The Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA) met this week with federal officials to discuss “Implications Of Federal Legislation”. Marijuana Moment picked up on the various conversations 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 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. “Obviously we all know from our experiences what has worked in state regulatory environments—probably more importantly what hasn’t worked—and we want to lend that perspective,” he added. Product labeling, testing, and promoting social and economic equity are some of those issues that were discussed. The conversation also touched on legislation to protect banks that service state-legal marijuana businesses from being penalized by federal regulators.
Sean Hocking, Cannabis Law Report, 06/27/2021 01:01:00