Los Angeles cannabis stakeholders join forces to influence regulations

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In response to Los Angeles’ issuance of draft regulations for marijuana businesses, three organizations are joining forces to lobby for “comprehensive and equitable” industry rules.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the United Cannabis Business Association and the L.A. Cannabis Task Force plan to work hand-in-hand with the aim of getting workable industry rules installed before January 2018 so there’s a seamless transition to the regulated market, the groups said in a news release.

“The collaboration is evidence that cannabis businesses are committed to forging alliances with existing and new members of our industry,” Jerred Kiloh, president of the United Cannabis Business Association (UCBA), said in the release. “Without industry input, the city could be proposing regulations that might not even be workable.”

The UCBA and the Task Force represent dozens of existing operators within the L.A. cannabis trade, and the UFCW represents dispensary workers across the city.

The organizations are hosting an educational forum on the draft regulations – including what still needs to be addressed – on  June 19 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.