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.

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (March 6, 2019)

Here are some observations from the March 6th WSLCB Executive Management Team (EMT) public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Director Rick Garza discussed the agency’s response to the Enforcement restructuring bills, SB 5318 and HB 1237 (audio – 15m). Garza indicated that for the last month he had sought to understand legislation seeking to … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (March 6, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday March 6th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board approved the CR-102 for rulemaking on Mandatory Marijuana Signage following a presentation from Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman (audio – 4m). Hoffman had prepared the Board to approve her request to file the CR-102 during the … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Bill Updates (March 4, 2019)

Here are some observations of the Washington State Legislature’s activity on several cannabis bills which are still active after the fiscal committee cutoff was reached on Friday March 1st. My top 3 takeaways: SB 5298, “Regarding labeling of marijuana products,” was introduced for its second reading on the Senate floor but action was deferred on … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Bill Updates (February 25-28, 2019)

Here are some observations of the Washington State Legislature’s activity on several cannabis bills during the week starting Monday February 25th. After the policy committee cutoff was reached this past Friday February 22nd, attention turned to the winnowing of cannabis bills through the fiscal committees in each chamber before the next of several legislative deadlines … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Bills (February 25, 2019) – HB 1401 – “Concerning Hemp Production”

Here are some observations on the evolution of HB 1401, “Concerning hemp production,” a bill which would enable Washington farmers to participate in the federal hemp program authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill. My top 3 takeaways: On February 5th, the Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1401. … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Executive Sessions (February 20-21, 2019)

Here are some observations of executive sessions for cannabis bills and related activity across several Washington State Legislature committees on Wednesday February 20th and Thursday February 21st, 2019. My top 3 takeaways: On Wednesday, the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee moved substitute bills for SB 5318, SB 5298, and SB 5296. SB 5318 – “Reforming … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Meeting (February 19, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday February 19th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1974, “Establishing the Washington cannabis commission.” Committee Staff Kyle Raymond briefed the committee (audio – 5m, video); from the Bill Analysis: Establishes the Washington Cannabis … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Meeting (February 18, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Monday February 18th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee (COG) public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1963, “Concerning financial arrangements regarding licensed marijuana businesses.” Staff Counsel Peter Clodfelter summarized the bill’s impacts (audio – 2m, video); from the Bill Analysis: … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Executive Sessions (February 14, 2019)

Here are some observations of executive sessions for cannabis bills across several Washington State Legislature committees on February 14, 2019. My top 4 takeaways: The House Commerce and Gaming Committee moved Substitute House Bill 1794 out of committee with a “do pass” recommendation, but did not take action on HB 1236 or HB 1466. HB … Continued