A few days ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a frequent critic of the legalization of marijuana, rescinded a set of memos put forth by the Obama Administration. In essence, the memo effectively discouraged federal prosecutors from targeting cannabis operations that were in compliance with state law.
According to a recent poll by HuffPost/YouGov, a majority of Americans, 56 percent of them, say they would oppose federal efforts to stop the sale and use of marijuana in states where it’s been legalized.
And the Nation’s Attorney General isn’t the only one pushing back against the legalization of marijuana, States and Cities, such as the City of Detroit, most recently, are pushing back too.
To explain this further, I spoke with Lloyd Banks, CEO of Cannabis Practice Group, a leading provider of strategic management, consulting, and communications in the Cannabis industry.
Your firm Cannabis Practice Group just celebrated a big win and made history for pot activists in Detroit, how was that for your team?
It was exciting & positive for our team. It was important to open up Michigan’s largest market to opt into the Michigan Medical Marijuana Facility & Licensing Act (MMFLA) for compliancy & health care delivery. Because Detroit’s legislative body didn’t pass the MMFLA enabling ordinance, voters had to pass this initiative or the industry & citizens would have been locked out of an $870 million industry with over 272,000 medical marihuana patients (only 31 communities out of 1,775 have opted into the MMFLA). We view this as a win for patients in this growing market segment of Healthcare.
We also see this as a validation for our campaign strategic approach of analytics, tactics and sales messaging. We identified the turnout within 4% of actual totals & composition of the voting consumer electorate. We