• February 25, 2017

    NCIA deputy director Taylor West on MSNBC Discussing the Trump Administration

    NCIA deputy director Taylor West, discussing the Trump Administration’s approach to marijuana policy on MSNBC on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

  • February 23, 2017

    NJ.com: Trump administration comments on recreational marijuana suggest a crackdown is coming

    “It was especially disappointing to hear Press Secretary Spicer refer to the opioid crisis in relation to marijuana,” National Cannabis Industry Association Executive Director Aaron Smith said in a statement. “Science has discredited the idea that marijuana serves as any kind of gateway drug, and the addiction and death rates associated with opioids simply do not…

  • February 23, 2017

    International Business Times: Marijuana Under Trump: Cannabis Advocates Warn Government Against Enforcing Recreational Pot Laws

    Enforcement of the nation’s laws surrounding marijuana despite states legalizing its use in one form or another would be a grave “mistake,” one of the leading pot advocacy groups said in a statement directed at the federal government Thursday. The statement came hours after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced during a media briefing…

  • February 17, 2017

    San Francisco Chronicle: Trump may allow states some leeway with marijuana

    And because of Trump and Sessions’ strong belief in states’ rights, making it more unlikely they would interfere with states whose voters have approved legalization laws, National Cannabis Industry Association Deputy Director Taylor West said, “We’re cautiously optimistic.” Even so, uncertainty hangs over the industry, thanks to the legal no-man’s land between federal and state…

  • February 17, 2017

    Consumerist: Pro-Marijuana Lawmakers Form First Ever Congressional Cannabis Caucus

    Unsurprisingly, marijuana advocacy groups are pleased about the Cannabis Caucus. In a joint statement, the Marijuana Policy Project, the Drug Policy Alliance, the National Cannabis Industry Association, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and others commended the lawmakers for leading the charge on cannabis policy, and said they look forward to…

  • February 10, 2017

    The Hill: Legal pot sales top $1 billion in 2 states

    The explosion in sales comes as the marijuana industry experiences other evidence of boom times. A trade show in Denver last month attracted two thousand vendors and exhibitors, according to Taylor West, a spokeswoman for the National Cannabis Industry Association. Another trade show in November in Las Vegas attracted 10,000 visitors. Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/318976-legal-pot-sales-top-1-billion-in-2-states

  • 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


    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…