee hosted a public hearing for SB 5155, “Allowing residential marijuana agriculture.” SB 5155 is the companion bill to HB 1131; the first public hearing for that bill was in the House Commerce … Continued