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State Attorneys General Urge DEA to Reschedule Marijuana

State Attorneys General Urge DEA to Reschedule Marijuana

Twelve state attorneys general have recently endorsed the Biden administration’s initiative to change the categorization of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. This major move points to a possible transformation in the federal approach to cannabis laws and their societal effects.

The Push for Change

The ongoing conversation about the legal status of marijuana in the US has reached a crucial juncture. Twelve attorneys general from states with legal adult-use or medical marijuana have expressed support for President Biden’s initiative to place marijuana in Schedule 3. Their unified action, through a formal letter to DEA chief Anne Milgram, is pivotal in endorsing this policy shift

The Coalition of Support

Leading the charge is Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, alongside AGs from 11 other states, including:

  • Rob Bonta, California.
  • Anthony Brown, Maryland.
  • Andrea Campbell, Massachusetts.
  • Aaron Ford, Nevada.
  • Michelle Henry, Pennsylvania.
  • Kathleen Jennings, Delaware.
  • Peter Neronha, Rhode Island.
  • Matthew Platkin, New Jersey.
  • Kwame Raoul, Illinois.
  • Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon.
  • William Tong, Connecticut.

Their message highlights a shared belief in the benefits of a state-regulated cannabis industry 

over the existing unregulated sectors.

The Journey Towards Rescheduling

The call for rescheduling marijuana, initiated by President Biden in October 2022, marks a significant departure from its longstanding classification as a Schedule 1 substance. This reevaluation by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, recommending a shift to Schedule 3, acknowledges the medical value of cannabis, challenging decades of established norms.

The Role of the DEA

The Drug Enforcement Administration, now at the helm of this decision-making process, faces the intricate task of balancing legal and policy considerations. While the path forward remains shrouded in procedural ambiguity, the anticipation of aligning with the HHS recommendation paints a hopeful picture for advocates and observers alike.

Implications and Considerations

The potential rescheduling of marijuana has numerous effects, particularly for legal cannabis businesses poised to benefit from substantial tax relief. However, the attorneys general are careful to balance their advocacy with a recognition of the inherent health and safety risks, especially among youth.

A Holistic Perspective

In their compelling conclusion, the AGs emphasize the necessity of protecting the state-regulated industry. They advocate for a responsible, regulated framework that mitigates the dangers posed by illicit markets and unregulated hemp-derived products.


The collective advocacy of these state attorneys general emphasizes the critical need for a fresh perspective on marijuana control. Their endorsement is a plea for a safe, practical approach and signals a larger shift in societal attitudes toward embracing the complexities and potential advantages of cannabis under regulated conditions. This pivotal moment in cannabis reforms points to a future where the national debate on marijuana will focus on health, safety, and regulatory considerations.

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