The United States Hemp and Cannabis Trade Association, an advocacy institution and sector trade, has created a new Marijuana Beverage Council to integrate beverage and industry leaders aiming at improving the marijuana beverage segment.
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Michael Bronstein, the president of the ATACH (American Trade Association For Cannabis and Hemp), said that the department was set up to foster a new beverage marketplace through harmonizing marijuana-beverage regulations across the United States.
The council’s founding members are; Adolphus Busch V, founder of Denver-located ABV Cannabis Co. Scott Coors, entrepreneur and member of SeroVita Holding Corp’s Board of directors; Klein David, CEO Canopy Growth; and Christy Zhou, Legal and Regulatory Affair’s vice-president.
Busch said that he knows what cannabis legalization looks like, his family helped integrate it into the alcohol sector. He believes ATACH’s efforts on creating advocacy and professionalizing outreach for the marijuana beverage sector is how to get it done.
Coors asserted that after 1930’s annul of alcohol illegalization, the sector merged efforts and agreed on responsible ingestion, best practices and policies. He added that ATACH’s recently-formed commission for cannabis beverages is engineered using this concept and that’s why he’s part of this milestone in the industry.
Zhou asserted that the maturing marijuana user and conventional alcohol consumers may try-out marijuana-infused beverages as an additional consumption option. These beverage commodities may be different from conventional solid edibles in their effects and formats; thus they should be thoroughly tackled from a regulatory angle.
Other members of the council include Erik Knutson (Co-founder and CEO of Keef Brands), Bill Silver (new markets’ president at Cannacraft), Chuck Smith( BellRock Brands’ CEO), Koji Pupo( (business development’s deputy president at Columbia Distributing), Gary Kaminsky, Josh Lizotte and Jake Bullock.