Top Biden administration officials recommended that marijuana be classified under the much less regulated Schedule III class of banned substances instead of its current Schedule I classification, in documents released to the public on Friday.
Rachel Levine, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sent a letter to Anne Milgram, administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), on Aug. 29, 2023, recommending that marijuana be moved from Schedule I, the harshest drug classification, to Schedule III under the Controlled Substance Act, according to the report. The report found that marijuana had the potential to be used for a number of different medical conditions, especially for easing pain, while also claiming that the substance’s potential for abuse and public health risk was lower than other scheduled drugs. (RELATED: Biden Admin Launches Probe Into Boeing After Alaska Airlines Inflight Incident)
“These evaluations demonstrate that there is consistency across databases, across substances, and over time that although abuse of marijuana produces clear evidence of a risk to public health, that risk is relatively lower than that posed by most other comparator drugs,” the report reads.
The report is the result of an executive order from President Joe Biden in October 2022, who asked HHS and the attorney general to review the classification of the substance, according to the report. The government has conducted four…