Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson said that he thinks President Obama could reschedule marijuana from a Schedule I drug to Schedule II.
Schedule I drugs include LSD and heroin–drugs that are considered high risk for abuse and addiction and that have no currently accepted medical use. Schedule II drugs include cocaine and painkillers like oxycodone. The reclassification would green-light cannabis research and enable doctors to prescribe the drug.
Tom Angell, chairman of the advocacy group Marijuana Majority, said rescheduling marijuana doesn’t require an act of Congress–the attorney general and secretary of Health and Human Services could reschedule cannabis without further legislation under the Controlled Substances Act.
“It’s tough to predict what the president will do on this issue before he leaves office, but if he’s willing to uphold his pledge to set policy based on science, and he listens to the majority of Americans who support marijuana reform, he will exercise his administrative authority for rescheduling,” Mr. Angell said.
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