Cannabis Caucus in Miami Beach.
Cannabis caucus was held in Miami Beach on October 13, 2016. National Cannabis Industry Association, NCIA, organizes medical marijuana caucuses around the states to support the change in the Federal legislative body of laws. This time, the event took place in Florida. GreenSpectrum’s Medical Marijuana Business Attorney, Stanislav Shamayev, also attended the event.
Michael Correia, Director of Government Relations at NCIA, delivered the presentation on the topic of “Federal Policy Update & Organizational Outlook.” He talked about DEA’s reluctance to de-schedule from or re-schedule medical marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. Medical marijuana is still scheduled I in the Act, which means the Government deems the drug being with high potential for abuse and no known medical applications. Michael is the only member of NCIA who resides in Washington DC for the sole purpose of educating the Congressmen on the change of the medical marijuana policies. He invited everyone in Washinton DC on May 17-19, 2017, when hundreds of people will be attending the Congress addressing the need to change the Federal policies.
Eric Stevens, Campaign Finance Director at United for Care, was the next speaker. He addressed the situation surrounding “Yes on 2” campaign. Floridians will be voting on November 8, 2016, whether there will be statewide medical marijuana regulations. The latest polls show 77% support of the new laws among the Floridians. All supporters anticipate the win. The win based on the compassion.
Jay Czarkowski, Founding Partner at Canna Advisors, talked last. He shared his own experience in the industry. He was the first entrepreneur in 2009, who opened the first medical marijuana dispensary in Boulder, Colorado.
Big thanks to Brian Gilbert who organized and hosted the Cannabis Caucus in Miami Beach.