Paul Finds Unlikely Support From Marijuana Advocates

National Cannabis Industry Association gave $5,000. Its executive director and federal lobbyist added another $2,000, according to a tally by the Center for Responsive Politic

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA :Among the top contributors to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign are the usual suspects — a financial management firm, a real estate developer, a manufacturer of hand tools. But Paul also is getting significant support from an unlikely source for a conservative Republican — the marijuana industry. The Marijuana Policy Project Read the full article…

NCIA Lobby Days 2015 Recap

This year, NCIA hosted an educational Policy Symposium to kick off the Lobby Days. NCIA director of government relations.

by Bethany Moore, NCIA Development Officer DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: While the cannabis industry and movement has grown at a phenomenal rate this last year, the body that governs our federal laws is notorious for moving at a glacial pace. Between the House of Representatives and the Senate, the future of our country is determined by Read the full article…

Pot Lobby Turns Its Back On ‘Cheech & Chong’

NCIA has dropped activist Tommy Chong from its Capitol Hill lobbying push in an attempt to remove stoner stereotypes.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The marijuana lobby is tired of the “Cheech & Chong” stoner jokes and wants to be taken seriously in Congress. That’s why the National Cannabis Industry Association dropped actor and marijuana activist Tommy Chong from its Capitol Hill lobbying push slated for the end of April. According to an internal email obtained Read the full article…

Historic Senate Pot Vote Imminent

Historic Senate marijuana vote imminent.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Advocacy groups like the Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, and Americans for Safe Access are urging citizens to contact their Senator today as a historic vote on de-funding the war on weed nears. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) proposed amendment to the Commerce, Science & Justice appropriations bill would block the Department of Justice Read the full article…

Grand Rapids Hotel Lights Up Occupancy Rates With Smoking Rooms – Pot Included

While no hard numbers exist on the growth of hotels catering to marijuana smokers in particular, Betty Aldworth, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a trade group, said "marijuana-related tourism is the fastest-growing sector of the marijuana industry."

MICHIGAN: The Howard Johnson franchise on 28th Street in Grand Rapids has seen occupancy soar since owner Bob Sullivan made a seemingly unfashionable business decision: accommodate smokers.