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successful with ballot measures-particularly in red states.
It's been fascinating.
The movement for legalization and the growth of the
industry is not waiting. This is galloping ahead. We're looking
at probably $20 billion next year. We have 108 million people
who live where cannabis is legal for adult use. There are over
a quarter-million people who work in this industry. So this is
a movement that is not waiting for the federal government to
finally get its act together.
Do you feel there's a window open to cannabis
reform that might close after the 2022 election?
I think people ought to have the sense of urgency that this
is the critical year.
People need this legislation to be enacted. People
need to have access to banking to be able to deal with
this $20 billion industry that is growing exponentially.
What do you see as the biggest obstacles to
federal reform?
Well, when you're dealing with a complex, important issue,
there are a number of ways that it can be derailed. We have
John Schroyer is a reporter for Marijuana
Business Daily. You can reach him at
john.schroyer@mjbizdaily.com.
to crush this coronavirus. That is probably Job One. It spills
over into the way that our economy has been battered. And
it's going to be slow going recovering.
This is going to be arguably the most consequential
session of Congress in a century. I mean, we've not seen
anything like this. This is unprecedented. And it's at a
time when there are deep divisions in our country and
in Congress.
One of the nice things about reform of our cannabis laws
is this is an area that doesn't have to be intensely partisan.
This is an area where voters in red states have spoken, as
well as New Jersey and Oregon. It can be something that
brings people together.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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