No joke: Comedians, cannabis companies push pot legalization

No joke: Comedians, cannabis companies push pot legalization

NEW YORK (AP) — Big cannabis companies are backing a new, celebrity-infused campaign to enlist marijuana users to pressure Congress to legalize pot nationwide. The initiative launched Tuesday is spearheaded by the industry’s U.S. Cannabis Council and HeadCount, a voter registration group. Actor-comedians Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman are among the celebrities backing the Cannabis in Common effort. Pro-legalization groups have mounted state and federal campaigns for years, and advocates are split on the new campaign. Organizers say it breaks ground by so extensively involving major industry players and aiming to mobilize their customer bases. 

Photo: FILE – A vendor with Talking Trees Farms, a Northern Humboldt County sustainable cannabis farm, offers a taste of their latest crop of crafted marijuana flower to an attendee of WeedCon West 2019 in Los Angeles on June 20, 2019. Big cannabis companies are backing a new, celebrity-studded campaign to legalize marijuana nationwide, hoping to build pressure on Congress from constituents who haven’t always made themselves heard: marijuana users. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)