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Rep. Andy Harris accuses Biden admin. of "changing the FDA rules" on rescheduling marijuana
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Rep. Andy Harris accuses Biden admin. of "changing the FDA rules" on rescheduling marijuana

Ep. 10 — Rep. Andy Harris (2-7-2024)
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Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD)

Ask a Pol asks:

“What do you make of Democrats pushing Biden and the DEA to deschedule on their own?”

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“I just object to the fact that it’s done by changing the FDA rules that they have used to set the standard,” Harris exclusively tells Ask a Pol. “That’s a problem. That’s a real problem. “The FDA already has a credibility problem, now they brought politics into this issue also.”

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This is where Laslo’s interview with Rep. Andy Harris ends. Photo: Bill Clark

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Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s exclusive interview with Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), slightly edited for clarity.

TRANSCRIPT: Rep. Andy Harris

SCENE: Harris comes down steps of the Capitol and is treated by Ask a Pol’s Matt Laslo.

Matt Laslo: “Hey.”

Andy Harris: “Yeah?”

ML: “What did I miss at that weed press conference?”

AH: “I ain’t telling — I ain’t telling you that!”

ML: “Were you guys opposing the descheduling?”

AH: “What’s that?”

ML: “Were you opposing the effort for the DEA to…?”

AH: “That wasn’t what that was about. That was about setting up a mechanism to look at the high THC.”

ML: “Oh yeah-yeah-yeah. I did hear about that. What do you make of the effort, Democrats…?”

Harris gets an urgent message.

AH: “Holy crap. I didn’t vote on that bill. Dammit.”

ML: “Oh really? Shit.”

AH: “Shit. I walked out without voting.”

We turn around and head back towards the US House of Representatives.

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ML: “What do you make of Democrats pushing Biden and the DEA to deschedule on their own?”

AH: “Excuse me?”

ML: “What do you think of Democrats pushing Biden and the DEA, including Schumer, they’re pushing them to deschedule marijuana on their own?”

AH: “Look, I just object to the fact that it’s done by changing the FDA rules that they have used to set the standard.”

ML: “Yeah?”

AH: “That’s a problem. That’s a real problem. The FDA already has a credibility problem, now they brought politics into this issue also.”

Harris keeps walking past the Members Only sign.

ML: “Preciate ya.”

Matt Laslo’s a veteran congressional correspondent, new media prof. & founder of Ask a Pol — a new, people-powered press corps.

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