VP Public Affairs The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Named to Board of Directors Of the Council for Federal Cannabis Regulation

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and the Council for Federal Cannabis Regulation (CFCR) jointly announced today that the company’s Vice President of Public Affairs, Jim Esquea, will join the CFCR leadership as a member of their Board of Directors. 

Esquea brings to this role more than 25 years of policy experience, having previously served as Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Obama Administration, as a senior analyst for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and budget analyst in the Office of Management and Budget in the Clinton Administration.

“On behalf of ScottsMiracle-Gro I’m excited to join CFCR’s leadership team and their mission to assist the government, and its federal regulatory agencies, to rethink, develop, and implement evidence-based cannabis regulations,” said Esquea. “ScottsMiracle-Gro, through its subsidiary The Hawthorne Gardening Company, is a leading provider of nutrients, lighting and other materials used in indoor and hydroponic growing and have unique insights about the emerging cannabis industry. With 37 states having approved cannabis for recreational or medical use, the federal policy dialogue around cannabis will only intensify … and we look forward to contributing to the conversation and working with CFCR.”

For CFCR, the connection with Esquea and ScottsMiracle-Gro has natural synergy.

“We enthusiastically welcome ScottsMiracle-Gro and Jim Esquea to our ranks,” said Council Founder and Board Chair Sheri Orlowitz.  “Jim is both brilliant and kind; very much CFCR values.   Our mission – to destigmatize, legitimize and normalize cannabis through working as an objective third party with the federal agencies – aligns perfectly with Scotts’ perspective and Jim’s storied career that spans over two decades with the federal government.  Having served as an HHS Assistant Secretary for Legislation, Jim will bring critical insight to our work with federal agencies, a key asset to helping both the FDA and HHS understand and embrace the cannabis industry.

Named to his position in April of 2021, Esquea is the company’s first position based in Washington, DC. He leads the company’s day-to-day federal outreach on issues that range from cannabis and social justice reform to environmental regulation, consumer protection and corporate tax policies.  He most recently served as the Senior Director of Federal Affairs for Juul Labs Inc. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Esquea also holds an M.P.A. from Columbia University.