GOP Lawmaker Releases Marijuana Rescheduling Bill Throughout Biden Administration Review!

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A Republican congressman has reintroduced a bill that would transfer marijuana from the more restrictive Schedule I to the more lenient Schedule III under federal law. It was introduced on Friday by Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL). He has promoted the “Marijuana 1-to-3 Act”—a minimal reform—during each of the previous three legislative sessions.

“The Attorney General of the United Declares shall, by order not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this section, shift marijuana from schedule I of such Act to schedule III of such Act,” the two-page bill states. The congressman has stated that rescheduling may be a temporary measure to promote study into the plant and its constituent parts.

Advocates have been advocating for the complete removal of cannabis from the CSA. In 2019, he stated, “As marijuana gets legalized for both medical and recreational use across the United States, it is crucial that we research the effects of the substance and the possible implications it can have on various groups.”

Research and study opportunities have significantly increased as a result of marijuana’s rescheduling from schedule I to schedule III. Both the rescheduling of marijuana and its research has received the approval of Vice President Joe Biden. The first piece of independent federal cannabis reform legislation in American history was enacted last month when he also authorized marijuana research.

Late last year, Biden gave a blanket pardon for marijuana use and ordered a review of the CSA’s cannabis scheduling. Agencies are evaluating marijuana scientifically to decide whether it should be properly scheduled. Even though Steube’s proposed law would move marijuana to Schedule III, it would still have a lot of repercussions even though the federal prohibition would not disappear.

For instance, it would shield government workers who use marijuana from a Reagan-era executive order that categorizes illegal drugs as Schedule I or II substances. Additionally, only substances listed in Schedules I and II are subject to the “280E” tax provision, which prevents cannabis enterprises from deducting operating costs from their taxes.

The existing Schedule I classification of cannabis would make it more difficult to conduct scientific study, thus reclassification would also facilitate that. As the federal statute, the U.S. Postal Service has invoked to support its actions only relates to Schedule I narcotics, moving cannabis out of that category would also stop threats made against publishers over the delivery of newspapers with marijuana advertisements.

However, a minor postponement would not be sufficient to end federal criminal sanctions. Advocates have also voiced worry that any action short of a complete withdrawal from the CSA could result in the creation of new regulatory barriers for cannabis companies operating within the bounds of state law.

The 118th Congress’ Republican majority, according to Steube, “is working to make our government accountable to the people,” he said in a press release announcing the cannabis bill and a number of unrelated measures, including a ban on dog research, a restriction on professional sports leagues’ ability to request nonprofit status and tax breaks, and a repeal of Disney’s copyright protections.

In addition, Steube submitted additional legislation for the current session that was intended to shield veterans of the armed forces from losing their entitlement to government benefits if they used medical marijuana in accordance with state regulations.

It would further formalize the practice of allowing clinicians working for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to speak with their patients about marijuana’s possible advantages and drawbacks. The first cannabis law for the 118th Congress was introduced by Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) and two other Republicans. It’s made to make it possible for people using medical marijuana to buy and own firearms.

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