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420 with CNW — Impact of Federal Marijuana Reclassification on State-Level Programs Remains Unclear

A proposal put forth by Merrick Garland, U.S. Attorney General, calls for a relaxation of federal laws prohibiting marijuana. However, this move does not imply the federal government’s endorsement of medical or recreational marijuana use in the numerous states where it has been legalized.

Shifting cannabis from its current classification as one of the most hazardous and least beneficial substances to a less severe category indicates a desire within the federal government, particularly under Biden’s administration, to alleviate restrictions on a substance that has gained legality in an increasing number of states over the past decade. Over the years, federal authorities have refrained from targeting state-legal cannabis activities, and this recent proposal seems to reinforce that stance. Nonetheless, it fails to resolve the complex issues arising from the disparity between federal and state regulations.

The specifics of the rescheduling remain uncertain, as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has not disclosed Garland’s proposal details. Even if made public, the proposal is subject to modifications during the rulemaking process, which spans several months.

Here are some key considerations regarding what is currently known about the potential impacts of rescheduling:

Q: Is marijuana currently legal?

A: No. Despite legalization in certain states for adult use, federal law would likely still deem state systems illegal. State-legal medical cannabis dispensaries don’t meet the criteria for Schedule III drugs regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Q: What distinguishes Schedule I from III?

A: One significant difference is the acknowledgment of potential medical value. Schedule I substances, such as LSD and heroin, are deemed to have no medicinal use, hindering research efforts. On the other hand, Schedule III recognizes some medical benefits, offering prospects for improved research opportunities.

Q: How are states getting ready for rescheduling?

A: State regulators are awaiting further details before acting. While some anticipate eased restrictions on marijuana research, others consider potential implications for state-legal businesses, such as eligibility for tax deductions.

Q: Why is research important?

A: Limited research due to restrictions has impeded efforts to demonstrate cannabis’s benefits, hindering policy decisions and industry guidelines.

Q: What implications does rescheduling have on criminal justice, tax and banking policies?

A: While rescheduling alone is unlikely to address various concerns, such as tax deductions and access to banking services, advocates hope it will catalyze broader changes, including addressing social-justice issues.

Q: Could a future administration reverse this decision?

A: While possible, there’s no indication of such intentions. The fate of rescheduling could depend on the outcome of future elections and subsequent policy shifts.

Companies such as Curaleaf Holdings Inc. (CSE: CURA) (OTCQX: CURLF) will be waiting on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to announce its reclassification decision and the commencement of the next rulemaking steps to ascertain what the strategic direction for cannabis businesses may be going forward.

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