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Fireside Chats with NCIA's Government Relations Team: Rolling Back or Rolling Up - Green Wave in 2023?
NCIA’s #IndustryEssentials webinar series is our premier digital educational platform featuring a variety of interactive programs allowing us to provide you timely, engaging and essential education when you need it most. The Fireside Chat series of NCIA’s #IndustryEssentials webinars are an exclusive quarterly opportunity for NCIA members to hear from our government relations team and guests about the latest developments in federal policy LIVE.

Federal cannabis policy has been a mixed bag in 2022. The SAFE Banking Act continues to be held up in the Senate while legislators negotiate what the future of that bill looks like. There also has been no substantive movement on CAOA, or other comprehensive reform bills. However, the Biden Administration recently shocked the industry with his unprecedented announcement that his administration would begin the process of working with the Department of Health and Human Services to reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I drug in the Controlled Substances Act.

What does this mean for the future of the cannabis industry, and what can we expect from the administration as well as the incoming 118th Congress?

Join NCIA’s Director of Government Relations, Michael Correia, and Deputy Director of Government Relations, Michelle Rutter Friberg, for an in-depth discussion recapping these developments, while also looking forward to 2023. Don’t miss your chance to gather virtually with your fellow NCIA members and participate LIVE in this conversation with NCIA’s team of government relations experts.

Dec 14, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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John Hudak
Senior Fellow & Deputy Director, Center for Effective Public Management @The Brookings Institution
John Hudak is deputy director of the Center for Effective Public Management and a senior fellow in Governance Studies. His research examines questions of presidential power in the contexts of administration, personnel, and public policy. Additionally, he focuses on campaigns and elections, legislative-executive interaction, and state and federal marijuana policy. John’s 2016 book, Marijuana: A Short History, offers a unique, up-to-date profile of how cannabis emerged from the shadows of counterculture and illegality to become a serious, even mainstream, public policy issue and source of legal revenue for both businesses and governments. In it, he describes why attitudes and policy have changed, and what those changes mean for marijuana's future place in society. John’s work has been recognized for its quality and contribution by the Midwest Political Science Association and the American Political Science Association’s Presidency Research Group.
Michael Correia
Director of Government Relations @National Cannabis Industry Association
Michael Correia is director of government relations for the National Cannabis Industry Association. His focus is raising awareness and building support for the cannabis industry’s issues on Capitol Hill. In addition, Michael works with other national organizations to increase the cannabis industry profile nationally. Prior to joining NCIA, Michael spent many years working on Capitol Hill, including working for Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA), who retired in 2010, and the House Committee on Resources, serving three different Chairmen. Previously, he was director of federal affairs for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and senior project manager for the Committee for Responsible Federal Budget. In both positions, he advocated for policies in Congress. A campaign veteran, he has worked and volunteered on numerous political campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels over the past two decades. Michael is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego.
Michelle Rutter Friberg
Deputy Director of Government Relations @National Cannabis Industry Association
Michelle Rutter Friberg is deputy director of government relations for the National Cannabis Industry Association. Prior to working for NCIA, Michelle was a research analyst at a government affairs firm in Washington, D.C., where she analyzed and tracked legislation on numerous issues. Michelle graduated from James Madison University in 2012, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in History. During her studies, she held a year-long internship with Virginia House of Delegates member Tony Wilt (R). There, she communicated with constituents, businesses, and government officials alike, facilitating meaningful conversations. Michelle was also a member of a pre-law fraternity where she planned events and hosted social functions that sought to encourage long-lasting professional and personal relationships with members. A native Virginian, Michelle currently resides in the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Capitol Hill.
Shanita Penny
Founder/CEO @Budding Solutions
Shanita Penny M.B.A. is an internationally recognized management consultant with over a decade of experience in helping Fortune 500 companies solve complex issues and improve business performance. Her reputation as a strategic thinker and a results oriented leader was cultivated in management and consulting roles with companies such as Pepsico, McCormick and Company and JDA Software. As a certified Project Management Professional and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Shanita brings a much needed skillset coupled with immense passion to the cannabis industry. Prior to founding Budding Solutions, she successfully led over $5 million in Enterprise Governance, Risk and Compliance software projects for a major telecommunications company. Shanita is especially proud of her work as a cannabis activist and has lobbied on Capitol Hill with organizations like DC NORML for the reform of national marijuana laws. She also works closely with registered lobbyists on a local level on behalf of her clients.