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 - Executive Management Team (September 11, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday September 11th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Executive Management Team public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Agency leadership discussed the announcement by public health officials that a person in King County may have been the first case of a vaping-related lung illness in Washington (audio – … Continued

WSLCB - Board Caucus (September 10, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday September 10th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Ollie Garrett described a meeting with the Department of Commerce regarding WSLCB’s proposed cannabis social equity program (audio – 4m). Director Rick Garza mentioned an upcoming meeting with the Department of … Continued

WSLCB - Executive Management Team (September 4, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday September 4th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Executive Management Team public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: A new petition for rulemaking regarding cannabis transportation rules was received by the agency (audio – 21m). Cannabis Observer requested and published two petitions which were brought forward and denied … Continued

WSLCB - Executive Management Team (August 28, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Thursday August 28th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Executive Management Team public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Agency leadership moved from concepts to particulars in their review of next year’s social equity and medical/small producer agency request legislation (audio – 28m). Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson’s … Continued

DOE - Cannabis Science Task Force Steering Committee (August 21, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday August 21st Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) Cannabis Science Task Force (CSTF) Steering Committee meeting. My top 3 takeaways: CSTF Chair Annette Hoffmann welcomed the task force members who introduced themselves in turn. Hoffmann introduced herself as the newly hired Program Manager of the Department of Ecology’s … Continued

WSLCB - Board Caucus (August 27, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday August 27th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: The Board engaged in more discussion about how to assist smaller operators while agency staff emailed conceptual legislation to stakeholders (audio – 13m). Board Member Russ Hauge spoke about his continuing efforts to … Continued

WSLCB - Board Meeting (August 21, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday August 21st Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Board Meeting hosted in Mobius Hall at Cascadia College in Bothell. My top 3 takeaways: A new board interim policy was adopted to extend the deadline for retailers to “sell down” products with packaging or labeling approved under the … Continued

WSLCB - Board Caucus (August 20, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday August 20th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: The Board conducted final preparations for ancillary gatherings associated with the agency trip to Bothell and its centerpiece Board Meeting. Prevention Roundtable. Board Chair Jane Rushford looked forward to a meeting of prevention … Continued

WSLCB - Board Caucus (August 13, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday August 13th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways, plus a bonus takeaway at the end: The Board reviewed stakeholder workgroup meetings, signaling WSLCB’s intentions for multiple rulemaking projects (audio – 13m). WSLCB Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman’s last rulemaking update … Continued

WSLCB - Executive Management Team (August 7, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday August 7th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Executive Management Team public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Agency leadership heard reports from the Regulators Roundtable (audio – 21m). Around 70 cannabis regulators convened in Alaska on July 22nd, with 27 jurisdictions from the US and Canada represented. … Continued