Biden Admin Indicates It will Reclassify Marijuana as Less Harmful Drug

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Reportedly, in advance of the 2024 presidential election, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of President Joe Biden is now reassessing the classification of marijuana as a less hazardous substance.

Proposed relaxation of drug restrictions was put forth by Attorney General Merrick Garland.

As a result of the rumored change, marijuana would be declassified from Schedule I, which includes opiates and cocaine, to Schedule III, which would require a prescription to obtain.

Recreational marijuana use would not be openly legalized under the proposal.

An administrative judge will evaluate the proposal prior to the agency finalizing the rule, the report states, if the public comment period proceeds in a satisfactory manner.

According to the report, Biden might have considered reclassifying marijuana in an effort to appeal to specific demographic groups whose support he is lacking in the run-up to the election.

At the federal, state, and local levels, the announcement elicited a variety of responses from across the nation.

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