Director, NCIA's Policy Council
Steve Fox, Esq., has been at the center of cannabis policy reform in the United States for more than 16 years. While at the Marijuana Policy Project from 2002-2005 and 2009-2013, he lobbied Congress and guided numerous ballot initiative campaigns. He was the lead author of Colorado’s historic Amendment 64 ballot measure, which made marijuana legal for all adults in that state, and managed all aspects that campaign in 2011-2012. Steve’s work in Colorado began in 2004, when he conceptualized and co-founded Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) for the express purpose of educating the public about the fact that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol in order to change the mindset of voters and eventually pass a legalization initiative. In 2010, seeing the need to raise the profile of the nascent cannabis industry in Washington, DC, he co-founded the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), which now represents more than 1,500 state-legal businesses at the federal level. He is currently of counsel at the Denver-based law firm Vicente Sederberg LLC and serves as the director of VS Strategies. Through VS Strategies, he directs NCIA’s Policy Council and engages in direct lobbying activity.