Rod Kight: A New Vision for Cannabis Reform (VIDEO) – The Three Pillar Approach

I gave a keynote speech at the 10th annual NoCo Hemp Expo in Estes Park, CO, put on by my friend and hemp advocate, Morris Beegle. In my talk, which you can view below or by clicking here, I propose a new paradigm for total cannabis reform in which the “hemp model” provides the quickest and most straightforward pathway to full federal cannabis legalization. Importantly, I also propose an entirely new regulatory system, which I call the Three Pillars Approach, to regulate hemp now and eventually all cannabis.

In addition to dismantling the unnecessary regulatory burdens currently strangling the marijuana industry, the Three Pillars Approach avoids getting mired in the intractable debate about “intoxicating cannabinoids” by focusing instead on three regulatory zones, which I refer to as “pillars”, namely, (1) limiting access by minors, (2) standardized quality control in production and manufacturing of cannabinoid products, and (3) uniform labeling requirements to provide sufficient information that adults can make an informed decision about the cannabinoid products they use. Successfully addressing these three pillars provides all of the necessary consumer safety guardrails while liberating the entire industry from overburdensome, outdated, expensive, and unnecessary regulations.

In my experience discussing this new approach with numerous individuals, I’ve found that it requires an internal paradigm shift- a willingness to let go of entrenched ideas about “hemp”, cannabis reform, and what is necessary for full federal cannabis legalization. Fortunately, once understood, I’ve found that this new approach usually feels like “waking up” to a new and better reality about what the cannabis industry- both hemp and marijuana- can be. I hope that you will take the time (20 minutes) to listen to my talk with a willingness to explore a new pathway for cannabis. I have also included a my notes/transcript below





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Tim Morales – The Cannabis Industry Association Costa Rica

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Carl L Rowley -Thompson Coburn LLP

Jerry Chesler – Chesler Consulting

Ian Stewart – Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Otis Felder – Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Lance Rogers – Greenspoon Marder – San Diego
Jessica McElfresh -McElfresh Law – San Diego
Tracy Gallegos – Partner – Fox Rothschild

Adam Detsky – Knight Nicastro
Dave Rodman – Dave Rodman Law Group
Peter Fendel – CMR Real Estate Network
Nate Reed – CMR Real Estate Network

Matthew Ginder – Greenspoon Marder
David C. Kotler – Cohen Kotler

William Bogot – Fox Rothschild

Valerio Romano, Attorney – VGR Law Firm, PC

Neal Gidvani – Snr Assoc: Greenspoon Marder
Phillip Silvestri – Snr Assoc: Greenspoon Marder

Tracy Gallegos – Associate Fox Rothschild

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Matthew G. Miller – MG Miller Intellectual Property Law LLC
Daniel T. McKillop – Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC

New York
Gregory J. Ryan, Esq. Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP
Tim Nolen Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Paul Loney & Kristie Cromwell – Loney Law Group
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Andrew B. Sacks – Managing Partner Sacks Weston Diamond
William Roark – Principal Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin
Joshua Horn – Partner Fox Rothschild

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Teddy Eynon – Partner Fox Rothschild