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 Hearing (January 28, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 28th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee public hearing. My top 3 takeaways: The Committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1237, “Reforming the compliance and enforcement provisions for marijuana licensees.” Committee Counsel Peter Clodfelter walked committee members through the legislation (audio – 2m, video). From the … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (January 23, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 23rd WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board delayed action on rulemaking regarding changes to mandatory marijuana signage (audio – 1m, video). The CR-102 to update the signs licensees must post on licensed premises had been scheduled for approval but was postponed. As recently as the … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Hearing (January 21, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 21st Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee public hearing for the home grow bill. My top 3 takeaways: Committee staff outlined HB 1131, an act relating to residential marijuana agriculture, and Representative Brian Blake, the bill sponsor, offered brief remarks to his fellow Committee members. Washington State … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (January 15, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 15th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Members reviewed their experiences during the agency trip to Spokane earlier this month. Members were broadly complimentary of the facts and opinions shared with them at the board meeting in Spokane on January 9th. Board Chair Jane Rushford planned … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Work Session (January 14, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 14th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee work session. My top 3 takeaways: Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) staff briefed lawmakers on a history and current state of Washington’s cannabis market (video, slidedeck). Director Rick Garza guided committee members through a background of the law, … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Bills (January 14, 2019) – “Allowing residential marijuana agriculture.”

Here are some observations about new legislation in Washington’s state legislature to legalize adult home growing of cannabis. My top takeaways: Home growing of cannabis legislation was prefiled in both chambers: HB 1131 in the House and SB 5155 in the Senate. They are “companion bills” meaning both versions are currently identical. As currently written, … Continued

Office of Governor Jay Inslee – Washington State Cannabis Summit (January 04, 2019)

Here are some observations from Governor Jay Inslee’s address on Friday January 4th at the Washington State Cannabis Summit hosted by The Cannabis Alliance. My top 3 takeaways: Governor Inslee announced the Marijuana Justice Initiative, a special pardon program for state misdemeanor cannabis convictions operated by his office (audio – 9m, video). Governor Inslee’s description … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (January 2, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 2nd WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson provided a legislative update describing the agency’s request legislation and legislative committee assignments for the 2019 session (audio – 12m). Agency request legislation for an alcohol promoter permit; budtender training; enforcement uniformity; … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (December 19, 2018)

Here are some observations from the December 19th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB leadership discussed a new “Policy Analysis Framework” intended to strengthen the agency’s legislative and regulatory decision-making processes. Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson introduced the framework indicating it evolved from an “Appropriate Access Project” begun earlier in … Continued