Four licensed medical cannabis producers and one affiliated company have moved forward to create the New Mexico Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. The newly formed organization has registered and is applying for 501(c) 6 member association nonprofit status.
The New Mexico Cannabis Chamber will be focused on the industry side of cannabis. The chamber will act as a facilitator for the advancing the industry by bringing together entrepreneurs from the full spectrum of businesses that work within the industry.
New Mexico currently has more than 50,000 medical cannabis patients that are served by 35 Licensed Non Profit Producers (LNPPS) who operate across the state. Patients are very much at the center of the medical cannabis industry within New Mexico, but there are already multiple advocacy groups that represent their best interests in the legislature but none that represent the commerce and economic development side of the industry.
Vince Galbiati has been hired as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Cannabis Chamber. Galbiati has more than 20 years experience in corporate finance, economic development, public policy, and nonprofit association management. His most recent experience was serving as President and CEO for the Tomorrow’s Cure Today Foundation in Washington, DC, having participated in Right To Try legislation signed by President Donald Trump to allow patients better, more affordable access to new pharmaceuticals under development.
All of New Mexico’s licensed medical cannabis producers have been invited to participate. The new organization is also accepting members that have companies that are doing business or want to do business in the cannabis industry. The organization’s website, http://www.nmcannabischamber.org has more information about the organization.
“We are hopeful that all producers and those working in our industry will see the benefit of working together to identify where we have consensus on issues and can speak with one voice,” said Robert Munro, president of Seven Clover and President of the newly formed Board of Directors. “The new Cannabis Chamber will give our industry an opportunity to educate and communicate with policymakers, regulators and the public about cannabis.”
The Board of Directors represent four licensed medical cannabis producers and an affiliated company that makes edibles for licensed producers. Members of the Board of Directors are: Chair Robert Munro, Seven Clover; Vice President Rachael Speegle, The Verdes Foundation; Treasurer Alex Spray-Eich, Bhang Chocolates; Drew Dolan, Everest Apothecary; and, Indy White, PurLife Dispensary.
“The membership of the organization will guide the work of the Chamber,” said Munro. “The New Mexico Cannabis Chamber of Commerce will help grow the cannabis industry, promote the industry for bringing jobs, revenue, and economic development to New Mexico, protect it from unnecessary or overly burdensome regulations, and allow the industry to speak with one voice on agreed upon issues.”
The New Mexico Cannabis Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to advocate on behalf of our member companies in the legislative, regulatory, legal, and public policy arenas to promote growth and sustainability of the cannabis industry and support its members in a responsible manner. The Chamber promotes opportunity for cannabis businesses and entrepreneurs with a commitment to community, economic development, and access to safe, quality cannabis products. Visit the NM Cannabis Chamber at http://www.nmcannabischamber.org.