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Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined the National Cannabis Roundtable as an honorary co-chair, the group introduced Tuesday.
Her appointment offers the hashish lobbying group a second big political heavyweight because it pushes for finish the federal ban on marijuana. Its different honorary co-chair is former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
“The path forward for cannabis reform in Washington will require a holistic approach,” Sebelius mentioned. “We have to recognize and respond to multiple imperatives: there is an economic side to cannabis, but also a human side.”
“Whether it’s the jobs and revenue potential, the criminal and social justice reform, or the health implications, we need to embrace the human side and keep in mind how policy affects real people.
Sebelius was governor of Kansas before President Barack Obama tapped her for his administration, and she acknowledged the need to work with states, which have the led the way toward legalizing weed.
“Working with the states and the governors will be a big part of achieving the proper state and federal regulatory balance,” she mentioned.
Boehner, who additionally sits on the board of director of Acreage Holdings. mentioned Sebelius “will be a great partner in advancing our cause. She understands policy and knows what it takes to make law. We look forward to working together as a team.”
National Cannabis Roundtable spent $580,000 on lobbying in 2020, second solely to the $635,000 spent by the Cannabis Trade Federation. The roundtable spent $695,000 in 2019. Marijiuana lobbying throughout the board dropped in 2020 in contrast with 2019 because the coronavirus pandemic curbed face-to-face conferences and visits to Capitol Hill.
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