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US DEA Will Reclassify Marijuana, Ease Restrictions

Summary of article from AP News, by Zeke Miller, Joshua Goodman, Jim Mustian, Lindsay Whitehurst:

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) plans to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug, recognizing its medical uses and lower potential for abuse. The proposal, pending review by the White House Office of Management and Budget, would move marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule III drug but would not legalize it for recreational use. This change follows President Biden’s call for a review of federal marijuana law and his efforts to pardon Americans convicted of simple possession. Critics argue the move could lead to harmful side effects and that marijuana should be treated like alcohol instead. Despite the change, marijuana would still be a controlled substance and subject to federal regulations.