Major Marijuana Coalition Forms To Coordinate Legalization Push, But Some Key Advocacy Players Aren’t Involved

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As Congress moves to legalize marijuana under the new Democratic majority, a large coalition of cannabis businesses and advocacy groups has formed in the hopes of advancing the issue this session. The United States Cannabis Council (USCC), which is being headed on an interim basis by Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) Executive Director Steven Hawkins, will advocate for federal legalization and promote social equity for the industry. The new outfit says it will present a “unified voice advocating for the descheduling and legalization of cannabis,” but the prevalence of mostly businesses among its membership—and the absence of some key advocacy and industry groups such as NORML, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) and National Cannabis Roundtable—has led some to wonder what specific policies USCC will be prioritizing and whether they will ultimately align with activists’ reform goals. While USCC stressed in its announcement and on its website that legalization and social equity will be principal goals, the fact that these important players are missing from the roster has left some skeptical about the notion that it will provide uniformity in how advocates address these issues. Agreed. Look at the makeup of this federal cannabis coalition. Who is at the table? Who’s been left out? As is, this coalition doesn’t represents the ideals of advocates on the ground fighting for equity. This group prob won’t ever say or define “reparations” in their advocacy. https://t.co/StQGF14jlQ — TauhidChappell (@TauhidChappell) February 8, 2021 Some have also questioned whether there’s a need to bring another coalition into the fold—especially one that is largely represented by existing private interests—as congressional leaders move to enact a federal marijuana policy change. “We’ve seen many organizations come and go over the years and the various…

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