A letter dated Aug. 29, 2023 from the Department of Health and Human Services to Anne Milgram, of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was leaked to Bloomberg News. The letter calls for rescheduling marijuana as a Schedule III drug under the Controlled Substances Act.
Minnesota joined 22 other states and D.C. in legalizing adult-use of the drug
The two states join 19 other states and DC where the drug is legal for adult use.
The White House Twitter account added, “Additionally, @POTUS asked @SecBecerra and the Attorney General to initiate the process of reviewing how marijuana is scheduled under federal law. Marijuana is currently classified at the same level as heroin – and above fentanyl.”
The law, signed on May 25, 2022 went into effect immediately
In a largely partisan vote, the US House of Representatives voted 220 to 204 to decriminalize marijuana, including medical and recreational use. However, neither the House bill nor a similar bill in the Senate are expected to garner enough Republican votes to be passed.
Malta’s legislation, passed on Dec. 14, 2021, awaits the president’s signature (a formality) to become law. The country will just beat Luxembourg, which announced in Oct. 2021 that it would legalize adult-use marijuana soon, to be the first European country, joining only Canada and Uruguay globally in legalization.
The South Dakota Supreme Court ruled on Nov. 24, 2021 that the amendment passed by 54% of voters in 2020 was void because of a technicality. The state’s constitution requires amendments to focus on one issue, while the court held that Amendment A included three separate issues.
The country would join just two countries with full recreational marijuana legalization: Canada and Uruguay. A handful of other countries have decriminalized the drug for recreational use but have not legalized sales.
Connecticut joins 17 states and DC in legalizing the substance for adult use.
The state joins just four other states in legalizing marijuana via legislation.
Governor Northam and the legislature agreed to legalize possession and growing plants on July 1, 2021, with commercial sales coming Jan. 1, 2024.
New York became the 15th state to legalize recreational marijuana, effective immediately, as Governor Cuomo signed legislation the same day it hit his desk. The law also adjusts the medical marijuana law, allowing for a 60-day supply and adding more qualifying conditions.
Governor Kristi Noem has worked to strike down the constitutional amendment, while advocates vow to fight to restore the voter-approved measure.
Though the bill is not likely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate, it is the first time either chamber has passed such an act.