Canna Law Blog
Last week, we discovered that U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker cited our own Vince Sliwoski during a letter to Merrick Garland, the U.S. Attorney General, pressing for the top of cannabis prohibition.
The Warren-Booker letter, dated October 6, 2021, advocates for DEA to eliminate cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act— which would decriminalize the plant at the federal level.
The letter cites a 2018 blog post by Vince discussing international developments with cannabis at the United Nations. Readers, we feel heard!
Warren has written some of these high-profile letters on cannabis over the years, going back to 2016. Back then, her goal was re-scheduling “marijuana” from Schedule I to Schedule II under the federal Controlled Substances Act.
Vince critiqued Warren’s proposal then, explaining why rescheduling would have minimal effect and why descheduling is the far better course. Was Warren listening? We’d wish to think so.
This newer Warren/Booker letter does take the recommended course. It may be a great example of how high-profile politicians have evolved on cannabis policy over the past half-decade. The simplest news is that Warren, Booker, et al. continue to press.
Last, Warren signed onto yet one more letter with several others, again addressed to Garland—and President Biden, and HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra—pressing for cannabis descheduling together with pardons. We’re pretty skeptical that any of that’s happening anytime soon. That said, relentless advocacy is critical.
We should also note that the Warren-Booker letter is not the first time our cannabis business lawyers have had the U.S. Government’s ear on cannabis.
In 2019, our firm was hired by the National Credit Union Association (NCUA) to help write guidance for federally chartered credit unions serving the hemp industry.
Vince and our practice group chair, Hilary Bricken, flew to D.C. to advise NCUA during the method. Vince also has advised the Office of U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer on federal cannabis law and policy going back to 2017.
We have been publishing the Canna Law Blog daily for over a decade. Therein time, our cannabis business lawyers have established the gold standard for cannabis law and policy analysis. It’s gratifying to be cited and even hired at the highest levels of government.
We’ll keep pushing to advance the cannabis industry at the best levels. Please reach out if you think that we can help.