Talk about defending the little guy.
Yesterday, September 14, Congressional Representatives Jared Hoffman (D-Calif.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced a new federal bill with a heavy focus: to enable small-scale cannabis growers and manufacturers to ship flower and marijuana products within the state. And across state lines, using either the US Postal Service or a private shipping company.
The bill is entitled Small and Homemade Independent Producers Act (SHIP Act), will not come into effect until Congress repeals cannabis and removes penalties for possession, manufacture, and distribution of cannabis at the federal level. In other words, it is a post-certification operating invoice.
When Congress legislates, the SHIP Act will give smaller cannabis players a crucial tool to compete against large corporations in the federal legal landscape. Customers anywhere in the country can access the products required, and the producers themselves will save a lot of third-party distribution fees. Except for future legislation, Just These small businesses can benefit from a shipping policy.
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Helping small farmers compete
Hoffman, whose native region includes the California hemp growing region known as the Emerald Triangle — considers federal legalization an “inevitable.”
“It’s a tough business environment [small businesses] are facing. Markets are consolidating,” Hoffman Tell marijuana momentKyle Jaeger. “The huge multinational companies are sure to do very well, but we want to make sure that the smaller operations have a chance to compete and succeed.”
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I’m still waiting for federal legalization, though
While members of Congress have introduced many federal bills, none have been introduced through the House and Senate.
Moore’s Law go home twicebut faltered in the Senate.
Most recently, in July 2022, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) officially Introduced cannabis management and opportunity law. While the federal bill may not pass the Senate this year, it nonetheless indicates a growing interest in getting legalization across the finish line.
Moreover, President Joe Biden He campaigned on a promise from federal decriminalization. He still has to fulfill that obligation.
Who qualifies for ship law?
The Maritime Shipping Act sets clear guidelines on which companies can benefit from the interstate policy of direct trade. On the farm front, SHIP will apply to those growing up to 1 acre of mature canopy outside, up to 22,000 square feet in greenhouses, or up to 5,000 square feet in indoor cultivation.
It will also apply to manufacturers that earn less than $5,000,000 in total annual revenue.
Broad support across the industry
Ships Law has Already got approvals From a wide range of trade and advocacy organizations including the Origins Council, Humboldt County Growers Alliance, FARMS Inc, Washington Sun & Craft Growers Association, Vermont Growers Association, Maine Craft Cannabis Association, Farm Bug Co-Op, Big Sur Farmers Association and Nevada Alliance County Hemp, Mendocino Hemp Alliance, Trinity County Agricultural Alliance and Sonoma County Growers Alliance.
Even organizations that usually remain silent about federal legalization have come out in support of shipping law.
Today we are passing a federal bill for the first time! We are proud to support the SHIP Act and all the small business associations that developed it [Reps. Huffman and Blumenauer]”non-partisan Parabola Center for Law and Policy wrote on Twitter. “Artisan farmers should be allowed to ship directly to consumers.”