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Read Up, Reach Out, And Help Reform Marijuana Laws

Read up, reach out, and help reform marijuana laws.

By Bailey Hirschburg, Legislative Associate, WA NORML PAC WASHINGTON: Tuesday, March 7th is our 2017 Cannabis Community Lobby Day in Olympia. Even if you aren’t able to join us, you can still help. Below are several bills that impact recreational and medical cannabis consumers and could be passed into law this year or early next Read the full article…

Four Things You Can Do To Help Legalize Home Growing In Washington

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By Bailey Hirschburg, Legislative Associate, Washington NORML PAC House Bill 1212, in the Washington state house, would legalize personal cultivation of up to six marijuana plants, keep as much as 24 harvested ounces in the home. It defelonizes sharing or gifting of marijuana up to one ounce, and allows patients/adults to have their harvested marijuana tested Read the full article…

Grow-less In Seattle: A Tale Of Two Home Growing Bills

Home grow is a good thing

By Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: If you’ve been following legalization in Washington,  you probably know that we’re the only one of the eight legal states (plus the District of Columbia) that does not allow adults to grow their own cannabis at home. Initiative 502′s authors decided to drop home grow, in an effort to broaden its appeal. Washington’s initiative Read the full article…

WA NORML Pac Lobbyist: Growing Opportunities For Cannabis Consumers

Bailey Hirschburg Lobbyist

By M. Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: It’s difficult asking people to get excited about lobbyists. Who can blame them? There are enough examples of lobbyists putting personal gain and access to power ahead of public good, or striking deals on issues they barely care about just to cash a paycheck. Still, I’m excited to be a Read the full article…

Defining Washington Hemp Politics Harder Than You Think

Substitute Senate Bill 5012, sponsored by Sen. Brian Hatfield (D-Raymond) passed unanimously in early February. The bill was changed by the state House's Committee on Commerce & Gaming, but in conversation's with legislators Beckerman is nearly certain a consensus version will reach Gov. Jay Inslee's desk this year. The issue has broad public support, but is a hot-potato when it comes to how it will be licensed.

Defining WA’s hemp politics, harder than you think. By Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: Industrial hemp legislation looks certain to pass after Washington’s state senate voted unanimously in favor of legislating the crop. After years as a low-priority issue, hemp is poised to join the agricultural community in a big way. Though many people worked on the Read the full article…

MJNN Exclusive: Bush’s Drug War At 25, Part IV

As we look to the next 25 years, the public today feels that the deadly bacteria eating our nation's soul is in fact, drug war politics. We're moving from a golden age of the drug war, to an age of reform. Low level drug arrests are widely criticized, random drug testing is viewed as needlessly invasive. Marijuana legalization is increasingly popular, as are sentencing, prison, and police reforms.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part four of a four part series that Mr. Hirschburg has written for MJ News Network, as part of our Cannabis Elections 2014 coverage. By Bailey Hirschburg Part IV: “…nothing but a handful of useless chemicals…” Following the addresses, Bush received a small bump in public approval, but it dissipated in the following weeks as Read the full article…

MJNN Exclusive: Bush’s Drug War At 25, Part III

"…the Republicans had established themselves as the party of hard drug policy and the Democrats were struggling to keep up. This explains why there were no major shifts in federal policy after the Democrats recaptured the White House in 1992."

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part three of a four part series that Mr. Hirschburg has written for MJ News Network, as part of our Cannabis Elections 2014 coverage. By Bailey Hirschburg Part III: “We need is another D-Day, not another Vietnam…” A major obstacle for President Bush at this time was the deficit. A popular pledge in his Read the full article…

MJNN Exclusive: Bush’s Drug War At 25, Part II

ush lauded his ONDCP director, Bill Bennett. The drug czar, explained the administration's budget in even starker terms to reporters days before, "crack is worse than taxes," Bennett said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two of a four part series that Mr. Hirschburg has written for MJ News Network, as part of our Cannabis Elections 2014 coverage. By Bailey Hirschburg Part II: “…crack is worse than taxes… “Fortunately for the president, the drug war was a top priority for Congress. The Byrne Justice Grant program enacted in Read the full article…

MJNN Exclusive: Bush’s Drug War at 25

U.S. President George H. Bush holds up a copy of the National Drug Control Strategy during a meeting with White House Chief of Staff John Sununu in the Oval Office, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1989 in Washington. Bush will address the nation on television Tuesday when he will ask Americans to join in the war against narcotics.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part one of a four part series that Mr. Hirschburg has written for MJ News Network, as part of our Cannabis Elections 2014 coverage. By Bailey Hirschburg “Good evening. This is the first time since taking the oath of office that I felt an issue was so important, so threatening, that Read the full article…

Legal Lacey: Retail Access Takes Root In Washington.

"Uh, hello I'm Bailey Hirschburg with the local chapter of NORML, we campaigned hard for I-502, and we just wanted to thank you for taking the chance and starting a store in our town. Oh, and we got you these marijuana cufflinks and pin." Chad's face, at first kind of scared when I just started talking, relaxed as he took the items from me. "Now, no more delays, lets get this place open!"

By Bailey Hirschburg The opening of Thurston County’s first cannabis retailer puts legal access one town over from the state capitol of Olympia. As many as 500 people showed up over 420 Carpenter’s first day, some before 8 a.m. The press was minimal, there was no ribbon cutting, only an introduction by the licensee, events Read the full article…