Medical cannabis is not the only herbal medicine that has been under attack in the US. Botanical medicines have also been deemed illegal at periods of time, targeted by conventional medicine, battled with federal agencies and struggled for their place in health and wellness in the US. Scholars and experts will share the story of these products and the movement that keeps them legal.
Dr. Lyle Craker, Ph.D.
Lyle E. Craker is a Professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Since 2005, Craker has been trying to obtain a permit from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to grow marijuana for research purposes.
Lewis A. Grossman
Lewis A. Grossman joined the faculty of the Washington College of Law in 1997. He became Professor of Law in 2003 and served as Associate Dean for Scholarship from 2008 to 2011. He teaches, writes, and speaks in the areas of food and drug law, health law, American legal history, and civil procedure.
Peter Barton Hutt is a senior counsel in the Washington, DC law firm of Covington & Burling, specializing in Food and Drug Law. He began his law practice with the firm in 1960 and, except for his four years in the government, has continued at the firm ever since. From 1971 to 1975 he was Chief Counsel for the Food and Drug Administration.
Jane Wilson is the director of program development for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), where her duties include working with the AHPA management team to develop, implement, and manage AHPA programs and services, and performing outreach activities in support of the AHPA membership and other herbal products industry organizational collaborators. She brings many years of experience developing collaborative relationships with representatives of industry, trade associations, public health officials, regulatory bodies, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders to this role.
Mr. Tony Young has practiced law since 1974. He joined Kleinfeld, Kaplan and Becker as a partner in 2003. Previously, he was a partner with Wald, Harkrader & Ross, and then Piper Rudnick, LLP, all in Washington, DC. He has counseled and represented domestic and foreign manufacturers and distributors with respect to compliance and defense of matters under the statutes enforced by the Food and Drug Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency for forty years.