Policy Insider's Report: Chapter One

POLITICO Pro surveyed over 1,400 policy professionals to better understand the experiences and challenges of experts responsible for influencing policy at the highest levels of government.

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Natalie Fertig
The unionization of cannabis is only beginning. Right now, a multitude of national and state-based unions are reaching out to workers in the cannabis industry - from Teamsters to SEIU. In the short...
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POLITICO Pro DataPoint Staff
A record 116 groups hired lobbyists to make their case to Congress and federal agencies on marijuana- and cannabis-related issues in the second quarter of 2019. Cannabis is increasingly attracting the...
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The Rise of Digital Media as a Lever for Influence Changing times, and skills needs, for Policy Professionals Over the past five years, a confluence of interrelated trends have amplified digital me...
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Natalie Fertig
Marijuana businesses now pay federal tax rates that can approach 70% or higher. That's largely because they can't take advantage of typical exemptions — including for salaries and benefits — that...
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Natalie Fertig
Hemp was legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill Hemp is cannabis that has less than 0.3 percent THC content. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed for hemp legalization in the hopes that it would revitaliz...
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Natalie Fertig
Advocates and lawmakers think the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019 has the best chance of passing in the 116th congress. The bill would prohibit regulators from taking action aga...
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Natalie Fertig
1. Illinois The latest state to legalize recreational cannabis brings a market of 12.74 million people – and the nation’s third-largest city – into the world of legal cannabis. Sales begi...
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Natalie Fertig
KEEP THE STATES IN MIND THERE IS NO WAY TO LOOK AT FEDERAL CANNABIS POLICY RIGHT NOW WITHOUT KEEPING THE STATES IN MIND. Because cannabis is not yet legal on a federal level, the majority of federal...
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Policy Professionals' Struggle to Manage Information Overload Heightened corporate interest in politics and policy means policy professionals need to keep pace with more issues than ever before, and...
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Rising Corporate Interest in Politics and Policy Policy expertise has always been critical to organizations’ success, but heightened business uncertainty on issues ranging from trade to data priva...