A pair of congressional Republican lawmakers is urging President Joe Biden to keep his campaign promise and reschedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH) and Don Young (R-AK), both co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, sent the letter to the president on Monday. It states that the modest reform is “a matter of public health.” As it stands, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug in the same category as “more harmful substances” like heroin, the letter says. That category is supposed to be reserved only for drugs with no medical value and a high potential for abuse. “As a Schedule, I substance, cannabis is not accepted for medical use on the federal level, which has caused significant research restrictions and continues to thwart the treatment of a wide range of patients, including those suffering from cancer as well as veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and people living with Multiple Sclerosis and seizure disorders,” it continues. It should be noted that changing marijuana’s classification under federal law without an act of Congress is far more complicated than a single stroke of a presidential pen.
Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 07/20/2021 15:27:00