FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2023
NATIONAL CANNABIS ROUNDTABLE APPLAUDS STATE CENTRIC APPROACH OF NEW JOYCE CANNABIS REFORM BILL
Washington, D.C. – The National Cannabis Roundtable (NCR) applauds the states’ rights approach of the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act introduced by U.S. Representatives Dave Joyce (R-OH), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Brian Mast (R-FL), co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, along with Congressman Troy Carter (D-LA) and Congresswoman Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR). This bipartisan bill highlights the urgent need for Congress to move legislation to protect states’ rights and mitigate the negative impacts caused by conflicts between state and federal cannabis laws in the 38 states that have legal medical cannabis programs and the 24 states that have adult use cannabis programs.
Saphira Galoob, Executive Director of the National Cannabis Roundtable, released the following statement on the STATES Act:
“As a majority of states have moved – and continue to move – to legalize cannabis and expand legal programs, both medicinal and adult use, it is beyond time for the federal government to accept state progress, which has been gaining momentum for over 25 years. As the federal government continues to stall on if and how it will regulate cannabis, a state centric approach to cannabis regulation is a common-sense way Congress can move reform in the right direction. This is key for providing much needed certainty, clarity, and consistency for consumers, law enforcement, business owners, and state officials.
“We thank Congressman Joyce and his fellow bill sponsors for their dedication and leadership in the fight for cannabis reform that prioritizes the work and effort each state has put in place to regulate cannabis within their borders. NCR looks forward to continuing to work with Congress and the Administration to move forward policies that support patient and consumer access, public safety, social and criminal justice reform, economic opportunities, and ultimately, the end of federal prohibition.”
The National Cannabis Roundtable is an alliance of cannabis companies, as well as ancillary services and solutions providers, who seek cannabis reform that nurtures the nascent domestic industry, protects consumers, and advances social equity.