While dozens of state have moved to criminize marijauna and make money on it’s legal sales…
The Federal Government still list’s marijuana along side heroin and LSD as dangerous drugs….
Will the Feds follow the states lead of making marijuana less of a controlled substance….
Such a decision would not outright legalize marijuana at the federal level, a policy that has long conflicted with those of states that have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use. But it could nevertheless alter the landscape of cannabis in this country, boosting the regulated marijuana industry in states where it is legal and even facilitating more scientific research into the effects of the drug.
“We believe that rescheduling to Schedule III will mark the most significant federal cannabis reform in modern history,” said Edward Conklin of the U.S. Cannabis Council, a nonprofit that advocates for the regulated cannabis industry. “President Biden is effectively declaring an end to Nixon’s failed war on cannabis and placing the nation on a trajectory to end prohibition.”
Marijuana legalization has increasingly garnered bipartisan support. Twenty-three states and D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana, and medicinal use is lawful in 38 states. According to federal survey data, an estimated 36.4 million people age 12 or over used marijuana during the past month. The number of Americans diagnosed with cannabis use disorder has also risen, federal data shows.
The HHS recommendation is consistent with efforts by President Biden — who is running for reelection in 2024 — to reshape the nation’s marijuana policies.