WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Cannabis Trade Federation (CTF) announced that former Congressman Carlos Curbelo, who served as the U.S. representative for Florida’s 26th congressional district from 2015 to 2019, has joined the organization’s Executive Team as a strategic advisor.
“During my time in Congress, I worked closely with the Cannabis Trade Federation,” said Curbelo. “Today, I am joining CTF’s team because I know that they are the most effective cannabis industry lobby and that they have the resources, talent, and professional acumen needed to pass game-changing reform at the federal level.
“In my home state of Florida, 71 percent voted in favor of legalizing medical cannabis, and voters in 33 states and D.C. have also decided to legalize cannabis in some capacity. This is a states’ rights issue. That’s why I was an original co-sponsor of the STATES Act and why I continue to support the goals of this legislation today.
“While CTF’s team has already established itself as the go-to cannabis industry organization in D.C., it is only half a year old. I look forward to working with the other members of our talented Executive Team to ensure that the will of the people is heard and to help this organization continue to grow into the powerful association the cannabis industry needs.”
“Congressman Curbelo was a commanding advocate for cannabis reform while he was in Congress,” said CTF CEO Neal Levine. “As a member of our Executive Team, he will continue to be the voice of states’ cannabis rights and will be an essential part of our organization’s strategic growth. It is an honor to have someone with Carlos’s impressive background and skillset on board as a core member of the team.”
Curbelo joins Levine, Heather Azzi, Steve Fox, and Linda Mercado Greene on CTF’s Executive Team. As a strategic advisor, he will help drive organizational strategy, communications, and fundraising.
About the Cannabis Trade Federation
The Cannabis Trade Federation is a non-partisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to educating and advocating for sensible cannabis public policy.
About the STATES Act
The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act is a bipartisan bill that was endorsed by President Donald Trump. It would eliminate the conflict between state and federal cannabis law.