More tips for rescheduling marijuana
Replanning is important for states and the marijuana industry… and people are looking for clues
States with legal marijuana want the tax revenue. Cannabis companies need relief and help to continue and grow. The marijuana industry needs to move to the next level of legitimate industry. And consumers and patients need reliable, safe products that are consistent from store to pharmacy. This is the role of the federal government, but in the first two years the Biden industry hesitated. But things have started to turn, and now there's more evidence about marijuana rescheduling.
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The biggest clue is that the breaking news came today in a brief email from HHS. “Good afternoon and thank you for your patience,” a Justice Department lawyer said in an email Thursday. “The authority has indicated that it will publish the letter and its attachments in full.”
The letter and its attachments mean that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has agreed to release documents related to its recommendation to reclassify marijuana in its entirety at the federal level. This appears to be related to possible litigation over a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding the findings. The publication increases pressure if the DEA wants to break precedent by not following the HHS recommendation.
Senate Majority Leader and SAFER Banking advocate Chuck Schumer said HHS recommended changing marijuana from a Schedule I controlled substance to a Schedule III controlled substance.
According to the DEA, Schedule I drugs currently have no accepted medical use in the United States, lack established safety for use under medical supervision, and have a high potential for abuse. The National Institute of Health disagrees on its website. And the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would be involved in the new planning. Although a more arduous process, it would establish guidelines to increase acceptance among major retailers and, more importantly, the medical community.
Additionally, reclassifying the drug would reduce or possibly eliminate criminal penalties for drug possession. Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug alongside heroin and LSD.
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The industry agrees with Schumer, who made a clear appeal when he said, “The DEA should implement this important step now to significantly reduce the harm caused by draconian marijuana laws.”