State Marijuana Regulators Outline Policy Priorities As Congress Pursues Legalization

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A coalition of state marijuana regulators sent a letter to congressional leaders on Thursday, outlining cannabis policy priorities and offering assistance as lawmakers consider a number of reform proposals that are set to advance this session. The Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA) had made clear that it isn’t necessarily taking a position in favor of or against legalization, but it said in the letter that it stands by to “provide policy makers and regulatory agencies with the resources to make informed decisions when considering approaches to cannabis regulation.” Big day for CANNRA! We are pleased to officially welcome #California as our newest member. And, read our letter to Congress highlighting key #cannabis issues that impact state and federal cannabis priorities. — Cannabis Regulators Association (@CannRegulators) February 18, 2021 To that end, the group wanted to articulate “important areas of cannabis policy we believe warrant additional consideration from federal officials.” That includes issues related to protecting states that have legalized marijuana in some form, providing banking access to state-legal cannabis businesses, promoting research into marijuana, ensuring social and economic equity in legal markets and supporting public health initiatives. For example, CANNRA said Congress should consider reinstituting Obama-era Justice Department guidance that generally called for prosecutors to avoid interfering with the implementation of state marijuana laws. Or lawmakers could look to protections included as part of appropriations legislations that broadly protects state cannabis programs. The letter further states that marijuana banking protections would make “the entire cannabis industry more accessible, more transparent, and safer.” CANNRA added that ensuring quality control standards for marijuana products “should be aligned as much as possible across jurisdictions to effectively protect consumers,” as should laboratory testing requirements. “The purpose of this letter is to introduce our association as a resource, so that interested members of Congress may benefit…

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