• January 10, 2017

    NCIA Statement on Sen. Sessions’ Comments Today Regarding Marijuana Policy

    Washington, DC – National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith issued the following statement in response to Sen. Jeff Sessions’ comments about the federal approach to marijuana policy in today’s Attorney General confirmation hearing: “In today’s hearing, Senator Sessions indicated that the Justice Department’s current guidelines for marijuana policy enforcement are ‘truly valuable’ in…

  • January 10, 2017

    NCIA Launches “We Are The Cannabis Industry” Campaign with Profiles, Digital Ads

    Washington, D.C. – The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) today launched We Are The Cannabis Industry, a campaign designed to tell the stories of real people who work in America’s legal marijuana industry and highlight how the emerging business sector is creating significant benefits for both individuals and the economy. “Cannabis businesses generate billions of…

  • November 18, 2016

    NCIA Statement on Nomination of Sen. Sessions for Attorney General

    Washington, DC – National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith issued the following statement in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general: “Voters in 28 states have chosen programs that shift cannabis from the criminal market to highly regulated, tax-paying businesses. Senator Sessions has long advocated for state…

  • November 9, 2016

    A Marijuana Mandate: NCIA Looks to a New Era for Cannabis Policy

    “The tipping point has come,” as 16M+ voters choose legal, regulated approaches to marijuana in at least 7 states, putting new pressure on Congress to act   Washington, DC – The National Cannabis Industry Association, the nation’s largest cannabis trade association, today looked ahead to a new era for marijuana policy in the United States….

  • August 10, 2016

    NCIA Statement on DEA’s Rejection of Marijuana Rescheduling Petitions

    NCIA executive director Aaron Smith: “DEA’s decision flies in the face of objective science and overwhelming public opinion.”   Washington, DC – National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith issued the following statement tonight in response to reports that the Drug Enforcement Administration will reject petitions to remove marijuana from Schedule 1 of the…

  • July 13, 2016

    NCIA Provides Testimony for Today’s Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Medical Marijuana

    NCIA executive director Aaron Smith: “It’s long past time for our government to bring marijuana policy into alignment with the science.”   Washington, DC – The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing today at 2:30pm ET on the potential medical benefits of marijuana. National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith was invited to…

  • June 24, 2016

    NCIA Calls on Congress to Restore Commonsense, Majority-Favored Marijuana Proposals to Appropriations Bills

    Despite bipartisan, majority support in House and Senate, leadership blocks fix to dangerous banking crisis and strips provision allowing V.A. doctors to discuss medical marijuana with patients   Washington, DC – Recent actions by congressional leadership have derailed two commonsense, majority-favored marijuana policy reform proposals that had been expected to pass through the appropriations process….

  • June 21, 2016

    Cannabis Expert Calling Network (ECN) Unveiled at Cannabis Business Summit and Expo

    National Cannabis Industry Association Knowledge-Sharing Platform Features Cannabis Industry Thought Leaders and Experts Oakland, CA – The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and Brainsy, Inc., today unveiled the Cannabis Expert Calling Network (ECN®), a knowledge-sharing platform connecting cannabis industry experts with information-seekers and entrepreneurs online or via paid telephone consultations. The Cannabis ECN is accessible…

  • June 19, 2016

    THIS WEEK IN CALIFORNIA: 3,000+ Cannabis Professionals Gather at NCIA’s Cannabis Business Summit in Oakland, Including ‘Who’s Who’ of Cannabis Industry Leaders

    As California prepares to consider cannabis legalization, the most influential marijuana business event in the industry starts TOMORROW in Oakland, featuring CA Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Numi Tea CEO Ahmed Rahim, industry leaders, federal lawmakers, and three days of in-depth education and networking   Oakland, CA – As California looks ahead to a potential vote…

  • June 16, 2016

    Senate Appropriators Vote to Open Banking for Cannabis Businesses

    Appropriations amendment would prevent penalties for banks serving state-compliant marijuana businesses   WASHINGTON, DC – A U.S. Senate committee voted today in support of opening up banking services to state-legal marijuana businesses. By a vote of 16-14, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, forbidding the…