California Lawmaker Unveils Bill To Legalize Direct-To-Consumer Marijuana Sales NationwidePosted by On

A California lawmaker on Wednesday introduced a federal bill that would allow small, licensed cannabis operators to sell and ship their products directly to consumers, including across state lines. Known as the Small and Homestead Independent Producers (SHIP) Act, the legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday by Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman of California. If passed, the SHIP Act would allow small cannabis farmers to send marijuana purchases to customers through the mail, including across state lines to consumers in other states with legal cannabis.

Huffman represents California’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity Counties, collectively known as the famed Emerald Triangle marijuana growing region that has exported illicit cannabis across the country for decades. Many cannabis growers in the area, most of whom operate on small, family-run farms, have struggled to gain the necessary licensing to participate in California’s regulated cannabis market, which was created with the passage of Proposition 64 in 2016. Independent cultivators cite strict licensing regulations, exorbitant fees and competition from deep-pocketed corporations as barriers to success in the regulated…

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