So far, this year has been pivotal for cannabis federal policy. From the rescinding of the Cole Memo, to the inclusion of medical cannabis protections through September and most recently, Sen. Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) commendable work defending states’ rights. Between the quantity of information about cannabis policy changes and managing your day-to-day business operations, staying up to date with accurate news on both the national and local level can be challenging. That’s why NCIA’s Quarterly Cannabis Caucuses are so important for our industry to convene, connect, and stay current on issues impacting the industry.
Thanks to our Government Relations team based in Washington, D.C., participating in our Cannabis Caucus events means that you can get accurate insights into cannabis policy straight from the Hill, as well as local guest speakers offering regional updates from the ground. You can also take advantage of a meaningful networking experience with cannabis executives in your region in a relaxed, professional setting. Cannabis Caucuses are your best chance to get even more engaged with NCIA’s policy work and industry leaders nationwide.
This April, the Quarterly Cannabis Caucus events were held in eight regions nationwide and 1000+ cannabis industry professionals participated!
Highlights from Northern California, the Northeast, and Southern California
In San Jose, Josh Drayton, the deputy director of CCIA, provided an update on CCIA’s state-wide activities representing the industry.
In Boston, we were joined by guest speaker Shanel Lindsay from the Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board to share the latest on the social equity program as well as state legislative updates.
In Los Angeles, we saw a huge turnout of more than 350 attendees at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt, and welcomed special guest speaker, Jennifer Hawkins, a business tax specialist at the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. Jennifer offered an overview on California cannabis excise tax for cultivation and was joined by Alexis d’Angelo, the Southern California Membership and Outreach Liaison for CCIA.
Highlights from the Midwest, Florida, and the Pacific Northwest
Returning to Ann Arbor, Michigan, we were thrilled to welcome Robin Schneider and Jeff Irwin from the Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, where we raised over $5,000 for the campaign!
In Tampa, guest speaker Sally Kent Peebles from Vicente Sederberg LLC gave an update on the Florida medical marijuana program, detailing the licensing process.
In Seattle, we heard from guest speaker Chris Thompson, who serves as director of legislative relations at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.
Highlights from the Southwest and Colorado
At our first event in 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona, we welcomed nearly 100 attendees to network with their regional colleagues and learn about the recent rescission of the Cole Memo. Attendees also heard from Arizona State Rep. Mark Cardenas (D-Phoenix), who introduced legislation this year that would put a adult-use measure on Arizona’s November ballot.
In Boulder, Colorado, Sen. Tim Neville (R-16th District) joined us to share a motivational talk about the future of the industry to attendees, and an update on what’s happening in the Colorado Legislature.
Upcoming July Cannabis Caucus Events
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Early bird tickets are 50% off additional member tickets and non-member tickets now through June 11!
We’re excited to announce that registration for our July Cannabis Caucus Events is now open! Join us in new regions and cities for meaningful networking opportunities with industry professionals, policymakers and government officials.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – San Francisco, CA – Tuesday, July 10
NORTHEAST – New York, NY – Tuesday, July 10
PACIFIC NORTHWEST – Portland, OR – Thursday, July 12
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – San Diego, CA – Thursday, July 12
FLORIDA – Miami, FL – Tuesday, July 17
MIDWEST – Cleveland, OH – Tuesday, July 17
SOUTHWEST – Las Vegas, NV – Thursday, July 19
COLORADO – Denver, CO – Thursday, July 19
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