VIDEO: Biden Admin Takes Action on Marijuana

(TheIndependentStar.com) – In the face of a huge drug crisis wiping out our youth, Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) decided to change U.S. drug policy by proposing to reclassify marijuana as a lеss dangerous drug.

Watch the video further down this post.

This historic move involves a proposed rule submitted to the federal register, which alleges the medical benefits of cannabis and its lower potential for abuse compared to some of the nation’s most hazardous drugs.

Attorney General Merrick Garland grееned light on this action, but it stopped short of fully legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

Currently classified as a Schedule I substance along with heroin and LSD, the proposal suggested repositioning marijuana to Schedule III, where it would join substances like ketamine and certain anabolic steroids.

This recommendation followed a review by the federal Health and Human Services Department initiated at Joe Biden’s request in 2022.

In tandem with this policy shift, Biden has also taken stеps to pardon thousands of individuals convicted of simple marijuana possession on a federal level and has encouragеd statе and local leaders to expunge similar convictions.

“This is monumental,” Biden stated in a video, emphasizing the significance of this change. “Far too many lives have been upended because of a failed approach to marijuana, and I’m committed to righting those wrongs. You have my word on it.”

This announcement could be a strategic move to regain support, especially from younger voters, as it lands in an election year.

Moreover, the public will have a 60-day period to comment on this proposed rule, which could be followed by a review from an administrative judge, which signals the beginning of what could be an extended process.

While drugs listed under Schedule III are still controlled and regulated, and trafficking them illegally can lead to federal charges, this shift indicates a significant change in how marijuana is viewed legally.

Some opponents argue that rescheduling marijuana is unnecessary and could lead to negative consequences, while others believe it should be regulated similarly to alcohol.

If federal regulations are relaxed, marijuana businesses could see a decrease in the tax burdens that can climb to 70% or higher.

Furthermore, this reclassification could facilitate research into marijuana’s effects and benefits, as conducting studies on Schedule I substances is notably restrictive.

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