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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New York Times, New Trade Group’s Focus Will Be Marijuana Industry

New Trade Group’s Focus Will Be Marijuana Industry

By Dan Frosch, The New York Times - Tuesday, November 23 2010
Steve DeAngelo, founded a marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif., and is on the board of an industry trade group. It is being called the green rush. With more states moving to legalize medical marijuana, the business of growing and dispensing it is booming, even as much of the rest of the economy struggles.

Now, flush with financial clout, and with their eyes on pushing Congress to further loosen laws, medical marijuana industry leaders are forming a national trade association. While there are smaller, local trade groups, organizers around the country say this will be the first business organization working on the national level.

Based in Washington, the group, the National Cannabis Industry Association, will focus primarily on lobbying, but will also help medical marijuana businesses navigate a patchwork of laws that differ depending on location.
Is this good or bad news? Will the big boys of the cannabis industry monopolize and create barriers to enter the market? Will they protect patients or their bottom line? Strange to see three top members of MPP leading this new organization? Isn't that kind of a conflict of interest representing patients and then the businesses and their trade group that could monopolize and price control the medicine? NORML represents cannabis consumers. Who does MPP represent? Medical patients, cannabis consumers and the businesses that serve them?


  1. very biased, medical laws for qualified users is very beneficial for businesses. I think the medical laws are better and will be less troublesome (involving dui's, ect)

  2. Very biased? You have three groups represented on their board of directors. Dispensary owners, media that generates advertising from dispensary owners and MPP. All pretend to represent patients. I see a conflict of interest all over the place. And not just with the trade group but with the system that has been set up in California and now in Maine....

  3. And PS, my bias is for consumers and medical users who are still paying inflated prices for access to marijuana. Black market prices. And this trade group seems to not care but to cash in. Maybe I should join them and collect a check, say the heck with worrying about it. Hey I could cash in!


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