Biden Announces Justice Department is Moving Cannabis to Schedule III

On Thursday, the Justice Department initiated the formal process to reclassify marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III, a less stringent classification acknowledging its medical benefits. This historic move, announced by President Joe Biden, aims to address long-standing inequities caused by the previous classification, which placed marijuana in the same category as heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine.

“This is monumental,” Biden declared in a video posted on X, emphasizing his commitment to reversing the failed approach to marijuana that has upended many lives. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) submitted a notice of proposed rulemaking, opening a 60-day public comment period.

Too many lives have been upended because of our failed approach to marijuana.

So today, the @TheJusticeDept is taking the next step to reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule III drug under federal law.

Here’s what that means: pic.twitter.com/TMztSyyFYm

— President Biden (@POTUS) May 16, 2024

While the rescheduling marks a significant shift at the federal level, it does nothing to specifically help those incarcerated due to cannabis criminalization, whom Biden referenced in his announcement when he said he’s committed to “righting those wrongs.” Schedule III still maintains federal control over cannabis and does not make it legal to possess, consume,

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