DEA Moving Toward Recategorizing Marijuana As A Lower-Schedule Drug: Report


The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is moving toward removing marijuana from its list of Schedule I drugs, finally heeding calls from activists to stop conflating the widely used substance with the dangers of drugs that actually kill people, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

A proposal from the DEA would need to be reviewed by the White House Office of Management and Budget. The drug agency did not immediately return HuffPost’s requests for comment.


Despite being legalized for recreational use in 24 U.S. states, marijuana has long been categorized as a Schedule I drug by the DEA, with the agency saying it has “a high potential for abuse and the potential to create severe psychological and/or physical dependence.”

But cannabis use disorder is rare, and no one has ever died from a marijuana overdose. Meanwhile, overdoses on heroin, a synthetic opioid made from morphine on the Schedule I list, claim more than 14,000 Americans’ lives every year.

The Schedule II drug list, which is supposed to contain less dangerous substances, includes cocaine, methamphetamine and the mass killer drugs fentanyl and oxycodone.

And although the Schedule I drug list is supposed to list substances with “no currently accepted medical use,” 38 states

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