A number of associations, advocacy groups and cannabis companies have created the US Cannabis Council (USCC), which they claim is the largest coalition of its kind, according to a press release released on Feb. 8.
According to its first press release, the goals of the non-profit organization 501 (c) 4 are to promote social and racial justice and to end the federal cannabis ban. The USCC says it will focus on federal reforms that achieve these goals above, as well as promoting a safe and fair cannabis market at the national level.
The USCC’s interim CEO is Steven Hawkins, who is also the executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, a founding member of the USCC. “USCC is a unified voice advocating the expropriation and legalization of cannabis,” said Hawkins. “Legalization at both state and federal levels must include provisions that ensure social justice and repair the damage caused to communities affected by the cannabis ban.”
In the press release, the representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is quoted as saying he is looking forward to working with the USCC on Capitol Hill. “As the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, I saw firsthand that our most successful cannabis victories were achieved by a team,” says Rep. Blumenauer. “That’s why I am delighted to see this unique alliance. We have a unique opportunity at the 117th Congress to move forward with cannabis reform, but we must unite to make the change that we know is possible. “
Founding members of the USCC include Acreage Holdings, Akerna Corp, the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp, Canopy Growth, the Cannabis Trade Federation, Cresco Labs, MedMen, the Marihuana Policy Project, PharmaCann, Vireo, Wana and many more. A full list of the founding members can be found on their website here.