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.
The Washington State Department of Ecology launched the Cannabis Science Task Force to assist in the methodical migration of authority for testing lab accreditation from the WSLCB.
“Rumors” of WSLCB plans to help smaller operators came to light along with coverage alleging burglaries of licensees could be planned with public information published by the agency.
Retailers gained a 6-month extension to their deadline enabling sales of cannabis products in formerly-compliant packaging through January 1, 2021.
The Board prepared for its road trip to Bothell, learned about pyrethrins, and inserted itself into a process of legal interpretation occurring in the Enforcement division.
The Board reviewed stakeholder meetings on agency rulemaking projects and considered how to on-board an economist.
Agency leadership discussed the Regulators Roundtable, progress on restructuring the Enforcement Division, and preparations for the legislative session.
The Board heard a rulemaking update and public testimony on the burdens of compliance with the new packaging and labeling rules, traceability, and retail in Centralia.
The Board reviewed the Washington SunGrowers Industry Association Annual Meeting and received a cannabis rulemaking update.
Updates on hemp, traceability, agency request legislation, and the legislatively-directed interim study on taxation of cannabis by potency.
A new Board Interim Policy provided formal clearance for licensees and their software integrators to workaround unresolved issues in MJ Freeway’s seed-to-sale platform.