New hashish group tries to start out a unified message

On February 8th, the US Cannabis Council (USCC) started with the goal Bringing together various assemblies of the cannabis reform movement to develop a unified message. A number of major cannabis brands and advocacy groups are involved, and their destination is Capitol Hill, where federal cannabis promotions take place keeps brewing.

“We expect there will be significant cannabis reform at this meeting – hopefully this year,” said Steve Hawkins, USCC interim CEO. “This is the moment and that is why it is so important.”

The purpose of the USCC is to bring together the many other organizations currently involved in cannabis reform – from the Marijuana Policy Project to NORML to umbrella organizations like Human Rights Watch. While there is no segregation between these individual organizations, the lack of unity is a problem when it comes to fighting for cannabis legalization.

“The purpose of the US Cannabis Council is to bring a range of businesses together … to bring advocacy organizations together, associations, bring individuals together and truly have a unified voice that will ultimately push for the end of the ban and the provision of social justice,” explained Hawkins.

One of the first motivations for USCC was the fact that Democrats have taken control again from Capitol Hill – especially in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) have already spoken about legalizing cannabis.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have claimed they are not against legalization but are leaning more on it in favor of the federal decriminalization of cannabis.

The USCC plans to create a unified political agenda for the 117th Congress that they would like to submit to lawmakers. They have not yet decided whether or not to hire their own lobbyists.

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