The DEA decided against rescheduling or descheduling marijuana last week, so it will remain on the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule I drug. But now, Hillary Clinton is saying that she plans to reschedule marijuana if she is elected.
Clinton’s announcement is a direct response to the DEA’s failure to reschedule marijuana, according to SF Gate. Although, the one thing that the DEA did do was reduce restrictions on marijuana research.
Clinton’s plans are to reschedule marijuana as a Schedule II substance. This would acknowledge marijuana as medicine for treating chronic health conditions.
Clinton’s senior policy advisor, Maya Harris said, “Marijuana is already being used for medicinal purposes in states across the country, and it has the potential for even further medical use. As Hillary Clinton has said throughout this campaign, we should make it easier to study marijuana so that we can better understand its potential benefits, as well as its side effects.”
Harris also said, “As president, Hillary will build on the important steps announced today by rescheduling marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II substance. She will also ensure Colorado, and other states that have enacted marijuana, can continue to serve as laboratories of democracy.”