In a recent analysis of cannabis industry lobbying, 48% of lobbyist reports lobbyists did not disclose their funder’s cannabis affiliation, and cannabis organizations used strategies that may have obscured the true amount and source of funding. Lobbyists and agencies concurrently represented the alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis industries, possibly facilitating inter-industry alliances when interests align. The cannabis industry has an interest in creating a regulatory environment which maximizes profits at the cost of public health, similar to the tobacco, alcohol, and food industries. The study sought to describe the cannabis industry’s lobbying activities in the Colorado State Legislature over time.
Read the full study in the International Journal of Drug Policy here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2022.103585
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