Former House of Representatives member Rob Curbelo, a Republican from Florida, has signed on as a senior advisor with the Cannabis Trade Federation, it was announced on Thursday. Curbelo said in a press release that his experience as a legislator with the non-profit cannabis industry advocacy group led to him joining its executive team.
“During my time in Congress, I worked closely with the Cannabis Trade Federation,” Curbelo said. “Today, I am joining CTF’s team because I know that they are the most effective cannabis industry lobby and that they have the resources, talent, and professional acumen needed to pass game-changing reform at the federal level.”
Curbelo served two terms in the House representing Florida’s 26th congressional district, until losing his bid for re-election in last year’s midterm contests to Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. During his tenure as a representative, Curbelo supported cannabis policy reform, including an unsuccessful attempt to exempt cannabis companies with state licenses from tax code section 280E, which denies firms deductions common in most industries. He was also a co-sponsor of the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act, which would protect states with cannabis regulation from interference by the federal government.
“In my home state of Florida,