Santa Monica, CA, October 11, 2018 – BudTrader.com announces a successful meeting with lawmakers and republican leadership at the Trump Hotel in Washington D.C. to discuss cannabis reform.

At the invitation of Southern California Congressman Dana Rohrabacker, a supporter of cannabis legalization, CEO Brad McLaughlin traveled to Washington DC on September 30th and 31st with the intention of creating dialoque about the legal cannabis industry, its evolution and inroads for economic growth.

“I invited Brad McLaughlin to speak to lawmakers in Washington because he’s a terrific leader and entrpreneur in the cannabis sector. McLaughlin is relatable to both his consumer and those influencing policy. He spoke to some of the most conservative members of Congress and the overall environment was postive and forward-looking. There were a lot of engaging questions and McLaughlin represented the industry with professionalism and expertise,” said Congressman Rohrabacher.

Topics discussed included:
– How legal cannabis could fight the opiate epidemic
– Cannabis/hemp cultivation to remove carbon from the air and toxins from the soil
– How legal cannabis could help veterans with PTSD
– The need for FDIC insured banking by Legal Cannabis business owners
– Cannabis/Hemp as a “Cash Crop” for struggling US farmers

– Cannabis as the next industrial revolution

“Major policy changes are on the horizon for cannabis,” said BudTrader CEO Brad McLaughlin. “The cannabis field, often perceived in disrepute, is reforming professionally. The “green rush” is happening. I continually stressed that Legal Cannabis creates jobs, generates tax revenue and lowers crime. It stands fight the opiate epidemic with a natural cash crop and serve the veteran community. Environmentally, the growth of cannabis removes carbon from the atmosphere and toxins from the soil. It might be the next industrial revolution. Republican leaders were very receptive, open-minded and coorperative in our meetings. They asked a lot of great questions and had a lot of great ideas.”

Following his meetings on Capitol Hill, McLaughlin attended an NRCC fundraiser where he met many members of Congress, including Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry and President Trump.

Upon McLaughlin’s return, Congressman Rohrabacher issued the following statement: “Love him or hate him, President Trump keeps his promises. During the 2016 Presidential campaign, Donald Trump stated that medical cannabis should be legal, and that individual states should decide on adult use cannabis (recreational). The President is a man of his word and cannabis reform is coming very soon at the Federal level. It could be as early as spring of 2019, but definitely in the next legislative session.”

BudTrader.com is the largest online cannabis marketplace. Its platform is available in 31 states where cannabis use is legal, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. BudTrader has two million registered users who safely and legally post and reply to classifieds-style ads for cannabis products, services, jobs, equipment and more.