Biden's marijuana plan is out of step with public opinion

Marijuana policy recommendations promulgated this week by the Joe BidenJoe BidenDonald Trump Jr. to self-publish book ‘Liberal Privilege’ before GOP convention Tom Price: Here’s how we can obtain more affordable care The Memo: Democrats feel rising tide in Florida MORE campaign fall well short of the changes necessary to adequately address the historic and ongoing failures of federal cannabis prohibition.

Specifically, the plan calls for rescheduling the marijuana plant under the Controlled Substances Act — a move the campaign insists will lead toward its eventual “decriminalization.”

Unfortunately, rescheduling cannabis from Schedule I of the CSA to a lower status is both impractical and counterproductive.

While current federal law categorizes and regulates marijuana like heroin (both are categorized as Schedule I controlled substances), rescheduling the plant to a Schedule II drug (like cocaine or oxycodone) — as the candidate proposes on his website — or even a Schedule III drug (like anabolic steroids) is similarly inappropriate.

Such a change would restrict adults’ ability to legally access the substance to those with a doctor’s prescription only and would continue to maintain criminal penalties for anyone who possesses the substance to absent such authorization. 

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