By Chloe Aiello
Cannabis will play a crucial role in the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, CannAmerica CEO and veteran Dan Anglin told Cheddar.
"I think that President Trump or any of the folks running against him would absolutely benefit from embracing cannabis as a policy platform," he said.
Anglin's position in the marijuana industry is at odds with his status as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. Even as marijuana businesses like his flourish in 420-friendly states, veterans looking to use the plant for medicinal purposes or to cash in on the industry risk losing their government support.
"Let's say somebody got prosthetics or something else and they don't want to be on opioids ーthey'd rather be on some kind of cannabinoid for pain or inflammation ー they could literally lose their benefits," Anglin said.
An advocate for both veteran rights and cannabis rights, Anglin said the federal government should remove cannabis from the controlled substances act in order to "give veterans and all Americans that access to have the freedom of choice for either medicine or adult use."
Anglin's comments come on the heels of an announcement that his company, which is known for its cannabis-infused gummies, entered a long-term licensing agreement and brand partnership with cannabis wholesaler Flower One. The partnership will expose CannAmerica's products to a wider customer base, as well as give the company the opportunity to innovate.
"We are expanding into other lines besides edibles, so vaporization lines, gel cap lines, pods, as well as cookies and beverages," Anglin said. "Really in a place like Flower One ... we really expect to see a lot of product development and start to create exciting new trends."
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