Cali Lawmaker Reveals Federal Direct-to-Consumer Legalization Bill
According to Forbes, a California lawmaker has introduced a federal bill that could allow licensed, small-scale cannabis companies to market and deliver direct to customers, including across state boundaries.
The bill is known as the Small and Homestead Independent Producers (SHIP) Act, the legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday by Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman from California. If it is passed by the House, it would allow SHIP Act to permit small cannabis producer delivery of marijuana products to customers via the postal service, which includes over state borders to those from other states that allow cannabis.
Huffman is a Californian who represents the 2nd Congress District. It comprises Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity Counties together named the infamous Emerald Triangle marijuana growing region which has been exporting illegal cannabis throughout the United States for many years. There are many cannabis growers in the region, most of which operate on small, family-run farms and are struggling to obtain the necessary licenses to be a part of California’s controlled market for cannabis that was established with the passing of Proposition 64 in 2016.
Independent cultivators have cited strict regulations for licensing, high fees, and competition from large corporations as obstacles to their being successful in the market that is regulated.