A coalition of state marijuana regulators met with federal officials and members of Congress this week to discuss the potential impact that national legalization and other cannabis policy changes could have on the local programs they oversee.
The Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA) organized the Wednesday meeting. While the group doesn’t take a position on legalization, it’s comprised of members whose states have ended prohibition and would be affected by any federal marijuana actions.
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Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dave Joyce (R-OH), both co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, spoke with the state regulators, in addition to staffers from other congressional offices. Representatives from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Food and Drug Administration and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau were also present.
Andrew Brisbo, executive director of the Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency, told Marijuana Moment that the federal officials were “very receptive” during the dialogue and recognized the state regulators as “willing to be good partners in their ongoing conversations.”
“I think the primary thing we wanted to get across is, as federal policymakers are engaged in conversations and thoughtfully considering how to approach federal policy reform, that it’s critical that state regulators have a seat at the table to share our perspective,” he said.
Earlier this week, the members of CANNRA (@CannRegulators) held our first official business meeting. Today we’ll meet with federal and elected officials to discuss implications federal cannabis legalization might have on state regulation. More info here: https://t.co/t5CyF7fkX9.
— Andrew Brisbo (@MRAexec) June 23,