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 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 – Board Caucus (November 13, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 13th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson updated the board on cannabis legislative topics which could emerge in the 2019 session (audio). Thompson anticipated advocates may propose bills on social use, availability of medically compliant products, excise tax exemption for patients, … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (November 6, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 6th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Russ Hauge describes a “calm before the storm,” with few actions taken but significant events fast approaching (audio). The Spokane Tribe is interested in entering into a cannabis compact with the state. Nine of Washington’s 29 federally-recognized tribes … Continued

WSLCB Wednesday Meeting Summary (Oct 31, 2018)

Here are some observations from the October 31st WSLCB Board Meeting and the Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: During Wednesday’s Board Meeting, action was taken on several cannabis items. The Board adopted a revision of their interim policy which enables licensees to phase-in the packaging and labeling (PAL) rule requirements adopted in … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (September 11, 2018)

Here are some observations from the September 11th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Chris Thompson, WSLCB Director of Legislative Affairs, requested Board approval to move forward on the agency’s five legislative requests for the 2019 session, including a bill to expand the agency’s authority to define and implement mandatory budtender training (transcript, audio). … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (August 21, 2018)

Here are some observations from the August 21st WSLCB Board Caucus. In preparation for the subsequent Board Meeting, WSLCB Policy and Rules Coordinator Joanna Eide briefed the Board on the 2018 cannabis legislation rules package (transcript, audio). Eide explained that CBD product obtained from sources not licensed under WAC 314-55 and previously tested by the … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (August 07, 2018)

Here are some observations from Tuesday’s WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: The Board intends to open rulemaking on cannabis testing requirements and medical products (transcript, audio). Sufficient momentum has developed around the subject of pesticide testing of adult-use products to open rulemaking.  Policy and Rules Coordinator Joanna Eide has been speaking to Colorado … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (July 31, 2018)

Here are some observations from Tuesday’s WSLCB Board Caucus (July 31, 2018). My top 3 takeaways: Updates from WSLCB Policy and Rules Coordinator Joanna Eide (transcript, audio). The Board signed off on a final response to the True Party of Interest (TPI) petition it recently received (Board Decision). The reply to attorney Orion Inskip from … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (July 17, 2018)

Cannabis Data was unable to observe this Board Caucus. We have prepared takeaways and linked supplemental material using documents secured through public records request. My top 3 takeaways: The Board received an update on the retail license forfeiture program and the upcoming deadline for non-operational retailers. WSLCB Director of Licensing and Regulation Becky Smith said … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (July 24, 2018)

Here are some observations from Tuesday’s WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: An official WSLCB email was sent to a retail licensee offering an extension to the license forfeiture deadline without Board approval. On Friday (July 20), an email was sent to a licensee by WSLCB staff effectively offering an extension beyond the August … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (July 10, 2018)

Here are some observations from the July 13th WSLCB Board Caucus meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board discussed the strong reaction to the hidden ownership amnesty program proposal.(transcript, audio). The discussion of a proposed hidden ownership amnesty program at the June 27th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting (transcript, audio) provoked a response from licensees … Continued