The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has officially recommended moving cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), Bloomberg reports.
The recommendation comes nearly a year after President Joe Biden (D) tasked his Secretary of Health and Human Services and U.S. Attorney General with reviewing cannabis’ Schedule I status. As part of that process, HHS coordinated with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a scientific review of the plant and its legal status. While historic, the HHS recommendation is non-binding and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will have the final say.
It was not immediately clear when rescheduling — if the DEA were to follow the recommendation — may take place but the process would likely take several months at minimum.
A DEA spokesperson confirmed to Marijuana Moment that the agency had received the recommendation from HHS this week:
“We can confirm DEA received a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services providing its findings and recommendation on marijuana scheduling, pursuant to President Biden’s request for a review. As part of this process, HHS conducted a scientific and medical evaluation for consideration by DEA. DEA has the