The Department of Heath and Human Services and the Justice Department would work together to establish a list of pros and cons for downgrading the Schedule I listing of marijuana to a Schedule II.
While many diehard cannabis advocates are calling for the plant to be legalized in the United States in a manner similar to alcohol and tobacco, President-elect Joe Biden isn’t quite ready to take that leap. Instead, he wants to focus on federally decriminalizing the herb, expanding research opportunities and making it available for medicinal purposes. Interestingly, his pick for health secretary almost solidifies that the nation is indeed headed down such a progressive path.
Biden announced this week that he wants California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. If confirmed, one of his jobs would be to work with a team of health officials to combat the pandemic. The other would be to oversee the orders necessary to reclassify marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.
Becerra, who was Biden’s second choice after Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo turned down the job, is a feather in the cap of cannabis advocates. Not only does he have a solid record on legal cannabis, but he’ll lead the charge of the rescheduling process if Biden makes good on his promise.