Federal Policy Issues
NCDA recognizes that without effective regulation the industry stands little to no chance of viability. Because of this, NCDA actively engages with federal lawmakers, agencies, and regulators to educate them on the value of state-based cannabis regulation and to discuss economic and regulatory issues that impact Nevada’s cannabis industry participants.
While the public opinion regarding cannabis is experiencing a nationwide sea change, NCDA still engages with federal lawmakers to help them understand the importance of managing growth of the industry responsibly and in a way that ensure safety of consumers while managing tax revenue and viability of the industry.
NCDA envisions a state-based regulatory system for cannabis that delivers commercial, economic, and regulatory value for consumers and communities. Where state alcohol laws that reflect local citizens’ needs and attitudes have worked effectively since the ratification of the 21st Amendment, effective cannabis regulation can accomplish the same for the cannabis industry. These laws should support and facilitate an independent three-tier (producer, distributor, and retailer) cannabis distribution system.
The advantage of sound regulation is that it provides a level playing field for all participants. Cannabis consumers benefit from this system and are protected from contaminated or counterfeit products. The three-tier structure allows for an accountable chain of custody, trading the product from production to sale and preventing youth consumption or exposure to adulterated product.