Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Upcoming DEPC event on "Changes in Federal Approaches to Cannabis: Process and Impact"

3d3b637e-be1a-4a76-8c4b-663897ed744aI am pleased to spotlight another great Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC) event that is part of our summer 2023 Cannabis Regulatory Deep Dive.   This event is scheduled for June 22 at 12noon and is titled "Changes in Federal Approaches to Cannabis: Process and Impact"  This is how this event is described at this website (where you can register):

In 1971, marijuana was designated as a Schedule I drug, meaning that it “has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.”  After decades-long efforts by advocates and researchers, President Biden announced in October 2022 that he instructed “the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General to initiate the administrative process to review expeditiously how marijuana is scheduled under federal law.”  In January 2023, the FDA issued a statement saying that a new regulatory pathway for CBD is needed that balances individuals’ desire for access to CBD products with the regulatory oversight required to manage risks.  Although these actions illustrate that the federal government is shifting its approach on cannabis, the mechanics of the scheduling review and the implications of such shift are not well understood.

Please join the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center and a panel of experts as they discuss the role of other federal agencies in the scheduling review process and the legal implications of marijuana’s status as a controlled substance and the potential impact of rescheduling marijuana or descheduling it entirely.  This panel will consider impacts on criminalization, research, medical access, and the medical and adult use cannabis industries currently regulated by states.

Cat Packer, Director of Drug Markets and Legal Regulation, Drug Policy Alliance

John Hudak, Director of the Maine Office of Cannabis Policy

Robert Mikos, LaRoche Family Chair in Law, Vanderbilt University Law School

Khurshid Khoja, Principal, Greenbridge Corporate Counsel

Fatima Afia, Attorney, Rudick Law Group, PLLC,

Shane Pennington, Partner, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP 

Patricia Zettler, Associate Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law


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