Cannabis Legalization & Regulation

WSWA believes the time has come for Congress to comprehensively legalize and regulate adult-use cannabis at the federal level. 

Cannabis legalization at the state level is here to stay, evidenced by nearly a decade of newly legalized state markets and no meaningful effort to undo them. Rather, states that have legalized are expanding their markets and even preparing ways to begin interstate commerce of the product. Yet they receive no support from the federal government in determining how to ensure that products being sold to consumers are safe or that the market is fair and competitive—especially as the market becomes increasingly national in scope.  


WSWA has developed policy principles for the federal regulation of cannabis. The principles are based on the federal regulations that govern alcohol and focus on the permitting of producers and distributors, proper labelling and testing of products, efficient tax collection, and measures to ensure public health and safety.


Core to these principles is the belief that all businesses engaged in the production and interstate transport of cannabis should be federally regulated, all cannabis products should be taxed, and states should have the authority to enact stronger measures within their borders.