As Congress advances to authorize marijuana under the recent Democratic majority, a huge merger of marijuana business and activist groups has been set up to advance the matter during this session.
The USCC United States Cannabis Council, that’s being led using an interim structure by MPP’s, Marijuana Policy Project, Top Director Hawkins Stevens, will champion for state legalization and foster the industry’s social equity.
The new coalition states that it will table a unified voice pushing for cannabis legalization and rescheduling. However, the dominance of mostly marijuana business in its membership and the absence of major sector and advocacy groups, such as the Drug Policy Alliance and Americans for Safe Access, has led to confusion about which policies the USCC will prioritize.
Although USCC emphasized in the announcement that social equity and legalization will be major objectives, the aspect that these key players are absent in the rooster has created some cynicism about the idea that will offer uniformity in how activities tackle these matters.
Others have questioned whether it’s necessary to include another coalition in a merger, as congressional representatives move to implement state cannabis policy change.
Aaron Smith, NCIA’s executive director said that they’ve seen multiple organizations come and leave over the ages and the multiple efforts they’ve adopted to reorganize and rebrand themselves; thus, they have the best wishes for USCC.
He added that they were also asked to join the coalition but as the broadest and biggest trade association in the United States, they felt it was necessary to concentrate on representing their membership and remaining independent. He further said that they are already liaising with some of the USCC organizations and will work with the coalition in future.
Hawkins said that he comprehends that there’ll be reasons why organizations might or might not join. For instance, they might feel they put-up a stronger voice when independent.