Colorado and Maryland Governors Call for Urgent Marijuana Rescheduling Amid DEA Resistance

In a significant push for cannabis reform, the governors of Colorado and Maryland are urging the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to expedite the federal rescheduling of marijuana. As states continue to advance marijuana policies, the DEA’s resistance to rescheduling has raised concerns. Let’s dive into the details:

Reports suggest that DEA leadership has resisted the proposal to move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Despite potential internal conflicts, both Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) and Maryland Governor Wes Moore (D) emphasize the need for swift action. While they can’t confirm the DEA’s internal matters, they agree that finalizing the rescheduling process is crucial.

Governors on the Front Line

Governor Polis acknowledges that governors play a critical role in cannabis policy. He commends the Biden administration’s efforts but emphasizes that more needs to be done. Both governors view rescheduling as a positive step toward broader federal legalization, urging Congress to pass legislation that protects banks working with state-legal cannabis businesses.

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