HHS Recommends Easing Marijuana Restrictions

Recommendation prompts the DEA to conduct a final review for reschedulization.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that the department recommends the reclassification of marijuana as a less harmful drug than currently labeled. 

At the moment, marijuana is listed as a Schedule 1 drug along with ecstasy, LSD, and heroin. The HHS recommends reducing its rating to a Schedule 3 drug, placing it alongside drugs known to have moderate potential for dependency that doctors still use to treat certain ailments. Steroids, ketamine, and testosterone are drugs currently classified within the Schedule 3 rating.

The health department’s recommendation does not automatically reclassify marijuana as a Schedule 3 drug, but it does prompt the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to conduct a final review to decide whether or not to formally reclassify the drug. 

“As part of this process, HHS conducted a scientific and medical evaluation for consideration by DEA,” a DEA spokesperson said. “DEA has the final authority to schedule or reschedule a drug under the Controlled Substances Act. DEA will now initiate its review.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Administrator Anne Milgram as she oversees the DEA’s review of the HHS recommendation to reclassify marijuana.
  • For Secretary Becerra to seek God’s guidance as he heads the HHS.
  • For administration officials as they assess the classification of controlled substances.

Sources: Reuters, PBS


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