Don Young continues quest on pot reform, asks Biden to drop cannabis from Schedule 1

Don Young continues quest on pot reform, asks Biden to drop cannabis from Schedule 1

Congressman Don Young and Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH), sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, urging them to remove cannabis as a Schedule I substance and to engage in legislative efforts to reform federal cannabis policies. Young and Joyce are co-chairs of the Cannabis Caucus. Under current law, cannabis is classified as Schedule I substance alongside significantly more dangerous substances such as heroin and LSD, and above morphine, methadone, and cocaine in the Schedule II category. This classification prevents cannabis from being accepted for medical use, causing research restrictions and preventing patients, including veterans, from accessing it, the two congressman wrote. Earlier this month, Young, Joyce (R-OH), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, urging him to swiftly implement proposals to allow veterans to access medical cannabis. On Nov. 16, Young introduced the States Reform Act with Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-SC), Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA), Congressman Peter Meijer (R-MI), and Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL). The legislation, if it passes, would protect state-legal cannabis policies by ending federal marijuana prohibition. In May, Young helped Congressman Joyce introduce the Common Sense Cannabis Reform for Veterans, Small Businesses and Medical Professionals Act. The bill would end federal marijuana prohibition by removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. In April, Young introduced the Gun Rights and Marijuana (GRAM) Act, legislation to secure the Second Amendment rights of Americans living in jurisdictions with legal adult-use and medicinal marijuana. […]

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