Congressman Presses DEA For Action On Cannabis Scheduling Review, Calls Current Situation ‘Arcane And Out-Of-Touch’



Nearly two months after receiving a vague response from the Drug Enforcement Administration on cannabis scheduling, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is demanding answers. On Thursday, he sent another letter to DEA Administrator Anne Milgram, expressing frustration with the agency’s ongoing review and pushing for more information and transparency.

While acknowledging that moving cannabis to Schedule III, as recommended by the Dept of Health and Human Services in August, “would be an important step in the right direction,” Blumenauer said it “is not sufficient to correct the wrongs of federal prohibition or to meaningfully address the federal-state gap on cannabis policy.” Blumenauer called for full descheduling of cannabis and criticized the current situation as “arcane” and out of touch with public opinion.

In the February 8 letter, Blumenauer requested the DEA …

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