Make Your Comment Count! A Guide for Industry Advocates

Make Your Comment Count! A Guide for Industry Advocates

Understanding the Importance of Effective Public Comments on Cannabis Rescheduling Proposals

The cannabis industry is abuzz with anticipation over the rescheduling proposals. From industry groups to advocacy organizations, companies, and activists, discussions on submitting effective public comments are in full swing. This marks a significant moment as the federal government proposes to reclassify cannabis for the first time, moving it from Schedule I to Schedule III. This move acknowledges cannabis’s medical value, a recognition long sought after. Amidst this pivotal moment, it’s crucial to ensure that your public comments on cannabis rescheduling are not only heard but are also meaningful and impactful.

For a comprehensive toolkit to assist in crafting your public comment, visit NCIA’s resource page here.

Tips for Crafting Effective Public Comments on Cannabis Rescheduling Proposals

1. Be Respectful

While it may seem obvious, maintaining respectful language is crucial. Emotions can run high when discussing cannabis regulation, but name-calling or using foul language can undermine your message. Ensure your comments are taken seriously by maintaining a professional tone.

2. Stay on Topic

Focus your comments narrowly on the specific cannabis rescheduling issue at hand. Whether addressing the DEA or local city council, avoid including unrelated grievances. For example, if discussing zoning laws affecting cannabis businesses, refrain from delving into tax issues or home grow regulations. This clarity strengthens your argument and prevents your message from appearing scattered.

3. Clearly State Your Requests

Ensure your asks are explicit and easy to identify. Begin and conclude your letter with a clear statement like, “I am asking you to…”, followed by the action you want. Decision-makers review numerous letters daily, so clarity on your stance and desired action is essential for your public comment on cannabis rescheduling to be counted.

4. Provide Supporting Data and Stories

Back your arguments with relevant data and compelling anecdotes. This enriches your public comment on cannabis rescheduling and provides context for your requests. Ensure your evidence supports your advocacy effectively.

The Importance of Advocacy in Cannabis Rescheduling

Public support has been instrumental in progressing cannabis rescheduling reform. However, societal attitudes towards cannabis are dynamic, and advocacy efforts are crucial in maintaining momentum. Active participation in public processes, done respectfully and productively, is our best defense against potential setbacks in cannabis policy.

Advancing Change: Advocacy Through Effective Public Comments on Cannabis Rescheduling

Crafting effective public comments on cannabis rescheduling is a vital tool in advocating for cannabis rescheduling. By following these tips, you can ensure your voice is heard in the ongoing discussions. Remember to share this guide with fellow advocates to strengthen our collective impact in shaping cannabis rescheduling policy.

Additional Resources for Reference from NCIA

Start Making Sense: What Does Schedule III & Section 280E Mean for Me?

Cannabis Rescheduling Impact on Research and Safety: Insights from NCIA Webinar

Taking the Long View – Strategic Facility Design Considerations for the Schedule III Era

HHS Recommends Rescheduling: Now What? | 9.14.23 | Fireside Chats with NCIA’s Government Relations Team

IRC Section 280E: An Unjust Burden on State-Legal Cannabis Businesses


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Amanda Reiman PhD MSW

Amanda Reiman has a PhD in Social Welfare and has been studying the relationship between cannabis, people and greater society for over 20 years. She was one of the first to study the use of cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs. Currently, she heads up research and cannabis insights at New Frontier Data. New Frontier Data is a data and analytics company serving the legal cannabis industry. We develop software and provide research insights aimed at helping the industry better understand their consumers, industry trends, and the evolving cannabis market.

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