Thursday, May 17, 2018: Powerful House Appropriations VOTES to Continue Protection for State Medical Cannabis Programs: In the climate where House Republicans block most Cannabis initiatives, the Industry achieved a much need WIN in the House Appropriations Committee yesterday on Capitol Hill. For the first time in the legislative history of Cannabis legislation, the Majority Republican House Appropriations Committee voted to include key language that prohibits funding to prevent states from implementing their own medical marijuana laws into the text of the base bill. Thanks to the leadership of Congressman David Joyce (R-OH), the Industry will be able to avoid an inevitable challenge on this integral industry protection by Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) within the Rules Committee during the FY2019 Appropriations process. Click HERE For More Details.
The Liaison Group: Cannabis Lobbying Firm in Washington, D.C.
The Liaison Group (TLG) is a DC-based federal lobbying firm dedicated to shaping the federal legislative and policy landscape for the Cannabis Industry. TLG focuses its efforts and expertise in both the House and Senate with the overarching goal of protecting and preserving state-authorized Cannabis programs. Our approach:
Assess where each office is in their understanding of the Industry, the Cannabis Plant, and awareness of recent and current legislative efforts impacting Industry;
Identify the specific concerns of each office that influence their ability and willingness to support legislative efforts;
Educate offices on the modern applications and research of the Cannabis Plant, and serve as a resource on the dynamics within the Industry as well as on the Plant's benefits, efficacy and safety profile;
Influence Congressional Members and Staff on legislation by bridging a direct benefit between the legislation and their constituency, and articulating the consequences of inaction.
Advance and ultimately Change the laws that impact the entire Cannabis Industry by strategically navigating the current political climate, bringing unexpected allies into the fold, and leveraging unique windows of opportunity to advance legislative strategies.
The Liaison Group works to secure and sustain market access for businesses within the Cannabis Industry. The Liaison Group advocates for clients who believe that an Industry that values and is committed to compliance, via sound regulatory frameworks - that address finance and banking needs, manufacturing practices, labeling and packaging, and inventory and security measures - will flourish into a prosperous environment for all stakeholders.
Issue Advocacy: TLG makes sure our Cannabis clients' voices and values are heard and understood by federal lawmakers. By understanding the short, medium and long term Industry landscape, we not only succeed in raising awareness around evolving industry issues, but TLG helps change minds to deliver results.
Government Relations & Lobbying: TLG serves its clients as "eyes and ears" inside the beltway. TLG combines its "boots on the ground" DC experience with prowess and poise to interface with decision-makers and policy influencers throughout the federal government.
Strategic Planning & Consulting: Successfully and effectively communicating a message begins with a thoughtful, targeted and comprehensive plan. TLG works closely with every client to ensure that their organization's vision aligns with their government affairs and public policy initiatives to ultimately support their strategic goals.