A startup marijuana trade organization has retained the lobbying arm of McGuireWoods. This has been done to press the federal lawmakers on cannabis industry issues which range from taxation to health care.
According to the registration documents filed last week, California based “The Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce” has contracted with McGuireWoods Consulting. The Lobbyists listed as working on the organization’s issues are Randal Meyer, Frank Donatelli, Robert Wasinger, Michael Drobac and Amanda Armistead.
When asked for information about the Global Alliance, a McGuireWoods spokesman said that the membership is being assembled and as of now no additional details were available.
According to a Costa Mesa Planning Commission report, the Costa Mesa address listed for the Global Alliance is also the address for CMX Distribution. CMX, is a marijuana distribution facility owned by Robert Taft Jr.. He also owns a dispensary in the nearby Orange County city of Santa Ana. Taft was not available for comment on Monday.
This is not the first marijuana lobbying client for McGuireWoods’. The firm has also represented Surterra Holding since 2017. It is a cannabis product manufacturer and distributor. McGuireWoods’ clients also include Altria. Last year Altria purchased a $1.8 billion stake in a cannabis company named Cronos Group.
Global Alliance is one of out of the at least three marijuana trade organizations to hire lobbyists this year.