Cannabis Industry Leaders Announce New Policy Agenda, Trade Association

For Immediate Release

April 16, 2019


WASHINGTON, D.C., (April 16, 2019) — Today, leading global cannabis companies announced a new industry trade association that will advocate for reforms to federal and international laws and regulations to end barriers to cannabis trade.

The Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce (GACC) is the only international association of cannabis companies currently seeking sound policy and regulatory reform for both medical and adult-use cannabis. GACC members represent over $1 billion in investment in legal cannabis cultivation, processing, and retail business. The founding members of the growing trade association include Urbn Leaf, 420 Central, Alternative Herbal Health Services, Central Coast Agriculture, Solutioneers, and DNA Genetics.

The new trade organization is led by President Ben Knight, Vice President Jason Beck, Chief Financial Officer Will Senn, Corporate Secretary Randall Longwith, Esq., and Cultivation Committee Chairman John De Friel. Serving on GACC’s Founding Board of Directors are Rezwan Khan, Robert Taft, Will Senn, and Jason Beck.

GACC advocates for legalization and common-sense regulation for the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and use of both medical and adult-use cannabis products globally. The association recognizes that updating existing laws and regulations to enable interstate and international trade is crucial to ensuring patient access to medical products and positive growth in this nascent industry. To that end, one of the association’s top priorities includes finding solutions to hurdles created by banking laws in the United States.

GACC will mark its launch as a sponsor of the third annual Budtrader™ Ball on April 20, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. Additional launch events will follow in both California and Washington, DC.

GACC will maintain a social media presence on Twitter @GlobalCannaComm, Facebook @GlobalCannaCommerce, and Instagram @GlobalCannabisComm. For more information, please visit our website at

The Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce exists to provide policymakers and legislators with the guidance necessary to turn this nascent industry into a global provider of medical and adult-use cannabis products.