By: JANAY HUNT
By: Yahoo News
During a meeting at Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, the Big Pot’s mobile war room was humming. Many congressional staffers leaned around them, filling white folders with literature about the federal government needing to change the nation’s law on cannabis. Every folder will be delivered to a congressional office, to have a primer on bills to reform banking and tax law for the cannabis industry.
The National Cannabis Industry Association blitzed Washington D.C. for two-days, the 3-year-old lobbying arm of the country’s increasingly organized legal marijuana industry. NCIA events manager Brooke Gilbert looked at the Goggle spreadsheet to see who has and still needed to make a stop on the offices at Capitol Hill.
The NCIA is a 22-member board and staff of five direct operations from the group’s headquarters in Denver, Colo. The group represents more than 400 companies in 20 states that together bring in more than $2 billion in revenue annually. The pot lobby is urgently in quest of legitimacy- and taking the steps to achieve it. With the marijuana shops in the 20 states that allow legal use, it is a good question why it is not legal nationwide. The industry is bringing in more than $2 billion in just 20 states; now imagine if all 50 states legalized its use. The amount of money to be taxed from it would greatly help with the national debt and help with revenue.