Tell Congress To Include Cannabis In The Next COVID-19 Relief Bill
In these truly difficult times, many small businesses in the cannabis industry are struggling. The fact of the matter is that if smaller cannabis companies in the United States close down during the coronavirus pandemic, they will likely never open again.
We cannot let that happen.
The National Cannabis Industry Association is spearheading an effort to get financial relief for the emerging cannabis industry in the United States. So far, stimulus packages have not involved assistance for the cannabis industry.
Below is an action alert from the National Cannabis Industry Association that we are encouraging everyone to participate in, even if you don’t own a cannabis company. We are all in this together, so please step up and do your part:
While we all continue to do our jobs to flatten the curve in the age of COVID-19, our lobbying team in D.C. has been hard at work on your behalf. We have been working every angle and are exploring any and all opportunities to provide relief for our industry.
The offices of Congressman Blumenauer (D-OR) and Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) have taken the lead on sending a letter to congressional leadership asking that they address the exclusion of state legal cannabis and ancillary businesses from the recently passed CARES Act. But now, we need your help.
In order for these letters to be seriously considered by congressional leadership, we need to get as many members of Congress to sign on as possible. Please consider calling your representative and Senators today and ask them to sign on to the appropriate letter. You can find your member of Congress and how to contact them here.
Here is a short script you can use:
“Hi, I am calling/writing today to ask that you sign onto Congressman Blumenauer/Senator Rosen’s letter to leadership. This letter asks that state-legal cannabis businesses have access to Small Business Administration programs to ensure they have the financial capacity to undertake the public health and worker-focused measures experts are urging businesses to take. This current lack of access will undoubtedly lead to unnecessary layoffs, reduced hours, pay cuts, and furloughs for the workers of cannabis businesses who need support the most. As your constituent, I ask and urge that you sign on to Congressman Blumenauer/Senator Rosen’s letter as soon as possible. Our industry, our businesses, and our employees cannot wait.”