Despite promises from policymakers, recent hope for rescheduling, and initiatives by activists, cannabis remains a federally illegal Schedule I Drug that — along with all of the trappings of federal prohibition — there are specifics in federal law about transportation across state lines. Since the first states introduced regulated cannabis markets, the confinement of cannabis products and “ring fence regulations” that isolate each state to its borders for all forms of cannabis commerce have posed a significant obstacle for the industry. However, recent laws in a handful of West Coast states could signal the beginning of change to that aspect of the industry.
My time as a leader in the cannabis industry has shown me that progress doesn’t always come through the expected avenues. Today, I want to share why these state-level legal developments are so exciting and how they have the potential to revolutionize cannabis commerce on a larger scale.
Cannabis Commerce Along The West Coast
Washington State recently passed a bill allowing for cross-border agreements with other states that are home to regulated cannabis industries, allowing manufacturers to transport cannabis products across state lines. Oregon and California already have similar bills, opening the possibility of a unified cannabis industry along the West Coast.
State-By-State Requirements For Interstate Commerce
Though each state is open to interstate commerce partnerships for cannabis products, each has different “triggers” that will allow this commerce to begin.
Washington: Cannabis products must be tested, packaged, and labeled per both states’ regulations.
Oregon: Cannabis products brought into the state must be tested to ensure compliance with Oregon’s health and safety standards regarding cannabis products.
California: Cannabis products must unilaterally comply with or …