Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith

Co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)

About Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith is co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), the largest trade association representing legal cannabis businesses in the U.S and the only one working to advance the industry on a national level. As NCIA executive director, and previously as California state policy director for the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project, Mr. Smith has worked successfully to build coalitions with elected officials on both sides of the aisle to advance marijuana law reform legislation.

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