Biden on Tuesday said he plans to nominate Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant secretary of HHS.
In December, the president-elect announced that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was his nominee to serve as head of the department.
The nominees, if confirmed, could be important for the marijuana industry given that HHS would play a key role in any attempt to reschedule marijuana or remove it from the list of federally controlled substances.
A group of senators are pressing top federal drug and health agencies to provide an update on the status of efforts to increase the number of authorized marijuana manufacturers for research purposes.
A letter from the lawmakers—led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and addressed to the heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Office of National Drug Control Policy and Department of Health and Human Services—emphasizes the need to expand the supply of research-grade cannabis as more states opt to legalize the plant for medical or recreational use.