U.S. Department of Justice.

The U.S. Department of Justice is making the proposal because the Biden administration has acknowledged currently accepted medical uses for marijuana.

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Attorney General Merrick Garland this week submitted a notice of proposed rulemaking to the Federal Register, calling for marijuana to shift from Schedule I to Schedule III under the Controlled Substances Act.

The move by the Justice Department makes official a proposal that could have tax implications for marijuana-based businesses, as well as potential changes in school bus driver drug testing procedures.

“The rescheduling of a controlled substance follows a formal rulemaking procedure that requires notice to the public, and an opportunity for comment and an administrative hearing,” according to a statement issued by the DOJ. “This proposal starts the process, where the Drug Enforcement Administration will gather and consider information and views submitted by the public, in order to make a determination about the appropriate schedule.”

Until the process is complete, marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance. Even if the reclassification occurs, marijuana would be limited to prescriptions by doctors.

“It’s an important move toward reversing long-standing inequities,” said President Joe Biden in a video posted on X (formerly Twitter). “Today’s announcement builds on the work we’ve already done to pardon a record number of federal offenses for simple possession of marijuana. And it adds to the action we’ve taken to lift barriers to housing, employment, small business loans, and so much more for tens of thousands of Americans.”

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Wes Platt

Wes Platt

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Wes Platt joined Bobit in 2021 as executive editor of School Bus Fleet Magazine. He writes and edits content about student transportation, school bus manufacturers and equipment, legislative issues, maintenance, fleet contracting, and school transportation technology - from classic yellow diesel buses to the latest EPA-funded electric, propane, and CNG vehicles.

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