A current poll identifies that 80% of Americans believe marijuana should be regulated like alcohol if it is legalized. Many are also amenable to sales at cannabis – marijuana specific shops and, surprisingly, liquor stores.
- Purchasing marijuana at designated cannabis store, with 60 % in favor.
- Purchasing marijuana at a liquor store, with 43% in favor.
- Purchasing marijuana at a coffee shop store, with 22% in favor.
Currently 58% of respondents said they think marijuana should be legal vs. 39% who hold the opposite view. The pro-marijuana recreational adult use is climbing each year.
“The increasingly strong national support for making marijuana legal demonstrates that the writing is on the wall,” Steve Fox, the director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement responding to the PPP poll. “Marijuana prohibition’s days are numbered.
Problem: The current market reality is that there has been no industry leadership, record keeping, or process flow in place until NCDA. A quick gap analysis or self-audit of the two industries (Alcohol and Cannabis) demonstrates the need to develop dialogue and discussions to create synergies between the two industries. Combining cannabis in with the existing Alcohol system for regulation, may or may not work. Possibilities of a new system specifically designed to regulate the unique needs of cannabis are being discussed. Cannabis regulations are needed more than ever in history and Alcohol and Cannabis need to work this out.
Solution: The industry needs to aggressively pursue policy that creates a solid foundation for the industry before it negatively affects the industry. Capital is flowing worldwide and geopolitical events are influencing the domestic cannabis industry. The NCDA brings together the driving forces behind the cannabis industry and looks for alliances with the Nevada alcohol industry so that the two can work together.
Nevada Cannabis Distributors Association recognizes this era of growth for the cannabis industry is unprecedented and that the evolution of the industry is time sensitive. Much will be influenced by regulation and NCDA works to ensure the appropriate regulations are in place. As with the alcohol industry, the three-tier system for the cannabis industry is key. Capital is what takes a cottage business or idea into a viable long-term business model. There are certain to be concerns from both the alcohol and cannabis industry leaders, political organizations and start-up companies, however bringing together a membership base within the NCDA with the support of alcohol distributors, cannabis cultivators, and retailers alike, will allow open dialogue and help business owners achieve success. We are working toward one common goal: a process flow to ensure the newly generated tax revenue is utilized in a way that ensures viability of the industry while improving and developing our communities. The outcome of any business is to create jobs, provide a needed service that generates revenue while having a legitimate tax structure in place. While these three outcomes are not unfamiliar, they have yet to be resolved in the fastest growing industry in the United States.
Nevada Cannabis Distributors Association has begun with a view for longevity of the industry and its participants. Bringing together the insights and experiences of the leaders in both the alcohol and cannabis industries will ensure the continued viability of the cannabis economy and will develop solutions and great benefits for all participants.
We support and propose a modified three tier system with lessons learned from the alcohol industry to be modified for the marijuana industry. We are committed to creating and investing in business opportunities, helping provide education and employment opportunities, and making a difference in people’s lives.
We strongly believe that today, more than ever, using the three tier platforms and resources to create job opportunities, as well as for the communities we serve.
- Read more here on Who is Regulating Marijuana
- Read more here on Adult Marijuana Use
- Read more here on Marijuana Outreach Programs