Republican Lawmakers Tell Biden To Keep Marijuana Campaign Promise By Reclassifying It Under Federal Law

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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 cochairs 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. With overdoses involving opioids causing a record 69,710 deaths in 2020, the U.S. can no longer afford to sideline less addictive pain management alternatives. That's why I wrote to @POTUS alongside @repdonyoung, urging him to reschedule cannabis as a matter of public health pic.twitter.com/ZrWyvH0SfW — Dave Joyce (@RepDaveJoyce) July 20, 2021 “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. To effectively reclassify the drug through the executive branch, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or an outside party would have to file a petition, which would then be reviewed by the attorney general, who has traditionally delegated that responsibility to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The attorney general can also initiate the…

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