As efforts to pass cannabis reform in Congress multiply, so, too, do cannabis groups. The newest group, launched Tuesday, is called the Cannabis Freedom Alliance. As perhaps suggested by the name, the group leans Libertarian, and its founding members include the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity and the Reason Foundation. The group aims not only to end federal cannabis prohibition but to do so “in a manner consistent with helping all Americans achieve their full potential and limiting the number of barriers that inhibit innovation and entrepreneurship in a free and open market.” This includes pushing for “competitive” and “reasonable” tax rates. (The Kochs have long supported legalization, in particular from a states’ rights perspective, though this is the closest they’ve come to an effort to shape the national industry.) Just last month, a group with backing from major alcohol (Molson Coors) and tobacco (Altria) companies launched, called the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation.

Nushin Rashidian, Cannabis Wire, 04/06/2021 20:00:00

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