Amid an unprecedented push for federal cannabis legalization, a new group with members representing alcohol, tobacco, and other industries has raised questions about how it plans to influence cannabis policy.
The Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation (CPEAR), which launched as a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization in March, is based on the premise national legalization is inevitable and it’s in everyone’s interest for the federal government to help standardize aspects of the industry. Currently, licensing and regulations are determined on a state-by-state basis.
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