Mar 7, 2018

Eaze grows policy team as it eyes cannabis delivery beyond California

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Eaze, often called "Uber for Pot," has added 10 people to its policy team in the last month as it eyes expanding its marijuana delivery service beyond California. Its latest hire, Laurent Crenshaw, was just hired from Yelp.

Why it matters: The move comes as many states have legalized either medical or recreational cannabis use, but also amid signals from the federal government that it hopes to crack down.

Crenshaw, who will be senior director of policy, and responsible for overseeing efforts on the East Coast and with the federal government. While Eaze is looking to expand beyond California, no time frame has been set.

Among the other recent policy hires is David Mack, who joined about a month ago from Lyft to be Eaze's senior VP of public affairs and communications.

Despite the rhetoric from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Mack said that "momentum is pretty good" on the regulatory front.

"There’s been a tremendous amount of interest from members on both sides of the aisle as well as (state) attorneys general to see clarity brought to this issue," he told Axios, pointing to a recent letter to Congressional leaders from several state attorneys general.

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