A new campaign has been created to push for interstate commerce despite the lack of federal support
The federal government is having a hard time getting its head around the concept of nationwide cannabis legalization, and this has caused some issues on the state level. One of the most glaring problems is the lack of access to financial resources, but even more troublesome is the inability of cannabis companies to deal across state lines, as an attempt to ship marijuana from one state to another would be considered illegal on the federal level. Oregon recently had a glut of marijuana that could have been put to good use in California, but the federal restrictions made this impossible and tens of thousands of dollars were lost. A new campaign is now underway to change the rules, even if the federal government doesn’t want to get involved.
The Alliance for Sensible Markets was created for the purpose of convincing governors in legal states to create interstate agreements to allow cannabis to be shipped between the states. These agreements would be completely legal, despite the federal restrictions, and would be a huge bonus for the cannabis industry and commerce, in general. To get things started, only two states would have to agree to make such an agreement, but more would be better.
Adam Smith, the founder of the campaign, explains, “With this policy change, immediately across producer states, you will see valuations for thousands of farms and businesses increased by multiples, which will spur an immediate wave of investment expansion and job creation. On the east coast in the consumer states, legalizing cannabis with interstate commerce, will mean that they can get industries up and running and stable in six-to-18 months, rather than three years or five years or seven years, spurring an immediate wave of investment, business formation and tens of thousands of jobs just when the states need them. We are looking to partner with the governors and be their partners in economic recovery.”