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.
Cannabis 2.0 + Voluntary Budtender Training Program
Eleven cannabis-related bills have made it through both chambers of the legislature.
A quiet public hearing on Mandatory Marijuana Signage plus comments on homegrow and traceability in the Cannabis 2.0 project.
Legislative and regulatory updates, an upcoming work session on social equity, and Cannabis 2.0 planning.
11 cannabis-related bills remain in motion after Tuesday’s committee report deadline.
SB 5605 (vacating misdemeanor possession convictions) and SB 5298 (structure or function claims) are still moving, but SB 5985 was heard for other reasons.
Bills that address budtender penalties, intellectual property, and lab accreditation are still moving in the legislature.
The state’s new hemp program continues to move forward and two medical cannabis bills also received lawmaker attention.
House committees heard testimony on SB 5605 to vacate misdemeanor marijuana convictions and recommended a new version of SB 5318 to reform WSLCB enforcement powers.
Agency leadership focused its first EMT work session on Enforcement and “operational consistency.”