NCIA keeps you up to date with the crucial information necessary for running a successful cannabis business through white-paper reports and webinars on issues ranging from policy to operations.

report_iconNEW! Manual: Crisis Communications Manual: A Guide for Crisis Communication in Cannabis (July 2018)
Prepared by the Crisis Manual Subcommittee of the Marketing & Advertising Committee, this manual includes proper crisis preparedness and management processes that can help protect a brand’s reputation and market share. This guide includes industry specific tools for crisis resistance, responsiveness, and resilience.

report_iconReport: Cannabis Testing Policy: Recommendations For More Thoughtful And Consistent Regulations
In this report prepared by NCIA’s Policy Council, we explore recommendations for cannabis testing policies including requirements for proficiency, contaminants, potency and active ingredients, as well as records retention and laboratory accreditation.

report_iconReport: Stakes are High for Marijuana Businesses Navigating New Advertising and Marketing Regulations in Massachusetts
In this paper, prepared by Ian Stewart and Kara Thorvaldsen of Wilson Elser LLP for NCIA’s Finance and Insurance Committee, within the Risk Management Subcommittee, Massachusetts’ new regulations governing branding and marketing by adult-use marijuana businesses and related risk exposures are examined.


Report: How the U.S. is Falling Behind in the Global Cannabis Market
In this paper produced by NCIA’s Policy Council, we explore how the lack of federal regulation and the inability to expand beyond state borders means U.S. cannabis companies are constrained in their ability to grow and are at a competitive disadvantage to cannabis companies in other countries, with Canada and Israel being the most prominent examples. (May 2018)


Report: State Cannabis Laws: A Progress Report – Successes, Challenges, and the Need for Congressional Action
Prepared for NCIA by Michael Liszewski of the Enact Group and Tom Angell. This paper explores challenges in the legal cannabis market including access to banking services and fair taxation, as well as the successes of legalized cannabis including impact on crime, reducing access to minors, and reducing arrests. (May 2018) 

report_iconReport: The Future of the Accounts Receivable and Credit Function in the Emerging Cannabis Industry
Produced by NCIA’s Finance and Insurance Committee, within the Risk Management Subcommittee

report_iconReport: Protecting Your Cannabis Business: A Commercial Insurance Overview
Produced by NCIA’s Finance and Insurance Committee, within the Insurance Subcommittee. (April 2018)


Report: A Short Guide to Colorado Cannabis Marketing and Advertising Regulations
Produced by NCIA’s Marketing and Advertising Committee, this paper provides guidance surrounding regulations for advertising in the state of Colorado. (February 2018)

report_iconReport: Cannabis Business Contractual Indemnity/Risk Transfer Strategies
Produced by NCIA’s Finance and Insurance Committee, within the Contracts Subcommittee. (March 2018)

report_iconReport: Four Congressional Actions to Protect The State-Legal Cannabis Industry in the Post-Cole Era
Produced by NCIA’s Policy Council, this paper provides a prioritized list of Four Congressional Actions to Protect the State-Legal Cannabis Industry in the Post-Cole Era. (March 2018)


Report: Overcoming Federal Obstacles to the Sensible Use of Pesticides on Cannabis
NCIA’s Policy Council developed this white paper to address pesticide compliance in the absence of pesticides explicitly labeled for use on cannabis as it relates to state-licensed and regulated hemp farmers and cannabis cultivators. (March 2018)

report_iconReport: New Rules For Cannabis: The Coming Wave of California False Advertising and Unfair Competition Claims
NCIA’s Finance and Insurance Committee, comprised of NCIA members within that sector, developed this white paper to analyze the expected increase in false advertising and unfair competition claims in 2018 for the state of California. The bases for such claims include mislabeling of cannabis products, deficient packaging, contamination, and many other scenarios. (March 2018)

report_iconReport: Investigating the Role of Financial Institutions in the Legal Cannabis Industry
NCIA’s Legal and Banking Committee, comprised of NCIA members within that sector, produced this white paper following a meeting with California State Treasurer John Chiang and other cannabis industry leaders in mid 2017. The paper provides discussion and evaluation of challenges faced by businesses operating within the legal cannabis industry, while highlighting some of the benefits the industry brings to financial institutions and the communities they serve. (February 2018)


Report: Generating Federal Cannabis Tax Revenue in a Sensible and Equitable Manner
NCIA’s Policy Council developed this white paper begins the discussion of how a federal taxation model for cannabis could generate substantial new federal revenue, providing additional impetus for shifting cannabis production and sale from the criminal market to legitimate, state-regulated, tax-paying businesses.


Report: IRC Section 280E: An Unjust Burden on State-Legal Cannabis Businesses
NCIA’s Policy Council, comprised of industry leaders selected by NCIA’s Board of Directors, play a critical role in the development of cannabis policy at the federal level. The Policy Council recently produced this white paper which is now available in an easy-to-read design with the intention of utilizing this in conversations with policymakers, the media, and the industry.

report_iconReport: The Little-Known – And Critical – Exception to Federal Paraphernalia Laws
This paper was generated by NCIA’s Policy Council. Steve Fox, Policy Council Director, says “the mission of NCIA’s Policy Council is to inform lawmakers and other stakeholders about policy-related matter affecting the cannabis industry. This short paper is an excellent example of that type of work. It is important that we raise awareness about the critical exception to federal paraphernalia laws, under which state-authorized activity is exempt from the provisions of the law. We can debate how that exemption should be interpreted, but we must acknowledge that it exists. This paper furthers that goal.

report_iconReport: Cannabis Packaging and Labeling: Regulatory Recommendations for States and Nations
This paper presents regulatory recommendations and model regulations for cannabis packaging and labeling that emerged from a year-long critical assessment of suboptimal and inconsistent state regulations in one specific area: cannabis packaging and labeling. The overarching goal is to encourage greater consistency and judiciousness in cannabis rulemaking by providing state regulators with model packaging and labeling regulations supported by in-depth research, analysis, and input from diverse stakeholders and experts.


Report: The Cannabis Industry in the Trump Era
In this post-election briefing, NCIA answers the question “Now what?” about lies ahead, what a Trump administration could mean for your business, and how you can get involved with NCIA’s work to protect the future of our industry. (November 2016)


Report: 2016 Election and State Initiatives Overview
In this slideshow, NCIA’s Government Relations Coordinator breaks down the 2016 Election results, reviewing the new adult-use marijuana programs (in California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada) and medical marijuana programs (in Florida, North Dakota, Montana, and Arkansas). (November 2016)

report_iconReport: Cannabis: A Promising Option for the Opioid Crisis
The opioid epidemic continues to ravage the country, with prescription painkiller and heroin overdoses now killing more Americans annually than car crashes. As state and federal policy makers grapple with the crisis, this report details how recent research shows that increasing legal access to marijuana could be a potent weapon in the fight — saving lives and millions of dollars in health care and treatment costs. (October 2016)

report_iconReport: State-By-State Medical Marijuana Application Requirements
A compilation of all the documentation required for each state’s medical dispensary certification application. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to expand into new states, this guide is a helpful resource to get you on your way. (December 2, 2015)

Special thanks to NCIA Member 4Front Advisors for their assistance in compiling this document. 

report_iconReport: Top 5 States to Watch in 2016
A cheat sheet guide for a quick breakdown of relevant issues in these influential states. (November 17, 2015)


report_iconReport: Internal Revenue Code 280E: Creating An Impossible Situation For Legitimate Businesses
What is Section 280E and how does it hurt legal cannabis businesses? How does 280E affect me and what should I know? This publication gives you the facts. (April 2015)