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.
WSLCB Director Rick Garza spoke about restructuring agency enforcement and the Committee heard HB 2296 and HB 2300 regarding cannabidiol (CBD) products.
Public hearings on cannabis-related bills HB 2263 and HB 2361 filled the hearing room to capacity, and generated significantly more resistance than promotion.
Board members received training from the Executive Ethics Board and discussed the addition of a second patient representative to the Cannabis Advisory Council.
New details on the WSLCB’s legislative agenda, a Regulators Roundtable redux, plus an update on testing labs, the traceability contract, and the Hillard Heintze report.
The Board was treated to a sweeping survey of the agency’s prevention and public health efforts before a swift public hearing on the Cannabis Penalties rulemaking project.
The Board discussed the medical cannabis patient registry, reviewed allegations of unjust treatment from members of Black Excellence in Cannabis, and heard a rulemaking update.
Agency leadership learned about the Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) which provides perspective on alcohol, cannabis, and vapor product use by Washington children in grades 6-12.
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.