The Cannabis Business Group (CBG) was organized to ensure that implementation of Initiative 502 (I-502) was undertaken by professional and committed cannabis business owners in Washington State. CBG’s Board of Directors and its members provide insight on the impact of government action upon their companies’ ability to grow and prosper under I-502, Federal law, and ever-changing state laws. CBG Directors and members contribute their leadership and expertise, not only to CBG’s policy development process, but also to the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) to make certain that I-502 regulation is both meaningful and sustainable as a national model for the future of the cannabis industry in the United States.
CBG understands that its role as one of the most influential cannabis trade organizations in Washington State is to be the powerful voice of the cannabis business community and the leading advocate for a state policy agenda that cultivates and maintains successful and compliant cannabis businesses. CBG is a strong force for functional government policies that will encourage tight regulatory standards and the dissemination of safe cannabis products, with a laser focus on the importance of compliance with state law for cannabis businesses.
CBG’s first-class conglomeration of industry experts provides unparalleled access and information on the key regulatory issues affecting cannabis businesses and their bottom lines. We are on the forefront of a wide range of I-502 policy battles with the state of Washington, from agricultural demands and health standards, to negotiations with the LCB, Department of Revenue, and the Attorney General about lucrative industry definitions, state tax burdens, and state law compliance. CBG constantly advocates on behalf of cannabis businesses in Washington to advance policies that help cannabis business owners operate safely and successfully in compliance with state law.
CBG is dedicated to implementing I-502 for cannabis producers, processors, and retailers. Washington voters enacted I-502 to take cannabis away from criminal organizations, to allow law enforcement to focus on violent crime, and to generate new state and local tax revenue. CBG will work closely with the Washington State Liquor Control Board and with the legislature to ensure that I-502 is implemented in a way that is fair and safe both to those involved with the growing, processing, and selling of cannabis, and to the citizens of Washington State.
CBG represents a select group of companies with a wealth of business knowledge and experience, both inside and outside the cannabis industry. Above all else, CBG’s mission is to see Washington become a world leader in safely and effectively regulating cannabis.