National hashish regulation and coverage leaders from Vicente Sederberg LLP and VS Strategies can be found to supply commentary and evaluation
Areas of specialization embrace implementation of latest state legal guidelines and rules; financial impacts; hashish enterprise issues and company outlook; hemp; and federal coverage
Voters in 5 states are contemplating poll measures that might legalize hashish for grownup and/or medical use, and the heated races for president and management of Congress might have an effect on ongoing efforts to reform hashish legal guidelines on the federal stage.
In Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota, voters will resolve whether or not to legalize and regulate hashish for adults 21 and older. In Mississippi and South Dakota, voters will take into account establishing state-regulated medical hashish applications. See beneath for hyperlinks to extra details about the poll measures and a map exhibiting all of the states the place hashish is authorized or on the poll.
Attorneys and coverage professionals at main nationwide hashish regulation agency Vicente Sederberg LLP and its coverage consulting affiliate, VS Strategies, can be found to supply commentary and evaluation on a variety of cannabis-related points main as much as and following Election Day. See beneath for a listing of featured crew members, their focus areas, and hyperlinks to their bios.
This week, VS started publishing a collection of columns about cannabis-related election points on its VS Insights weblog, starting with items about federal policy impacts and the New Jersey legalization measure. The corporations have additionally scheduled a post-election webinar for November 19, which is able to concentrate on federal legalization within the aftermath of the presidential and congressional elections; enterprise alternatives and licensing points in states that undertake new medical and adult-use hashish legal guidelines; and the overall company outlook for cannabis-related companies in 2021.
VS and VSS crew members performed main roles within the drafting, passage, and implementation of Colorado’s legalization initiative in 2012-2013. Since then, they’ve been on the forefront of comparable coverage modifications throughout the nation and all over the world, offering authorized counsel and coverage steerage to governments, commerce associations, companies, nonprofits, and others. VS companions Charles Alovisetti and Cassia Furman additionally just lately co-authored a e-book on hashish enterprise and authorized points, which incorporates contributions from a number of further VS attorneys and crew members.“The Cannabis Business: Understanding Law, Finance, and Governance in America’s Newest Industry” (Routledge, 2020) is scheduled for publication on the finish of the yr.
Statement from VS founding associate Brian Vicente:
“This could be one of the most momentous election years in history for the movement to end cannabis prohibition. Major cannabis policy reform measures are being voted on in all four corners of the country. From Arizona to New Jersey and Montana to Mississippi, Americans are calling for cannabis to be regulated and treated like other products that are legal for adult or medical use. Voters in these states have watched as nearby states successfully implement these laws, and not surprisingly they want to enjoy the same benefits. When the dust settles after Election Day, cannabis could very well be legal for adult use in one-third — and for medical use in two-thirds — of the United States.”
Statement from VS founding associate Christian Sederberg:
“The cannabis industry is closely watching this year’s federal elections. The outcomes of the race for the presidency and control of the Senate will have a significant impact on cannabis policy reform. While the Trump administration has generally respected state cannabis laws, the Biden-Harris ticket has expressed support for legislative reform at the federal level. More significantly, a Democratic majority in the Senate would usher in new committee chairs, opening the door to consideration and possible passage of a range of cannabis-related bills. While we are confident that federal legalization will happen eventually, this election could speed up the process and result in real reform.”
Current U.S. Cannabis Laws and 2020 State Ballot Measures
View/download a map exhibiting the states which have legalized hashish and the states voting on legalization measures this yr.
Arizona (Proposition 207)
Mississippi (Initiative 65 and Alternative 65A)
Montana (Constitutional Initiative 118 and Initiative 190)
New Jersey (Public Question 1)
South Dakota (Amendment A and Initiated Measure 26)
Featured Sources and Focus Areas
Charles Alovisetti – Partner and Corporate Practice Chair, VS
National company outlook; Montana and South Dakota licensing points and enterprise alternatives
Jennifer Cabrera – Counsel, VS
New Jersey legalization, licensing and enterprise alternatives
Cassia Furman – Partner, VS
Implementation of latest state legal guidelines; regulatory points; native authorities points
Shawn Hauser – Partner and Hemp and Cannabinoids Practice Chair, VS
Impact of federal elections on federal and state hemp coverage issues
Sally Kent Peebles – Partner, VS
Mississippi licensing points and enterprise alternatives
Andrew Livingston – Director of Economics and Research, VS
Economic impacts of latest state legal guidelines; provide and demand points
Jerrico Perez Bennett – Senior Associate Attorney, VS
Arizona licensing and enterprise alternatives
Christian Sederberg – Founding Partner, VS; Chair, Cannabis Trade Federation
Federal coverage issues and nationwide trade outlook
Brian Vicente – Founding Partner, VS
State legalization and medical hashish legal guidelines; nationwide outlook for legalization; licensing and enterprise alternatives
Jordan Wellington – Partner, VSS
Implementation of latest state legal guidelines; regulatory points