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House Republicans pass budget bill that would block marijuana rescheduling

A committee in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget bill on Tuesday that would disrupt the Biden administration’s move to reschedule marijuana.

Language in the $78.2 million funding bill stipulates the Department of Justice can’t use any money to “reschedule marijuana … or remove marijuana” from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act.


The bill approved Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee funds the Justice Department and some other agencies.

The committee is chaired by GOP Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma.

Actionable, or symbolic?

It’s unclear whether the appropriations bill, which takes effect in the 2025 fiscal year, will have anything more than a symbolic effect.

It’s unlikely the Democrat-controlled Senate would approve a budget bill that would disrupt a

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