US: Senator says ‘patchwork’ of cannabis laws allows big business to exploit industry

The “patchwork” of state cannabis laws being enacted across the country while federal prohibition remains unchanged is enabling large corporations to dominate the industry, harming communities that have been “decimated” by the drug war and underscoring the need for federal reform, a Democratic senator says.

In a prerecorded video set to be played at an upcoming event on combating monopolization in the cannabis industry, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) said that the existing state-by-state regulatory framework “creates confusion and barriers that big business exploits to make big bucks at the expense of communities already decimated by the war on drugs.”

The clip offers a preview of the types of conversations that advocates, small business owners, and lawmakers will be having at a “crash course” on federal cannabis policy on Saturday at the Boston Public Library. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) will also make a statement in a video that will be played at the event.

The Federal Cannabis Policy Crash Course is being organized by the Parabola Center for Law and Policy, a think tank working to educate people about the potential ramifications of consolidated ownership in the cannabis sector.


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