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Matthew Zorn Slated to Present at 2022 SXSW Conference, “Sue ‘n the DEA: Breaking the 50-year NIDA Monopoly” – March 15, 2022

South by Southwest 2022 Conference – Health & MedTech Panel Sessions

“Sue ‘n the DEA: Breaking the 50-year NIDA Monopoly”

Presented by Matt Zorn, Shane Pennington, and Dr. Sue Sisley, Lead Investigator, Scottsdale Research Institute

Tuesday, March 15 | 10:00 am Central Time

Partner Matthew Zorn will be presenting at SXSW’s Health and MedTech panels along with attorney Shane Pennington and Dr. Sue Sisley on Tuesday, March 15 at 10 a.m. CST for the session, “Sue ‘n the DEA: Breaking the 50-year NIDA Monopoly.”

It started at SXSW in March 2019. Dr. Sue Sisley presented at SXSW describing her experience for the only FDA-approved controlled trial examining safety/efficacy of smoked marijuana flower in combat veterans with severe post traumatic stress disorder PTSD. But she had a problem: the marijuana the government forced upon her to use was schwag and the DEA would not process her application to cultivate her own cannabis.

After the presentation, Matt Zorn approached her to see if he could help with her legal problem. Together, with attorney Shane Pennington, Sue took on the DEA in several lawsuits–and won. In the process they uncovered secret government documents, helped change national federal policy regarding marijuana research, and winning one of a few coveted cultivation licenses.

This year’s SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas will hold from March 11-20, 2022.