Big Tobacco Firm Altria Hires Lobbyists for Cannabis Policy

大型烟草公司奥驰亚为大麻政策聘请说客

2021-02-13 05:08:55 Ganjapreneur

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Big tobacco firm Altria Group, whose brands include Marlboro, Copenhagen, Skoal, and Black & Mild, has registered with Virginia to lobby on cannabis policy. According to the disclosure documents filed last month, the firm retained Williams Mullen’s Elizabeth Rafferty to lobby on issues “related to the responsible and equitable regulation of cannabis sales in Virginia.” Last year, the company also hired Denver, Colorado-based Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck, one of the nation’s top cannabis and hemp law firms, to lobby Congress on federal policies related to CBD and “non-tobacco excise taxes,” according to filings outlined by Forbes. So far, Altria has paid $30,000 to lobby the House and $50,000 to lobby the Senate on cannabis tax and CBD issues, the filings show. The state filing was first reported by Cannabis Wire. Altria is an investor in Canadian licensed producer Cronos Group, which it infused $1.8 billion into in 2018, giving it a 45% stake in the company. Last year, the company filed for two cannabis vaporizer technology patents. Altria spokesperson George Parman told Cannabis Wire that the company plans “to work with policy makers and regulators in support of a transparent, responsible, and equitable operating environment for the sale of cannabis.” Despite the filing more than a month ago, neither the company nor its lobby group representative appeared during the public hearings on the recent legalization debate that ultimately led to the House and Senate each passing a broad reform bill, according to the Virginia Mercury. Those bills are headed to a conference committee which will come up with a compromise bill that would need to be approved by both chambers before moving to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature. Altria operates Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco, John Middleton, and STE Michelle Wine Estates, with investments in AB-InBev, and JUUL Labs. End Authored By: TG joined Ganjapreneur in 2014 as a news writer and began hosting the Ganjapreneur podcast in 2016. He is based in upstate New York, where he also teaches media studies at a local university.
大烟草公司奥驰亚集团,其品牌包括万宝路,哥本哈根,斯科尔和黑&温和,已经在弗吉尼亚州注册,就大麻政策进行游说。根据上个月提交的披露文件,该公司聘请威廉姆斯·马伦的伊丽莎白·拉弗蒂就“与负责任和公平地监管弗吉尼亚州大麻销售有关的”问题进行游说。 去年,该公司还聘请了位于科罗拉多州丹佛的Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck律师事务所,该事务所是美国最大的大麻和大麻律师事务所之一,就与《生物多样性公约》和“非烟草消费税”有关的联邦政策游说国会,根据《福布斯》概述的文件。文件显示,到目前为止,奥驰亚已经为游说众议院支付了3万美元,为游说参议院就大麻税和CBD问题支付了5万美元。 该州的申请是由大麻线公司首次报告的。 奥驰亚是加拿大特许生产商Cronos Group的投资者,2018年,奥驰亚向Cronos Group注资18亿美元,获得该公司45%的股份。去年,该公司申请了两项大麻蒸发器技术专利。 奥驰亚发言人乔治·帕尔曼告诉《大麻线》,该公司计划“与政策制定者和监管机构合作,为大麻销售提供一个透明、负责和公平的经营环境。” 据《弗吉尼亚水星报》报道,尽管一个多月前提交了申请,但该公司及其游说团体的代表都没有出席最近的合法化辩论的公开听证会,这场辩论最终导致众议院和参议院各通过了一项广泛的改革法案。这些法案将提交给一个会议委员会,该委员会将提出一项折衷法案,在提交给民主党州长拉尔夫·诺瑟姆签署之前,该法案将需要得到参众两院的批准。 奥驰亚经营菲利普莫里斯美国公司、美国无烟烟草公司、约翰米德尔顿公司和STE Michelle葡萄酒公司,并投资于百威英博公司和JUUL实验室。 结束 作者: TG于2014年加入Ganjapreneur担任新闻撰稿人,2016年开始主持Ganjapreneur播客。他住在纽约州北部,并在当地一所大学教授媒体研究。

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