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DC Exclusive Scoop: Cannabis Industry CEOs, Federal Lawmakers Lobby For Cannabis

By Javier Hasse

More than 20 cannabis industry CEOs attended the second US Cannabis Council CEO Summit in Washington DC just days ago to push for cannabis reform, including:

  • 1906
  • Area holdings
  • Akerna
  • Organic Anacostia
  • Bridge City Collective
  • canopy growth
  • Central Coast Agriculture/Raw Garden
  • The Cronos group
  • Culture
  • curafeuille
  • flower one
  • flow center
  • Forian
  • Greenlane Holdings
  • holistic industries
  • House plant
  • Live well
  • Proposed Marijuana Policy
  • PharmaCann
  • standard welfare
  • TrueGreen Global
  • Weed maps
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Senior executives from member firms Dutchie, Foley Hoag, Husch Blackwell and Vicente Sederberg were also present.

CEOs and their staff arrived Tuesday evening and held 60 meetings with Capitol Hill offices Wednesday and Thursday. They met with members of both parties and both houses, with a range of opinions on cannabis, from champions like Reps. Joyce and Perlmutter to current opponents of legalization.

Representative Nancy Mace met with the CEOs and spoke at the reception Wednesday evening. Many CEOs also attended two onsite fundraisers — one Democrat and one Republican, which were hosted by the campaigns.

What CEOs are saying

Canopy Growth CEO David Klein was “further encouraged by the bipartisan support for federal cannabis reform on Capitol Hill,” following discussions with key congressional stakeholders.

“What was most evident during our conversations was the shared responsibility we have to push forward legalization as we seek to revive the American economy and unlock the 1.2 million high-end jobs. quality that federal legalization can create,” he said.

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Jessica Billingsley, CEO of Akerna and President of the US Cannabis Council, added that these conversations about federal cannabis reform have shifted from “if” to “when” and “how” this eventuality will happen: “We are already working on strategies and specific legislative measures. short-term vehicles, followed by our longer-term goal of achieving full U.S. federal legalization and deprogramming of cannabis.

Christian Sederberg, founding partner of Vicente Sederberg LLP, also weighed in exclusively.

marijuana legalization
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“Members of Congress are better informed than ever on key cannabis policy issues. They know that the legal cannabis industry is now a major driver of jobs and commerce in many states across the country, and they appreciate the urgency of reform at the federal level. We were pleased to see that they were optimistic about the prospects for this session,” he said.

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Finally Kellen O’Keefe, CEO of Flower One, called for faster action.

“Now is the time to legalize and regulate cannabis. We have the support of the American people and need our elected officials in Washington to work together on progressive reform such as the Safe Banking Act,” O’Keefe said. “Our industry is the fastest growing industry, paying the most taxes, creating jobs and enriching communities around the world. It’s high time we got the support we need to make sure we can build a sustainable and equitable future for cannabis.

This article originally appeared on Benzinga and has been republished with permission.

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