PORTLAND, Ore., June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Greenspoon Marder is proud to support the Oregon Cannabis Association (OCA) 3rd Annual National Lobby Days in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22. The trip will bring more than thirty Oregon cannabis businesses to the nation's capital to lobby in favor of protecting state's rights, access to banking services and changing the unfair tax provisions applied to marijuana businesses. This year the group will also be working on veteran's access and hemp.
Amy Margolis, a shareholder with Greenspoon Marder's Cannabis Law practice group and executive director of the OCA, says that this trip makes an enormous impact on the perspective Congress takes when it comes to cannabis. "This is our third trip of Oregon cannabis business leaders. This industry is desperately in need of changes that only Congress can make and the OCA feels it is crucial to dedicate time and resources to bringing this message directly to D.C."
Greenspoon Marder has expanded the firm's Cannabis Law practice group to become the most dedicated national law firm providing comprehensive legal support to this burgeoning industry. "As part of growing our robust cannabis practice, our firm has made a commitment to support the industry at the lobbying level. Greenspoon Marder is standing behind the cannabis industry not only as legal professionals, but politically in helping raise awareness and advocating for these necessary changes in legislation. I am looking forward to being there myself to directly advocate alongside business enterprises," says Gerry Greenspoon, co-managing director of the firm.
This trip is especially crucial because of the many challenges the new administration brings to cannabis legalization. Due to the nature of this Congress and the position the Trump administration has taken through his signing statement and the Department of Justice, the OCA will be focusing more time and energy on discussing state's rights, public safety and economic fairness- messaging that the organization is hoping will resonate with Republicans.
"When you see states like Florida, Ohio and Arkansas moving forward to build cannabis programs, it is clear the tide has turned in favor of legalization, " says Hunter Neubauer an OCA member and co-owner of Oregrown. "As more states come online the lack of banking and unfair tax treatment of these businesses becomes even more apparent. We need change now and that's what we plan to tell Congress."
The OCA will be participating in more than forty lobbying meetings as well as briefings and evening events in order to reach the largest number of D.C. decision makers.
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