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Biden drug czar hints at interstate commerce if marijuana is rescheduled

Marijuana rescheduling could allow for “legitimate interstate commerce within the federal system,” the Biden administration’s drug czar said in a recent interview.

In comments to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dr. Rahul Gupta, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, also hinted at a timeline for when marijuana might officially make the move from Schedule 1 to Schedule 3 of the Controlled Substances Act.


“Rescheduling is a process that will continue to go on for the remainder of the year,” said Gupta, a physician and former top public health officer in West Virginia.

Process is unclear

Gupta’s comments come in the weeks since U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland signed off on an August 2023 recommendation by the Department of Health and

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