CTF Announces Board
CTF Announces Board – “CTF Founder and CEO, Neal Levine, told CBE when the organization was formally launched last July, “Our mission is to end the federal/state conflict in a business-friendly way that creates a professional cannabis industry that is inclusive to all. Our long-term goal is to help to build and represent a diverse and vibrant industry. Our short-term goal is to bring as many allies together as possible to pool the resources necessary to pass the STATES Act.” Levine and CTF are living up to that promise.
This news of the completed board comes on the heels of a flurry announcements over the last several weeks which has included:
The hiring of lobbyists and over a dozen associates from five firms. The CTF lobbying team consists of the firms Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Jochum Shore & Trossevin, The Raben Group, Navigators Global, and theGROUP.
The announcements of a team with years of cannabis policy and regulatory experience including NCIA Co-Founder Steve Fox of VS Strategies and Congressman Carlos Curbelo (an NFF supporter while serving the great state of Florida) to The Executive Team that also includes industry pioneer Heather Azzi and beltway insider and influential Linda Mercado Greene.
Yet to be formally announced, the hiring of longtime Levine ally, Nevadan, Joe Brezny as CTF’s Political Director. Brezny was the lead on the 2016 Nevada legalization effort.”
We were very pleased to see that in addition to taking positions on a variety of Federal issues, that CTF has weighed in on issues at the state level that could quickly become anti-free market. There is a significant risk of harming the overall market where special interests attempt to stake out a position and “preserve turf”. Two examples they cited are
“At some point, CTF will have to address policy issues that are being raised at the state level. In the past week, it was reported that the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association (NYMCIA) has aggressively lobbied NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to keep a homegrown option out of the equation for a NY state adult-use regulated program. From a policy perspective, this clearly seems like the licensed NY operators are saying its ok for them to operate legally but not for their potential consumer base.
In Illinois, medical marijuana growers have formed a political action committee and are spending money in an attempt to limit the market if recreational use of the drug is legalized in the state, a lobbying position that seems counter to an open market system where execution and competition typically decide who the winners and losers will be.”
CTF Announces Board