• February 9, 2017

    Westword: Jeff Sessions’s Confirmation Spurs Pot Biz Pain, GOP Pleasure, Immigration Worries

    Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, among the oldest and largest marijuana business organizations, resisted the temptation to hit the panic button in his own interview with Westword on the topics of Sessions and Trump. “Both Mr. Trump and Mr. Sessions have routinely said they support states’ rights on…

  • February 8, 2017

    Marijuana Business Daily: U.S. Senate confirms cannabis critic Jeff Sessions as AG

    Aaron Smith, the executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, said in a prepared statement, “We look forward to Attorney General Sessions maintaining the current federal policy of respect for legal, regulated cannabis programs in the states, and we will work with him to do that. “That policy, as outlined by the Cole Memo,…

  • February 6, 2017

    Hempyreum: CANNABIS TRADE ASSOCIATION FOCUSES ON CULTIVATION WITH SEED TO SALE SHOW

    The national movement to legalize cannabis isn’t slowing down in the new Trump era. NCIA, the National Cannabis Industry Association, went full-throttle with its first-ever Seed to Sale Show in Denver this past week. The NCIA is the largest cannabis trade association representing legal cannabis businesses in the U.S., and they pride themselves on the…

  • February 2, 2017

    Westword: NCIA Director Discusses National Cannabis Priorities at Seed to Sale Show in Denver

    Advocacy for cannabis at the national level is more important now than ever before, said Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, as he opened NCIA’s Seed to Sale Show on January 31. NCIA ensures that cannabis-industry professionals have a voice and a seat at the table in Washington D.C., Smith noted…

  • February 1, 2017

    The Hill: Marijuana lobby goes mainstream

    On Tuesday, the National Cannabis Industry Association kicked off a two-day Seed to Sale trade show in Denver, focusing on business practices for producers and retailers. The group’s first trade show several years ago attracted 800 participants; this year, they expect 2,000 vendors — and 4,000 to 5,000 at the annual Cannabis Business Summit and…

  • February 1, 2017

    Yahoo News: Where does Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch stand on marijuana law?

    “We believe that a conservative legal philosophy should be consistent with respect for federalism and state sovereignty,” Taylor West, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, wrote in an email to Yahoo News. “Voters in 28 states have chosen to establish legal, regulated cannabis programs in their states, and state lawmakers and regulators have…

  • January 31, 2017

    U.S. News & World Report: Pot Industry Breathes Easy, Feels Jeff Sessions Won’t Smoke Sector

    Amid uncertainty, the National Cannabis Industry Association decided not to oppose Sessions and instead launched a public education campaign. The group employs lobbyists at the Republican firm Jochum Shore & Trossevin. “The priorities in the Cole Memo are priorities that we in the industry agree with — things like making sure it’s not sold to…

  • January 27, 2017

    Stateline: As More Voters Legalize Marijuana, States Left With Regulatory Hurdles

    There is often a gap between the language of ballot measures like California’s and the detailed regulations needed to get marijuana markets off the ground. And the referendums that voters approve often call for quick implementation, giving legislators and regulators little or no time to enact policies before the drug becomes legal. “There’s no perfect…

  • January 26, 2017

    Christian Science Monitor: Marijuana and gender equity: Why cannabis industry is a magnet for women executives

    “[The data tell] a really great story about what’s happening in the cannabis industry, and it tells a really stark story about business overall,” says Taylor West, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association in Washington, which represents 1,100 businesses nationwide. (Despite the progress, though, she points out that women comprise half of the…

  • January 19, 2017

    The Hill: States hope Trump era will reset federal relationship

    For states, legal marijuana has meant hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue and millions more in cost savings that come from keeping low-level nonviolent offenders out of jail. But Trump’s pick to take over the Justice Department, Sen. Jeff Sessions(R-Ala.), has taken a much harder line on marijuana, leading some to worry…