Cannabis Trade Federation

Code of Ethics

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CODE OF ETHICS

This Code of Ethics (the “Code”) for the Cannabis Trade Federation (“CTF”) establishes a set of expectations that all member organizations shall follow in order to maintain a high standard of professional conduct, ethics, and legal compliance within the cannabis industry. Given the history of illegality of cannabis and the challenging landscape the industry faces now with differing state and federal laws, it is critical that our members operate with a high degree of integrity and advance the industry’s reputation with legislators, media, community influentials, and the public at large. CTF is dedicated to representing the interests and ideals of the cannabis trade as a whole as it seeks the adoption of sensible cannabis policy. This Code is binding on all members and all members are responsible for maintaining and promoting the requirements of the Code as set forth herein.

Requirements of the Code of Conduct

1. Business Practices. Members are committed to open, honest, and fair business transactions conducted by trained and knowledgeable staff who will ensure integrity, accuracy, and safety of consumers. Members are also committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. Members seek to be good corporate citizens, supporting the social welfare and economic foundation of their local communities.

2. Illegal or Unethical Conduct. Members shall comply with all applicable laws and shall not engage in illegal, dishonest, or unethical conduct. Members are expected to hold themselves to a high standard of conduct and recognize that the actions of each member can affect the reputation of our industry as a whole.

3. Anti-Discrimination. Members are committed to equality, inclusion, and mutual respect. CTF and its members have zero tolerance for discrimination or harassment. There is no place within our industry for people who make unwanted sexual advances, make discriminatory remarks, or in any other way harass or discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or any other protected class.

4. Antitrust. Associations of member organizations in an industry are subject to strict scrutiny under both federal and state antitrust laws, because by their very nature, they involve competitors meeting together. Members shall not engage in price-fixing, including any explicit or implicit understanding affecting the price of a member’s product or service even if the understanding would benefit consumers, and shall not engage in any other activities prohibited under antitrust laws. Members expressly recognize that they are free to make business decisions based on the dictates of the market – not the dictates of CTF or of their fellow members.

5. Professional Conduct. CTF is committed to upholding a positive environment in which directors, officers, members, vendors, employees, sponsors, and guests may conduct the business of CTF in a professional manner, reflecting constructive relationships and mutual respect. Should member representatives behave in an unprofessional manner, they may be required to leave a CTF function, meeting, or event. Should a member representative continue to violate the professional standards of conduct or other requirements of this Code of Conduct after receiving a warning, the member organization may be asked to replace the representative on a permanent basis.

Enforcement Procedures

Suspected violations of the Code shall be provided in writing to the board chair (or to another appropriate board member if the complaint involves the board chair). All complaints will be reviewed by the CTF Board of Directors. If any member of the Board of Directors has a conflict of interest with regard to a particular complaint, they shall recuse themselves. The Board of Directors will consider the complaint fully, including arranging for interviews or review of documents if appropriate, and may take any and all actions it deems appropriate. The decision of the Board of Directors shall be final.

Violations of the Code may result in disciplinary action, up to and including being refused admission or ejected from an event, being barred from future events, or the suspension or expulsion of the individual involved from any role in CTF.

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This Code is subject to change by the CTF Board of Directors and may be amended, supplemented, or superseded by one or more separate policies approved by the Board of Directors.