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Colorado Governor Seeks Update On Federal Marijuana Scheduling Review Timeline From Biden Administration

The governor of Colorado has the same question as many marijuana reform advocates: When will the federal government complete its review into cannabis scheduling that President Joe Biden directed last year?

In a video message played at a National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) Colorado Cannabis Caucus event on Wednesday, Gov. Jared Polis (D) talked about his state’s historic vote to legalize adult-use marijuana more than 10 years ago, emphasizing that work still needs to be done.

“Over the years, we’ve laid that foundation and continued honing the process to make sure our industry is the very best in the world,” Polis said. “We continue this work. Just because Colorado was the first doesn’t mean we’re content to rest on our laurels. We need to continue pursuing new boundaries and work to ensure we remain competitive with every other market following in our footsteps.”

Notably, the governor also said that continuing to push for federal legalization is key, and that his administration has reached out to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to inquire about the timeline for the agency’s review into federal marijuana scheduling.

“At every step, states—alongside industry—have been leading the way on this. We

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