WA NORML 2017 State of the Session Report (Part 2)

M. Bailey Hirschburg is a long time advocate of justice reform with expertise in drug policy and a focus on marijuana law. He is director of Thurston County NORML and was the south sound volunteer organizer for 2012's Initiative 502 which legalized and regulated adult marijuana use statewide.

What we lobbied for, What we got, and Will we be able to do it again? By Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: For the first time Washington NORML had a regular lobbyist in Olympia this year. The truth is NORML has almost always been staffed by volunteer activists. That’s what I was, at a NORML chapter in Read the full article…

WA NORML 2017 Cannabis Lobby Day at WA State Capital In Olympia Is March 7th

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WASHINGTON: The cannabis community in Washington is activating once again for the annual Lobby Day in Olympia.  This year’s theme is “Building Community Through Relationships” and Washington NORML is doing that by bringing together cannabis consumers and members of our legal industry to meet with lawmakers, according to Kevin Oliver, executive director of WANORML. “We will be discussing 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…

The Wink In Weed: Leap Day Cannabis Industry Report

Crystal Oliver, Washington's Finest Cannabis, was a featured presenter at MJBA Spokane's February meetup.

By David Rheins Happy Leap Day.  The last two weeks of February have been such a whirlwind of hyperactivity for myself and Team MJBA that I need the extra day to tell you all about it. On February 17th, MJBA Seattle presented, “Managing Your 502 Business,” a two-hour business boot camp designed to provide Washington’s Read the full article…

MJBA Spokane Moves To New Home With May Meetup

According to company leaders, Blue Roots utilizes a Vertically Integrated Continuous Cultivation System (VICCS)®, which allows the producer to maintain a continual harvest schedule in an efficient and hyper controlled environment, while increasing capacity without increasing the overall footprint.

By Morgan WASHINGTON: More than three dozen leading cannabis industry professionals turned out this week for May monthly meetup of MJBA Spokane this week.  The regular meeting was the first at MJBA’s new location – Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar. The upscale restaurant elegantly situated lakeside created a welcoming environment for cannabis entrepreneurs looking for information, community and Read the full article…

How Sexy Is It To Be A Marijuana Farmer?

Commercial cannabis farmers discuss the lifestyle challenges of being a large scale marijuana producer.

WASHINGTON:  Last Sunday saw the second MJBA Job Fair held at the Red Lion in Bellevue. Cannabis business industry leaders and enthusiastic job seekers converged for a day of networking and guest speakers. One of the speaker panels featured Washington commercial cannabis farmers who discussed the challenges of having a large marijuana farm and running a Read the full article…

Q&A With WA NORML Executive Director Kevin Oliver

it seems rather elitist for dispensary owners and their suppliers, who either didn’t win a sweepstakes for a retail storefront or opted out of the license application process altogether, to suggest that the estimated103,000 patients with a valid doctors recommendation in this state, (only a percentage of whom actually use dispensaries), will not be adequately serviced without them –especially when another few hundred legally licensed retail stores are going to be opened up this year with tons of high quality marijuana stocking their shelves.

WASHINGTON: As the so-called long session begins in Olympia, all eyes in Washington’s cannabis turn toward possible tweaks to I-502 licensed businesses and the future of medical marijuana.  MJ News Network asked Washington NORML’s Executive Director Kevin Oliver to give his predictions on what the coming year portends for Washington’s cannabis community. Q: Many I-502 licensees complain Read the full article…

Washington’s Bumpy Start Selling Pot Was A ‘Dress Rehersal’; Now It’s Ready For The Big Time

To date (as of early January), the state has generated more than $17.7 million in excise taxes from the sale of marijuana.

WASHINGTON:  Washington has stumbled a few times in implementing Initiative-502, which legalized the use and sale, as well as taxation, of recreational marijuana. The Evergreen State and Colorado were the first states in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana, in the November 2012 elections. Washington’s first legal marijuana sale occurred in July 2014. Criticism over Washington’s implementation of I-502 began Read the full article…

WANORML Gets Slightly Stoopid

Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond
Slightly Stoopid
with Stephen "RAGGA" Marley, G. Love & Special Sauce
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 - 5:30PM

WASHINGTON: For years, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has been working hard to establish pot smokers as, well, normal. So what’s the Washington chapter of the venerable organization doing sponsoring the ‘Slightly Stoopid’ tour?  Is this a smarter sponsorship than the appellation might suggest?  MJ Headline News asked Executive Director Kevin Read the full article…