Cannabis Trade Council
CTC is involved in Colorado cannabis politics in a big way, and
we do so in the interest of all our members and patients in Colorado.
Our team has been shaping Colorado cannabis politics for over 20
years, so we have the most experience in the state. CTC works to
identify and promote cannabis-friendly politicians, defeat harmful
legislation, and lobby for the passage of new laws that protect
patients and industry. CTC also supplies the most complete and accurate
information about the ever-changing government requirements regarding
medical marijuana businesses.
State Legislative Affairs
The General Assembly convenes again on January 12, 2011 for 5 months,
and CTC will be actively engaged in politics down at the Capitol
Building for the entire session. Lawmakers will try to amend existing
medical marijuana laws. CTC is actively lobbying for sponsors of
several bills that would be beneficial to medical cannabis businesses.
In addition, CTC will lobby against bills that seek to over-regulate
the medical marijuana industry. We work with the most experienced
lobbyists in the state to work the legislative process to our advantage.
The Colorado Department of Revenue and the Colorado Department of
Public Health and Environment are both in the process of writing
hundreds of pages of new rules governing the medical marijuana industry.
CTC keeps the industry informed of the best ways to have input on
the process so that you can further the success of your business.
Our Standards and Ethics committees are working on putting together
regulations that the industry would like to see. It is imperative
that the cannabis industry creates an organization that can self-regulate
in a reasonable fashion, to avoid over-reaching laws. CTC believes
the standards that the cannabis industry develops for itself will
provide a much higher level of safety and certainty than anything
written by politicians and government bureaucrats.
Federal Legislative Affairs
CTC is working with federal legislators on the issue of state's
rights for medical marijuana and whether federal law supersedes
a state Constitutional amendment.
Local Government Project
Medical marijuana is under attack at a local level, through restrictive
zoning and outright bans. CTC can help you work with your local
government to address the issues facing your business on a local
level. These services include providing draft regulations and giving
educational presentations. CTC can also provide direct democracy
training to show local citizens to use ballot initiatives or referenda
to overturn local bans and improve their local laws.
Cannabis Constitution Project
Fatal flaws in Amendment 20 have allowed the state legislature to
regulate medical marijuana in an overly-restrictive and unreasonable
fashion. This can be fixed by amending the Constitution with a well-written
cannabis law that protects patients and business owners alike and
that cannot be subverted by the state legislature. CTC has joined
together with other statewide reform groups to place a ballot initiative
on the 2012 ballot in Colorado to amend the Constitution with a
law that makes sense.
CTC provides a voice for our members in the legal system. CTC is
working with the Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project
to overturn the unconstitutional parts of HB 10-1284 and SB 10-109.
CTC works with the best medical marijuana attorneys in the state,
who provided CTC members with special discounts. CTC is also maintains
a comprehensive legal library for cannabis business owners to get
all their legal questions answered in one place.
CTC has many volunteer advisory committees working to develop industry
standards and ethics and shape the future of cannabis. Click
here for more information on the Cannabs Trade Council's Advisory
CTC provides a voice for the cannabis industry and our members in
the press. We actively engage the media to produce fair and accurate
reports on the issues vital to the industry.
We host educational presentations for our members and the public,
including seminars on compliance training, business issues, technology
and other areas of interest to the cannabis industry.
Medical marijuana businesses can't find financial institutions that
will do business with them. CTC is working hard to solve this banking
crisis from several different angles to benefit all our members.