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Opinion: Marijuana rescheduling is positive, but we must go further and faster

Michael Cooper (Photo courtesy of NCIA)

Rescheduling marijuana is positive news in an industry desperate for good news.

But make no mistake, it is not enough.

We must go further – and faster – on marijuana reform.

By now, everyone in the regulated cannabis industry has likely heard that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finally surrendered its indefensible position that marijuana belonged on Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act.

That classification meant, in the eyes of federal officials, that marijuana had “no currently accepted medical use … a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision and a high potential for abuse.”

Advocates, along with the American public, have spent years urging policymakers to reconcile that position with reality.


Even in these polarized times, 89% of respondents in a recent Pew Research poll said medical cannabis should be legal.

While we

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