Advancing 21st Century cannabis policy in the United States


The legal cannabis boom promises to contribute billions of dollars to the US economy over the next decade - creating jobs, advancing new health science and adding momentum to criminal justice reform.

The National Cannabis Roundtable promotes common sense federal regulation, tax equality and financial services reform and supports changing federal law to acknowledge states’ rights to regulate and manage cannabis policy.


The cannabis economy is growing rapidly.

U.S. consumer spending on legal cannabis reached $10.4 billion dollars in 2018. Even if no other states reform their laws, cannabis spending is expected to top $26 billion by 2025. If cannabis were legal in all 50 states, it could create 1 million new jobs by 2025*.
*Source: New Frontier Data

The American people’s attitude towards cannabis has changed quickly too.

In late 2018, a Gallup poll showed two-thirds of Americans support the legalization of cannabis in some form.

All this momentum underscores the immediate need for sound policy prescriptions to fully realize the potential for regulated cannabis in the American economy.


Remove federal restrictions that prohibit medical research involving cannabis. Encourage the development of solutions that will improve the lives of veterans and patients and combat the opioid epidemic in the United States.

Allow companies operating legally in the cannabis industry to utilize traditional institutions for transactions and access to financial markets.

Correct flaws in the US tax code that serve as barriers to legal commerce in the cannabis industry and prohibit the development of solutions that can improve Americans’ lives.

Build support for, and secure enactment of, federal legislation allowing states and territories to set and enforce their own laws governing cannabis.


The membership of the National Cannabis Roundtable represents every aspect of the cannabis supply chain. Our members operate in 23 states with legal cannabis programs, including the District of Columbia. We are growers, processors, retailers, wellness centers, investors, entrepreneurs, and publicly traded companies.

The National Cannabis Roundtable is Chaired by former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John A. Boehner.

Charles Bachtell,

Charles Bachtell is the CEO of Cresco Labs, LLC. Bachtell is an attorney and brings with him deep legal expertise in both corporate governance and complex regulatory compliance.

Bachtell lead the expansion efforts for Cresco through merit-based applications and a successful M & A strategy and works tirelessly to ensure that Cresco remains an industry leader, setting new standards for a progressive, transparent and reputable cannabis community, and operating at all times in a professional, secure and compliant manner. Bachtell is a founding member of the Illinois Cannabis Bar Association and industry trade associations in IL, PA, and OH. Prior to Cresco Labs, Bachtell served for 8 years as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Guaranteed Rate, the nation’s seventh largest mortgage bank – a leading attorney during the reform of the US mortgage industry. Bachtell is an adjunct Professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law teaching a course on the legal and regulatory issues in the emerging cannabis industry.

Chanda Macias,
First Vice Chair

Dr. Chanda Macias, MBA, PhD, is the Owner and General Manager of the National Holistic Healing Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary (NHHC) in Washington, DC. NHHC is a patient advocated company dedicated to providing individuals with debilitating medical conditions with alternative allopathic medicine. NHHC provides patient education and support, medical marijuana and medical marijuana infused products to qualifying patients or designated caregivers in compliance with the DC Department of Health.

Chanda earned her PhD from Howard University in 2001 with a concentration in Cell Biology. She was extensively trained at the Howard University Cancer Center and evolved her studies to focus on developing a model to understand prostate cancer bone metastasis (Macias et al., 2002).

Chanda was recruited from graduate school to Colgate Palmolive to research oral diseases and possible treatment options. Chanda’s innovative research at Colgate Palmolive resulted in three U.S. Patents and eleven Global Patents (World Intellectual Property Organization).

Kim Rivers,
Second Vice Chair

Kim Rivers currently serves as chief executive officer of Trulieve Cannabis Corp., a vertically-integrated "seed-to-sale" operation based in Florida. Rivers joined Trulieve at its inception and has been the key driver for the Company’s customer-centric vision, strong growth, strategic expansion, and industry-leading profitability. Ms. Rivers oversees every activity involved with the cannabis process from seed to sale to ensure quality, operational integrity and financial success. Prior to Trulieve, Ms. Rivers spent several years in private practice as a lawyer where she specialized in mergers, acquisitions, and securities for multi-million dollar companies and has run a number of successful businesses from real estate to finance. Her experience has been instrumental in building Trulieve’s market leading position in its home state of Florida and provides the solid foundation on which to execute on growth and expansion initiatives as a multi-state operator.

Ms. Rivers also plays an active role in her community in addition to serving on numerous charitable boards. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Multinational Business and Political Science from Florida State University, where she also served as FSU’s student body President, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida.

Christopher Jensen,

Christopher Jensen – known to most as “CJ” – is a passionate entrepreneur with a successful track record of driving revenue and building companies in both publicly and privately-held environments. In 2008, at the height of the Great Recession, CJ founded TrustPoint International, a legal technology services firm. Under his leadership - and despite the challenging economic conditions - the company would grow to $60M in revenue in less than four years with 13 US locations and clients from around the world. As President of TrustPoint, CJ oversaw several mergers and acquisitions which lead the company to a $100M revenue run rate prior to exiting and selling his interest in 2013.

The following year, CJ co-founded Mana Supply Co, a medical cannabis company based in Maryland. After opening the doors of its first retail operation in the Annapolis area in 2018, Mana has quickly become one of the top revenue-producing dispensaries in the state. The company recently opened their second retail operation and intend to open two others in Maryland by the end of 2019.

Saphira Galoob,
Executive Director

Saphira Galoob is Principal and CEO of The Liaison Group (TLG) and serves as the Senior Public Policy Advisor and Executive Director of the National Cannabis Roundtable.

Following more than two decades as a lawyer, lobbyist, entrepreneur and small business owner, Saphira founded The Liaison Group in 2016 to establish a focused and dedicated voice for cannabis industry interests in Washington, and to serve as a bridge to federal efforts for the many stakeholders operating at local and state levels.

Saphira received her Juris Doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law and a Masters in International and Comparative Law (L.L.M.) from Georgetown University School of Law. She regularly speaks on federal cannabis policy at events around the country.

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