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Cannabis Industry Reacts to DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg’s Resignation

The DEA is looking for a new leader

Chuck Rosenberg, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has resigned effective Oct. 1, sparking mixed reactions from the marijuana industry about his departure and raising questions about his successor.

While some in the cannabis industry viewed Rosenberg as supportive of cannabis reform, others believe he hindered the progress of marijuana research and federal legalization.

“This is bad. Rosenberg represented a level-headed approach to drug policy and the law even if he didn’t personally understand medicinal cannabis,” said Danny Davis, managing partner of Convectium. “Unlike the other impulsive and irrational members of this current administration, he continually pushed to increase research on the plant and agrees it is not like other Schedule I drugs. If current appointees are any indication of future ones, this may not sit well for the cannabis community.”

Rosenberg was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2015, and served twice as chief of staff to former FBI director James Comey, according to a New York Times report. Law enforcement officials said the former DEA chief became disillusioned with the Trump administration, claiming the president has little respect for the law, per the New York Times.

 

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