Rising marijuana regulatory teams are placing stress on Congress


February 18, 2021

The Cannabis Regulators Association, a recently formed but potentially influential group in the marijuana industry, welcomed an overseer of the country’s largest MJ market and pushed Congress to make six major reform calls.

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control Thursday became the newest member of the Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA), a non-partisan group formed last November.

Members exchange information, “develop more consistency in all government frameworks” and “support federal, state and local jurisdictions that have approved or are considering legalizing cannabis.”

The group is already trying to toss their weight around.

In a February 18 letter to Congress, CANNRA outlined its political priorities, including:

  • Reinstatement of the Cole Memorandum. The Cole Memo was overturned in 2018 by former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and provided protection from state enforcement for state legal cannabis programs or otherwise.
  • Facilitating access to banking and other traditional financial services.
  • Finding Removal of Federal Barriers to Cannabis Research.
  • Coordinate product safety standards in all state jurisdictions.
  • Industry-wide standardized laboratory tests.
  • Supporting strategies and programs to promote social justice in the industry.

In its letter to federal lawmakers, CANNRA stated that “many of these reforms would provide substantial support to jurisdictions that legalize and responsibly regulate approved forms of cannabis.

“CANNRA supports changes to federal law that would strengthen supervision and increase legal certainty.”

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