Lobbying

Congress, Lobbying

Why Are Big Insurance Companies Pushing for the SAFE Banking Act?

“We’re doing all we can to help the insurance market for cannabis operations mature," said a spokesperson for the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers.

Congress, Lobbying

2019 Will Be Major for Cannabis in Congress. Who Is Spending to Be Heard?

Cannabis Wire looks at Q1 2019 lobbying disclosure numbers for the major cannabis advocacy and industry groups.

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Smart Approaches to Marijuana Unveils “Marijuana Industry Donation Tracker”

News orgs might want to hold off on quoting the resource, as the “work in progress” contains several inaccuracies.

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PART III: A Sea Change for Cannabis Politics

As legislative priorities shift, what is gained? And what is lost?

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PART II: The Cannabis Industry Learns to Play Politics

Cannabis companies are increasingly lobbying and handing out campaign contributions on both sides of the aisle.

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PART I: Cannabis Courts the Grand Old Party

The cannabis debate in Congress is being reshaped along GOP-friendly lines.

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Cannabis Goes To Washington

A burgeoning industry is using its money to influence politics, and finding new GOP allies in the process. But there may be a price.

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An Anti-Cannabis Crusader Ramps Up for the Midterms—and Beyond

The leading anti-cannabis organization, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, is raising unprecedented money. Here’s where it’s throwing its weight.

Business, Congress, Lobbying

MedMen Requests Refund from Conservative Immigration PAC but Donation Still Draws Criticism

After Cannabis Wire revealed that MedMen and other leading cannabis businesses donated to a PAC called What A Country!, MedMen requested a refund, saying it had been unaware that the PAC supported anti-immigration candidates

Lobbying, New York

Cynthia Nixon’s “No Corporate Donations” Position Includes Big Cannabis Money Gov. Cuomo Welcomes

Unlike Cynthia Nixon, NY Gov. Cuomo has not voiced support for legalization, but he has accepted nearly $100,000 from big cannabis industry players

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The Short Sweet Life of a Cannabis-Industry PAC

Before it was quickly terminated, a Republican PAC called the Federalist Freedom Fund took in $187,000—all from the cannabis industry

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Why Are Cannabis Industry Leaders Donating to Anti-Immigration Candidates?

Most of the money going to the conservative immigration PAC What A Country! comes from cannabis companies