A new national advocacy organization has launched in Los Angeles to advocate and educate lawmakers on the path towards federal cannabis legalization. Mr. Jason Beck, a longtime Angeleno who was born with cerebral palsy and an early medical cannabis patient, spearheaded the creation of the new organization. The Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce (GACC) will focus on legislation including, cultivation, manufacture, distribution, public safety, and taxation of medical and adult-use cannabis.
The GACC also recently released the first comprehensive model federal cannabis legislation, which includes the interests of multiple stakeholders: patients, industry, public policy officials, public safety officials, and communities adversely affected by prior laws and policies.
GACC’s model policies also creates a two-track framework for the Food and Drug Administration and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to safely control the cultivation, manufacture, and distribution of cannabis products in and between legal states. Objectives include, providing patients with safe access, eliminating impediments to U.S. investments, providing guidance for investment in communities harmed by cannabis prohibition, the education of law enforcement, and the expungement of criminal records for misdemeanor cannabis offenses. GACC will also advocate in Washington on issues important to Los Angeles-based cannabis businesses, including interstate and international trade and adopting critical mechanisms to expand LA’s cannabis industry into new markets.
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Their website is to be found at https://globalcannabiscommerce.org/
The Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce (GACC) advocates in front of government policymakers and legislators to support legalizing and regulating the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and use of medical and adult use cannabis products globally. GACC further works to ensure that medical and adult users of cannabis are not improperly stigmatized for their ordinary needs and activities.
Goal 1: Legalize and Regulate Cannabis Commerce Globally
Despite global prohibitions on the cultivation, refinement, and use of cannabis products and oils, growing consumer demand has sparked a vibrant and scientifically-oriented industry.
In order to meet that demand, it is imperative that governments: de-schedule cannabis from their respective controlled substance acts; provide a pathway for legalizing extant businesses and assets to ensure continuity; and permit the free trade of cannabis across domestic and international jurisdictions.
Goal 2: Ensure Patient and Adult User Access By Advocating For A Vibrant And Competitive Industry
The Alliance promotes the free trade of cannabis across jurisdictions, so that provincial interests do not undermine the needs of patients and larger economic growth. Current policies in the U.S. mean that some states’ medical professionals cannot meet their patients cannabis needs because the federal government prohibits transport across state lines, even between states in which it is legal. Current law also enables oligopolies to develop, driving up prices for patients and adult users.
Goal 3: Normalize The Medical and Adult Use of Cannabis
The Alliance is committed to educating the public and policymakers about medical and adult use cannabis, which dates back to as early as 3000 B.C. Modern science has definitively shown that cannabis is a much safer alternative to opioids for patient pain management and less harmful as an adult use substance than alcohol or tobacco. Backed by medical professionals and increasingly available scientific data, the Alliance’s efforts to destigmatize cannabis support its public policy mission.