Freshman representative Ocasio-Cortez shows cannabis industry not immune to the ills of corporate lobbying

Freshman representative Ocasio-Cortez shows cannabis industry not immune to the ills of corporate lobbying


On Wednesday, Democratic rising-star and New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took the occasion of the House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on issues of cannabis banking to bring to light a well-known but little-discussed congressional practice.

Lobbyists, looking for guaranteed seats in a hearing will often pay homeless people to hold their spot in line. Speaking truth-to-power, she noted that not only is it a shameful act that takes advantage of those less fortunate, but it disenfranchises the voices of everyday American people in favor of rich and powerful corporate lobbyists.

According to Ocasio-Cortez, those lobbying in favor of the cannabis industry are not immune to such practices.

“Today I left a hearing on homelessness & saw tons of people camped outside committee,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted out on Wednesday. “I turned to my staff and asked if it was a demonstration.”

She continued her tweet, noting that her staff had informed her of the commonplace practice.

“This was the hearing for marijuana banking laws,” she added in a follow-up tweet. “Lobbyists and those who can afford it pay people to hold their spot, so they get in 1st.” Read more 






Questions?
Click here to chat with us

Live Now
Irine

Live Now : Irine

_