January 30, 2024






Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Cannabis Roundtable (NCR) is proud to announce the addition of Ascend Wellness Holdings, Proper Brands, and Verano to its membership. These three new NCR members bring a wealth of expertise and perspectives, reinforcing the organization’s commitment to championing responsible cannabis policies through sensible regulation, criminal justice reform, social equity, and community reinvestment.


\”I am pleased to welcome these new members that are joining us during a pivotal year for the cannabis industry,” said Saphira Galoob, Executive Director of the National Cannabis Roundtable. \”As nascent industry leaders, their collective insights and support of a diverse and equitable industry will further fortify NCR\’s ongoing efforts to engage with policymakers, collaborate across sectors, and drive meaningful change in the evolving landscape of federal cannabis policy.”


“We are proud to join the important federal work being led by the National Cannabis Roundtable to advocate for social justice, promote sensible policies, and contribute to the sustainable and safe development of the cannabis industry,” said Frank Perullo, Co-Founder and Director of Ascend Wellness. “This is an exciting time as we are watching legalization rapidly sweep the country, creating opportunities for operators and meeting the needs of patients and consumers. We look forward to supporting the mission of NCR and working together to create an industry we all will be proud of.”


\”We are thrilled to join NCR, an exciting partnership that aligns our vision for positive change in the cannabis industry,” said John Pennington, CEO and Co-Founder of Proper Brands. “Joining forces with an exceptional team of leaders and organizations, we are poised to drive transformative policy improvements, ushering in a new era of progress in the economic and social landscape of cannabis.\”


“The National Cannabis Roundtable conducts important work advancing sensible and equitable cannabis reform policies that seek the best possible solutions for legal cannabis businesses, patients, and consumers nationwide, and we’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity to join them in support of these critical objectives,” said Darren Weiss, President of Verano. \”As cannabis continues to be recognized for its numerous economic, social, and scientifically proven health benefits the federal government now officially acknowledges, we’re thrilled to support the National Cannabis Roundtable and their impactful advocacy initiatives.”


About the National Cannabis Roundtable

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. To learn more, please visit


About Ascend Wellness Holdings

Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc. (CSE: AAWH.U / OTCQX:  AAWH) is a vertically integrated operator with assets in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  AWH owns and operates state-of-the-art cultivation facilities, growing award-winning strains and producing a curated selection of products for retail and wholesale customers. AWH produces and distributes its in-house Common Goods, Simply Herb, Ozone, Ozone Reserve, Tunnel Vision, and Royale branded products. For more information, visit


About Proper Brands

Proper Brands is a fully vertical medical marijuana company in the state of Missouri with a vision to lead and inspire their community through the power of cannabis. Headquartered in St. Louis County, Proper has established an ethos of improving the lives of others through the use of cannabis. Proper Brands is composed of Proper Cannabis, RATIO, Goodnight, and Honeybee. For more information, please visit or


About Verano

Verano Holdings Corp. (Cboe CA: VRNO) (OTCQX: VRNOF), one of the U.S. cannabis industry’s leading companies based on historical revenue, geographic scope and brand performance, is a vertically integrated, multi-state operator embracing a mission of saying Yes to plant progress and the bold exploration of cannabis. Verano offers a superior cannabis shopping experience in medical and adult use markets under the Zen Leaf™ and MÜV™ dispensary banners and produces a comprehensive suite of high-quality, regulated cannabis products sold under its diverse portfolio of trusted consumer brands including Verano™, MÜV™, Savvy™, BITS™, Encore™, and Avexia™. Verano’s active operations span 13 U.S. states, comprised of 14 production facilities with over 1,000,000 square feet of cultivation capacity. Learn more at