US Cannabis Council Sets Its Sights on Sweeping Federal Cannabis Reforms in 2021

US Cannabis Council Sets Its Sights on Sweeping Federal Cannabis Reforms in 2021

FEBRUARY 11, 2021 KIRSTEN A. HART

On February 8, 2021, a wide cross-section of cannabis industry advocates and heavy hitters founded the United States Cannabis Council (“USCC”).

USCC's Mission

The USCC is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization whose mission is “to build a future of legal access to cannabis delivered through an equitable and values-driven industry by advancing cannabis legalization at the federal and state level, and promoting restorative justice for communities harmed by cannabis prohibition.”

This strategic alliance—the first and largest of its kind—approaches reform through the lens of social equity and restorative justice. In addition to descheduling and legalization, the USCC advocates for the expungement of criminal records and release for past cannabis offenses, with the understanding that current cannabis policies have disproportionate effects on different communities. The USCC also seeks to increase safety standards and accountability as the industry continues its transition to the legal market.

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