On Thursday, October 5th, a group of the nation’s leading marijuana policy reform advocates and industry leaders will host a briefing detailing how the Biden Administration can move forward in a manner that advances the President’s promises to decriminalize marijuana and center equity approaches throughout the federal government.
When: Thursday, October 5th at 3:00 pm ET
Who: Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA), National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), Parabola Center for Law and Policy, Better Organizing to Win Legalization, National Association of Black Cannabis Lawyers (NACBL), and Marijuana Justice
Where: RSVP on Zoom
The groups previously released a joint statement in response to reporting in August that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is recommending to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that cannabis be reclassified under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) from Schedule I to Schedule III.
At the time, leaders of the advocacy and business groups stated, “While our organizations acknowledge that HHS’s recommendation will appear as a step forward, it would fail to decriminalize cannabis, lawfully permit the existence of the medical and adult-use programs and businesses that now operate in 38 states, or rectify decades of injustice associated with more than 25 million arrests and related collateral consequences since the creation of the CSA by Richard Nixon. Reclassification would continue to perpetuate a system that disproportionately affects communities of color, leaving the social justice promise of cannabis reform unfulfilled.”
On the call, experts will lay out a pathway for the Biden Administration to take concrete action in a manner that can complement a reclassification of marijuana to Schedule 3 in a manner that would advance the President’s commitments.
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