Grupo Flor Discuss Cannabis Reform with Congressman Jim McGovern
Last week, Grupo Flor’s co-founder, Gavin Kogan, had the opportunity to speak with Congressman Jim McGovern (MA). McGovern has replaced Pete Sessions of Texas as Chair of the House Rules Committee. The House Rules Committee decides which bills go to the floor for debate and vote, and which ones do not. Under Sessions, all cannabis bills were aggressively blocked. McGovern expressed to Gavin his commitment to pushing all cannabis bills to the floor for debate. Gavin further said McGovern was highly receptive to the view that the most important policy change goals for 2019 should be the elimination of banking limits and negative tax treatment of cannabis operations. As Gavin told us after, “if we can eliminate the financial harness and bit, our industry will have the muscle to push for more broad sweeping changes.”
Flor Cultivation Expands its Reach
Mark Vargas joins Grupo Flor as the President of Grupo Flor International. Mark’s experience spans 20 years in politics and international business. He is a current member of the CA Coastal Commission. Mark’s background is ideal for our international role as he spent many years as a child in Mexico and Columbia as well as launched an international business in Latin America where he operated a global supply chain consisting of commodity goods. Additionally, Mark has four years as an executive in the legal cannabis space, starting with an extraction business of CBD from hemp in Kentucky in 2015 and quite recently launching a 20 acre cannabis farm in Santa Cruz county in 2018.
Ashley Seigel joins Grupo Flor as the southern California wholesale sales manager based in Los Angeles. Ashley was came to us from the premium cannabis pre-roll operation, Lowell Herb Company where she was instrumental in launching the brand. She also worked various sales roles in NYC for four years. Ashley received a B.A. from Syracuse University.
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2019 Could be the Biggest Year for Marijuana Reform Yet
One of the biggest reasons for encouragement is a bill that many cannabis advocates believe could end up on President Trump’s desk: the States Act , which would formally leave marijuana regulation to the states instead of the federal government.
That single piece of legislation – while far short of what many MJ activists want – would be a “quantum leap” forward, in the words of Cannabis Trade Federation CEO Neal Levine. Perhaps the foremost factor that could prove the dealmaker for marijuana reform in 2019 is the change in congressional makeup.
“A lot of the things that were stopping us in the past were chairmen in positions of power that just refused to engage at all,” said U.S. Rep. David Joyce, a Republican from Ohio. “This is the first Congress in history where, going into it, it seems that broad marijuana reforms are actually achievable,” said Tom Angell, an advocate-journalist who runs Marijuana Moment.