State cannabis regulators create association

Michigan, Illinois, and seventeen other states announced the formation of the Cannabis Regulators Association last week. The organization’s website claims no advocacy positions on cannabis, but was created to “provide government jurisdictions with unbiased information”.

“The Cannabis Regulators Association will provide a much needed forum for regulators to engage with each other to identify and develop best practices, create model policies that safeguard public health and safety, and promote regulatory certainty for industry participants,” said Norman Birenbaum, CANNRA’s inaugural president, and the Director of Cannabis Programs for New York State.

Illinois and other states had previously been participating in a twice-annual “Cannabis Regulators Roundtable”, according to state email messages obtained by Grown In through a Freedom of Information Act request last summer. The Roundtable updated regulators on policy differences between states, and was organized by a consulting firm in Washington State.