Cannabis Legalization 2015: As Legal Pot Spreads, NORML, The Country’s Oldest Cannabis Advocacy Group, Deals with Uncertainty (International Company Times).
June 4, 2015 by erfa5t8
By JOEL WARNER
June 3, 2015
Nowadays, there are marijuana trade associations, cannabis lobbying firms and cannabis corporate law groups, not to mention labor unions lobbying for cannabis workers rights. As marijuana policy master Mark Kleiman kept in mind at a Brookings Organization conversation in April,” [We are seeing] the sluggish morphing of the cannabis motion into the cannabis lobby. Man, I expect that when we have national legalization the law’s going to be written by the National Marijuana Market Association …”
That growing marijuana lobby might prove bothersome for long time marijuana lobbyists. For beginners, some of the leading skill who’ve long dealt with NORML or other policy groups like Americans for Safe Access might turn their attention to private market. “Advocacy groups may have a difficult time moving forward due to the fact that a lot of the very best people may be hired by the private sector,” said Brian Vicente, a Denver cannabis attorney and previous co-director of Colorado’s cannabis legalization campaign. “If we have a brain drain, it’s safe to state that the advocacy groups will not be as reliable, and that’s bad. I am not stating we are trying to poach people, however we have actually hired a lot of people from MPP and DPA.”
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