The National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB) is urging governors in seven northeastern states to push legislation for full cannabis legalization over the finish line as part of their strategies to reopen and re-energize state economies.

Specifically, the NACB is calling on governors in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts to coordinate their cannabis strategies and take advantage of retail sales in their states.

“Fully legalized cannabis is an idea whose time has arrived,” said NACB CEO Gina Kranwinkel.  “In states where cannabis has already been legalized, the industry is boosting small business and minority entrepreneurship, creating jobs and generating millions of dollars in state tax revenue.”

The NACB’s members are vetted as being responsible, trustworthy and compliant with state laws and best business practices. It has become recognized for its creation and adoption of national standards for responsible cannabis manufacturing, advertising and marketing practices. NACB leaders are consulting with state leadership on policy design and implementation that will promote a safe and compliant cannabis industry in their states.  

“Governors in the northeastern U.S. have been working tirelessly and effectively to contain the coronavirus crisis, and the NACB has great respect for their efforts,” said Mark Gorman, NACB executive VP and COO. “We are also enthusiastic for their leadership of efforts to coordinate the resources and strategies needed to emerge from the lockdown. Legalizing cannabis sales and encouraging retailers to be proactive with strategies like home delivery and curbside pickup is not only a safe way to serve consumers, it will also generate millions of dollars in desperately needed tax revenues for their states.” 

To create national cannabis industry standards, the NACB takes input from government, NACB members and subject matter experts into consideration in its deliberative and inclusive development process. To date, the NACB has adopted National Standards for 

  • Packaging & Labeling
  • Advertising
  • Lab Testing & Product Integrity
  • Security 
  • Infused Products Production and Storage
  • Hemp

“We’ve offered to work with state policymakers to develop responsible and transparent regulations,” Gorman said. “With our expertise in the cannabis space, the NACB can help ensure for the citizens and voters that the legalization process will encourage a responsible, ethical cannabis industry in their state.”

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