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 Legislature – Committee Report Cutoff (April 9, 2019)

Tuesday April 9th was the last day to read in committee reports on bills from the opposite chamber. Of the twelve cannabis-related bills that passed the session’s house of origin cutoff, eleven bills remain in motion. WSLCB Enforcement Restructuring (SB 5318). Engrossed Substitute SB 5318 (ESSB 5318) was passed by the full Senate on March … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Cannabis Bill Activity (April 1-2, 2019)

Here are some observations of two cannabis bills still moving in the Washington State Legislature and a curious public hearing about a curious bill which was not heard to consider moving the bill. My top 3 takeaways: On Monday April 1st, the House Public Safety Committee hosted an executive session on SB 5605, “Concerning misdemeanor … 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 25-28, 2019)

Here are some observations of Washington State Legislature public meetings from Monday March 25th through Thursday March 28th. My top 3 takeaways: The House Commerce and Gaming Committee hosted a public hearing and executive session for SB 5276, “Concerning hemp production,” which saw the bill amended and passed. SB 5276 was granted a public hearing … 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

Washington State Legislature – Cannabis Bill Activity (March 18-21, 2019)

Here are some observations from several Washington State Legislature committee public meetings during the week of March 18-21, 2019 – and a glimpse of the week ahead. My top 3 takeaways: The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee hosted public hearings on two cannabis bills: HB 1794 (intellectual property) and HB 2052 (testing lab accreditation). HB … 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

Washington State Senate – Bills (March 18, 2019) – SB 5985 – “Concerning provisions impacting marijuana business licensees.”

Here are some observations about a new cannabis bill, SB 5985. This unusual bill was introduced on March 14th—the day after the house of origin cutoff—and attempts to revive parts of particular cannabis bills which were not moved by the usual means. My top 3 takeaways: SB 5985 may be designated necessary to implement the … Continued

Washington State Legislature – House of Origin Cutoff (March 13, 2019)

A critical deadline was passed on Wednesday March 13th: bills not passed by the chamber in which they were introduced cannot move further this year in their original form. Legislation which has made it past the cutoff will be considered in the other chamber. Only twelve out of fifty cannabis-related bills tracked by Cannabis Observer … Continued