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Policy Council Conversations: Just Say No - Keep the DEA out of Cannabis Research
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The Policy Council Conversations series features insights & invaluable content directly from members of NCIA’s Policy Council, the preeminent “Think Tank” for the cannabis industry.

The Drug Enforcement Administration recently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on cannabis research. If adopted, this rule would fundamentally change how cannabis research is conducted. NCIA recently submitted public comments, rejecting the DEA's power grab and strongly suggesting that a public health agency (i.e. Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, etc.) lead on cannabis research. Simultaneously, lawyers at Yetter Coleman filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against DOJ, demanding the release of an OLC memo relied upon by DEA in their rulemaking. That successful suit was brought on behalf of Scottsdale Research Institute.

This panel will discuss the critical importance of cannabis research, the DEA rulemaking and NCIA's numerous objections, and the lawsuit against DEA and the resulting disclosure of the DOJ policy memo.


Jodi Avergun
Chair, White Collar and Criminal Defense and Investigations Group
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Former Chief of Staff
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Andrew Kline
Director of Public Policy
National Cannabis Industry Association

Sue Sisley, MD
Principal Investigator
Scottsdale Research Institute

Matt Zorn
Yetter Coleman

Shane Pennington
Yetter Coleman

Jun 3, 2020 12:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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