DEA: Decision on Marijuana Rescheduling Coming Soon

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration will reportedly decide in the coming months whether to reschedule marijuana, an unexpected announcement that indicates the federal government is taking the issue seriously.

While removing marijuana from the list of Schedule 1 substances wouldn’t necessarily make the plant fully legal, it could have major ramifications for those in the industry, especially when it comes to taxes and banking.

The DEA stated its plans to make a decision by mid-year in a letter it sent to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and seven of her colleagues, according to the Huffington Post.

Warren and her compatriots urged the DEA last year to consider rescheduling marijuana to facilitate more research into the medical benefits of the plant.

The DEA gave no indication of which way it’s leaning, the Huffington Post reported.

The agency could decide to move marijuana off the list of Schedule I drugs. Or the DEA could simply say it has decided unilaterally that marijuana remains a dangerous narcotic with no acceptable medical uses (the current definition of a Schedule I substance).

“DEA understands the widespread interest in the prompt resolution to these petitions and hopes to release its determination in the first half of 2016,” reads the letter, which was signed by acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg.

Twice previously, in 2001 and 2006, the DEA considered rescheduling marijuana but left it as a Schedule I drug.

7 comments on “DEA: Decision on Marijuana Rescheduling Coming Soon
  1. Brian on

    I’d like to know what the FDA’s recent scheduling recommendation to DEA was. DEA letter references the FDA recommendation but doesn’t share what it was. Would be great if a journalist at MJ Biz Daily could find out.

    I’m not hopeful. At best schedule II with little further change.

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    • Terry Licia on

      I do not trust the DEA to do the right thing, and I do not believe this should be left in its hands. They earn their living off the super easy busts of people in possession of marijuana to let go this easily! A few powerful Americans would rather see the majority of Americans put in cages for possession than to let marijuana be legal, be studied and be used for the betterment of all. The MAJORITY of Americans do NOT want marijuana to be illegal at all. Period. Enough already!

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  2. Jeff Brown on

    Cannabis is the most useful plant on the planet; food, clothing, shelter, energy, medicine, insight, re-creation. It has been mankinds companion and helpmate since the beginning. Any law against it is a crime against humanity, creation and the Creator.

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  3. David Robbins on

    It’s time to free all our Cannabis POWS!!! Let’s put an end to all that are in prison of a God given plant!!! Wake up America!!! Free our cannabis POWS & send them home to there families…

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  4. Michelle DeMello on

    i agree with most of the post here. Our Gov. agencies like the DEA, and FDA want to keep this out of the hands of the market place so Big Pharma can kill us with its side effects from Drugs that cost lots and lots of money. Some of which goes into the pockets of our Gov. Agents!
    If they changed Industrial Hemp classification and set our Farmers Free to Grow like the stopped it in 1931 when Dow came up with Plastic. Our world would be so much better and cleaner. Organic is best! Set us Free!

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