If the DEA reclassify marijuana, it could mean far more than it would have in the 1960s

May 2 – The Drug Enforcement Agency and Department of Justice announced earlier this week their plans to move marijuana from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule III drug, but a lot of people are wondering what that could really do to people. 

At the moment, marijuana is in the same class as cocaine, heroin and fentanyl. 

While the move wouldn’t decriminalize cannabis, it would alter the penalties for criminal charges. 

One thing to remember – marijuana today is far different than it was in the 1960s in this country. 

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “Biden won’t come out and speak against these so-called protests, I would say activist revolutionary tactics, because he wants certain votes. He’s doing this also to get that certain stratus of votes. He thinks he can get more votes from young people by doing this. It’s a long process. It won’t happen before the election, but it still allows him to say he’s doing it. The problem is what we need is we need studies on these powerful chemicals to say what they really can and cannot do. Right now we really don’t know and I would say they’re very dangerous, much more so than Tylenol with codeine, which is where it would land.” 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll noted, “This has been kicking around for years. This has been a controversial topic. Not to say marijuana should not be illegal, it still would be very much illegal. The controversy is should it be classified in the same category as cocaine and heroin and fentanyl? Most people would agree no, it should not be. That’s not to say it’s not dangerous, but from a criminal prosecution standpoint, it should not carry the same penalty. So there’s actually a lot of support for this move across the spectrum politically, but it’s still not clear if this makes it to the finish line.”

Once it’s published in the federal register, it has to sit for 60 days. 

Barkdoll continued, “It still is subject to approval from an administrative law judge. Once again, Donald Trump has not definitively weighed in on this. It’s not clear where he is. There’s some speculation he may support this. So if it makes it to the finish line this year, and Trump is elected president, it may just stay like it is or if it doesn’t make it to the finish line this year and Trump is elected president, he may endorse the continuation of this reclassification. So it looks like it will happen eventually. When it happens is very much a question though.”