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420 with CNW — Shifting Cannabis to Schedule III May Have Major Ramifications

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department recently recommended that the federal government reclassify marijuana as a Schedule III drug. Drugs under this classification are said to have a low-moderate potential for addiction and/or abuse. These drugs can also be acquired through prescription, even though they aren’t generally available over the counter. They include ketamine, products with less than 90 mg of codeine and anabolic steroids.

If the U.S. government heeds this call, there may be significant implications for a range of marijuana-related issues. For instance, marijuana businesses could claim deductions on their federal tax obligations because they wouldn’t be restricted by Section 280E of the IRS, which mainly applies to Schedule I and II substances.

Let’s look at some other issues that may be affected if the federal government proceeds with the rescheduling.

State marijuana laws

Currently, some state laws are aligned with the Controlled Substances Act. A change at the federal level would trigger changes at the state level, especially in relation to medical cannabis.

A number of states, including Oregon and Washington, have also adopted laws that will allow them to enter into agreements to permit cannabis commerce across state lines. However, cross-border trade can only be possible if changes at the federal level are implemented.

Mailing and advertising rules

In the past, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has issued warnings on cannabis mail, with a previously penned letter stating that the Control Substances Act prohibited the placement of any ads on controlled substances in any publications. The USPS also noted that using the mailing system to facilitate the receipt, purchase or distribution of these drugs would constitute a felony.

Marijuana’s reclassification to a lower schedule would remove these obstacles while also making it easier for ads in different media and publications to travel across state lines.

Federal employees

At the moment, federal workers aren’t allowed to use any drugs classified under Schedule I and II. This is based on a decades-old executive order that defines illegal substances as those under the aforementioned schedules.

Marijuana’s rescheduling could lift restrictions on the drug. This isn’t definite, however; some attorneys argue that a company’s internal policies wouldn’t automatically change because of the drug’s reclassification.


Cannabis’ rescheduling would also eliminate most of the barriers that prevent researchers from acquiring and using marijuana for scientific investigation. This would be made even easier by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s ability to process licenses faster. Currently, procedural hurdles at the agency have greatly hindered studies from progressing.

These are just a few of the changes that could happen if the federal government proceeded with the decision to reschedule marijuana to a lower classification. However, it should be noted that marijuana businesses would still be illegal under federal law, regardless of state laws.

Any easing of the restrictions surrounding the marijuana industry is likely to have a positive effect, and makers of cultivation equipment could see a gradual increase in their sales.

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