A coalition of marijuana organizations is rallying the business community to join them in asking governors from four key states to seek Justice Department guidance on interstate cannabis commerce. The Alliance for Sensible Markets campaign is currently circulating a sign-on letter for those interested in putting pressure on the governors of California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington to make the request. They want the Justice Department to explain what it would do if two or more legal states entered into an agreement to regulate commerce between them. As it stands, each state’s cannabis market is siloed within its own state borders. That means, for example, that marijuana sold and consumed in Massachusetts is also grown there instead of being grown in, say, California, where it might make more environmental sense to conduct outdoor cultivation. In the letter to governors that the groups will be sending, they said the issue would be largely resolved if marijuana is federally legalized. But “while federal legalization feels inevitable, it could still be years away.” In the interim, the Justice Department should weigh in with enforcement guidance, they said.
Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 11/19/2021 10:29:36