Biden administration begins formal rulemaking process to downgrade marijuana to less dangerous drug

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The Biden administration on Thursday submitted a proposal seeking to begin the formal process of reclassifying marijuana as a less dangerous drug.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Attorney General Merrick Garland submitted the proposal to the Federal Register, with the intent of having the drug dropped to a Schedule III drug from Schedule I, as classified under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

Congress enacted the CSA in 1970, and ever since the act’s establishment, marijuana has been classified as a Schedule I drug.

President Biden asked the attorney general and the secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct a review of how marijuana is scheduled under federal law on Oct. 6, 2022.

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