GOP LAWMAKERS TELL DEA TO KEEP MARIJUANA IN SCHEDULE 1

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GOP LAWMAKERS TELL DEA TO KEEP MARIJUANA IN SCHEDULE 1

A coalition of 14 Republican congressional lawmakers are urging the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to reject the top federal health agency's recommendation to reschedule marijuana and keep it in the most restrictive category under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The letter, sent to DEA Administrator Anne Milgram, argues that any decision to reschedule cannabis should be based on proven facts and science, not popular opinion, changes in state laws, or the preferred policy of an administration. The eight GOP senators and six House members distrust the motives behind the HHS recommendation and argue that the current research, science, and trends support the case that marijuana should remain a Schedule I drug. The letter also points to National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) data on rates of cannabis use disorder and raises concerns about increased THC potency of marijuana products.


The US President has endorsed the recommendation of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reschedule marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III. While this move would not directly legalize access through state-level medical cannabis programs, it would free up research into the plant and have significant implications for the marijuana industry. While it would not fulfill Biden's campaign pledge to decriminalize marijuana, incremental reform could bolster momentum for congressional efforts to further change federal cannabis laws, such as a marijuana banking reform bill. Most people typically agree that marijuana should be treated the same, or even less strenuous than alcohol when it comes to laws surrounding cannabis. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that the United States Government feels the same.

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