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U.S.: Members of Congress To Join Cannabis Business Leaders Thursday and Friday

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Members of Congress on Thursday will join cannabis industry leaders from across the country for a press conference to kick off National Cannabis Industry Association's sixth annual Lobby Days. More than 100 cannabis business professionals will travel to Washington, D.C., to take part in policy discussions and citizen lobby meetings to advocate for fair treatment of the legal cannabis industry.

On May 12, NCIA leaders, business owners, and members of Congress including Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Denny Heck (D-WA), and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), will hold an 11:30am press conference at the House Triangle to kick off two days of meetings across the Hill between cannabis industry leaders and congressional staffs.

Top priorities for these business owners are a solution to the banking crisis, which prevents many legitimate cannabis businesses from accessing basic financial services, and reform to Section 280E of the federal tax code, which forces cannabis business to pay double or triple the effective federal tax rates of any other industry.

NCIA members will also advocate for the descheduling of marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, which would give states the authority to make their own decisions about how to handle cannabis legality, much as they currently do with alcohol.

D.C.: Leaders On Capitol Hill For National Cannabis Industry Association's Lobby Days

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Cannabis industry leaders from across the country next week will travel to Washington, D.C., for the National Cannabis Industry Association's sixth annual Lobby Days. More than 100 cannabis business professionals will take part in policy discussions and citizen lobby meetings to advocate for fair treatment of the legal cannabis industry.

On Thursday, May 12, NCIA leaders, business owners, and members of Congress will hold an 11:30am press conference at the House Triangle to kick off two days of meetings across the Hill between cannabis industry leaders and congressional staffs.

Top priorities for these business owners are a solution to the banking crisis, which prevents many legitimate cannabis businesses from accessing basic financial services, and reform to Section 280E of the federal tax code, which forces cannabis business to pay double or triple the effective federal tax rates of any other industry.

NCIA members will also advocate for the de-scheduling of marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, which would give states the authority to make their own decisions about how to handle cannabis legality, much as they currently do with alcohol.

California: Record-Breaking 13 Bills In Legislature Dealing With Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A record-breaking 13 bills are in the California Legislature this year dealing with marijuana, and most of them deal specifically with medicinal cannabis. Some of the bills would be quite damaging, including legislation that would criminalize some types of cultivation and concentrate manufacturing.

The bill with the most far-reaching consequences is AB 266, according to activist Lanny Swerdlow of the BlogTalkRadio.com show "Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense." According to Swerdlow, this bill is an attempt to put some state controls on California's patchwork of local regulations.

The bill would create a new Governor's Office of MMJ Regulation to oversee and coordinate three new MMJ regulatory divisions:
1) The Department of Food and Agriculture for cultivation;
2) Public Health for product safety and labeling; and
3) The Board of Equalization for licensing.

The major action, according to Swerdlow, would be by the Board of Equalization acting in coordination with other state agencies to write and enforce regulations for commercial medical marijuana distribution, and to issue provisional licenses for medicinal cannabis organizations, contingent on local licensing approval.

AB 266 also would prioritize enforcement against doctors accused of writing inappropriate medical marijuana recommendations, would create an apprenticeship program for the medicinal cannabis industry, would authorize additional local taxation, and more.

D.C.: Marijuana Business Leaders Make Their Case To Congress

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Tuesday: Symposium highlighted by ‘fireside chat’ with Grover Norquist and Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Wednesday: Morning press conference kicks off fifth annual fly-in lobby days for the legal marijuana industry

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Cannabis industry leaders from across the country have traveled this week to Washington, D.C., for the National Cannabis Industry Association’s fifth annual Lobby Days. About 100 cannabis business professionals will take part in policy discussions and citizen lobby meetings to advocate for fair treatment of the legal cannabis industry.

The events will begin with a policy symposium on Tuesday, highlighted by a “fireside chat” between Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist.

Rep. Blumenauer introduced H.R. 1855, the Small Business Tax Equity Act of 2015, which would create an exception to Section 280E to allow marijuana businesses operating in compliance with state law to take deductions associated with the sale of marijuana like any other legal business. The bill was endorsed by Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform.

On announcing the bill, Rep. Blumenauer noted it “would bring much needed fairness and level the playing field for small businesses that follow state laws and create jobs.”

On Wednesday, NCIA leaders, business owners, and members of Congress will hold a 9 am press conference at the House Triangle to kick off two days of meetings across the Hill between cannabis industry leaders and congressional staffs.

Tuesday, April 28

U.S.: Cannabis Business Leaders To Make Their Case To Congress

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Tues., Apr. 28: Symposium highlighted by ‘fireside chat’ with Grover Norquist and Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Wed., Apr. 29: Morning press conference kicks off fifth annual fly-in lobby days for the legal marijuana industry

Cannabis industry leaders from across the country will travel next week to Washington, D.C., for the National Cannabis Industry Association’s fifth annual Lobby Days. Roughly 100 cannabis business professionals will take part in policy discussions and citizen lobby meetings to advocate for fair treatment of the legal marijuana industry.

The events will begin with a policy symposium on Tuesday, April 28, highlighted by a “fireside chat” between Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist.

On Wednesday, April 29, NCIA leaders, business owners, and members of Congress will hold a 9 am press conference at the House Triangle to kick off two days of meetings across the Hill between cannabis industry leaders and congressional staffs.

Tuesday, April 28
NCIA Policy Symposium, 9 am - 6 pm
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm - Fireside Chat with Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Grover Norquist
20 F Street NW Conference Center
Additional speakers include industry leaders and policy experts. Click here to see the full agenda.

Wednesday, April 29
Press Conference and Lobby Days

U.S.: National Cannabis Industry Association Drops Tommy Chong As Spokesman

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Iconic stoner Tommy Chong has been dropped as a spokesman by pro-marijuana lobbying group the National Cannabis Industry Association.

According to NCIA Executive Director Aaron Smith, the pot lobby is tired of the Cheech & Chong stoner jokes and wants to be taken seriously in Congress, reports Burgess Everett at Politico. The cannabis industry reportedly wants to move past the stoner stereotypes represented by Chong as it tries to remake itself as a "serious suits segment" of the economy.

Smith, in a Monday email sent to Chong's representatives and allies, said that after feedback from "allied members of Congress," the group decided Chong wasn't its best representative in D.C., particularly when it comes to influencing right-wing lawmakers.

"Having Tommy out in D.C. for the NCIA Lobby Days will detract from the overall message we aim for with the event, which is that cannabis business people are regular professionals and relatable to the generally conservative members of Congress we are looking to appeal to," Smith wrote. "We are here to break 'stoner' stereotypes rather than reinforce them."

D.C.: Marijuana Industry Women To Kick Off Day Of Capitol Hill Lobbying

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Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Leading Female Cannabis Entrepreneurs, National Cannabis Industry Association Will Highlight Key Issues Affecting Small and Women-Owned Cannabis Businesses

Rep. Jared Polis will join leaders and members of Women Grow, a national network of female cannabis industry professionals, and the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) in the National Press Club’s Zenger Room on Thursday, February 12 at 9 a.m., to set the agenda for the group’s first-ever Lobby Days.

On February 12 and 13, more than 60 Women Grow members from 14 states nationwide will converge in Washington, D.C., to promote the essential role of small and women-owned businesses in creating a diverse, responsible cannabis industry.

In meetings with Congressional representatives and staff, members will address key industry issues including fair taxation and access to banking.

Who:
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO)
Jazmin Hupp, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Women Grow
Taylor West, Deputy Director, National Cannabis Industry Association
Women Grow members from more than a dozen states’ cannabis industries

What:
Women Grow Lobby Days Press Conference

When:
Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 9 a.m.

Where:
Zenger Room
National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Fl.
Washington, D.C. 20045

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