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Are big tobacco and big alcohol good for the cannabiz?

By Alex Halperin Mar 23, 2021
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Alex Halperin is the founder, editor and publisher of WeedWeek. Before he started covering marijuana legalization in 2014 he reported on topics such as fracking, health care, technology a...
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Alex Halperin is the founder, editor and publisher of WeedWeek. Before he started covering marijuana legalization in 2014 he reported on topics such as fracking, health care, technology and finance. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Slate, Fast Company, Quartz, the Washington Post, Mother Jones, The New Yorker and many other publications. His first book, The Cannabis Dictionary, was published in March. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Amid an unprecedented push for federal cannabis legalization, a new group with members representing alcohol, tobacco, and other industries has raised questions about how it plans to influence cannabis policy.

The Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation (CPEAR), which launched as a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization in March, is based on the premise national legalization is inevitable and it’s in everyone’s interest for the federal government to help standardize aspects of the industry. Currently, licensing and regulations are determined on a state-by-state basis.

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