Justice Department takes 'major step' toward rescheduling marijuana:

    The Justice Department took a significant step toward rescheduling marijuana Thursday, formalizing its process to reclassify the drug as lower-risk and remove it from a category in which it has been treated as more dangerous than fentanyl and meth.


    “Look folks, no one should be in jail for merely using or possessing marijuana. Period,” Biden said in Thursday’s video, his third time speaking extensively on the topic since his directive two years ago.

    At last. Let’s put an end to this nonsense.

    US will reclassify marijuana in historic shift: AP sources | AP News

    US will reclassify marijuana in historic shift: AP sources | AP News:

    Once OMB signs off, the DEA will take public comment on the plan to move marijuana from its current classification as a Schedule I drug, alongside heroin and LSD. It moves pot to Schedule III, alongside ketamine and some anabolic steroids, following a recommendation from the federal Health and Human Services Department. After the public-comment period the agency would publish the final rule.

    That’s fantastic news! It’s ludicrous that weed was ever Schedule I, i.e. “with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse”, when alcohol isn’t. I can’t think of a single criterion by which marijuana is worse for users or for society than America’s current favorite drug of choice.

    Biden pardons cannabis users

    US President Joe Biden pardoned all Federal convictions for the use and simple possession of cannabis. I don’t use cannabis. If it were to go away tomorrow, my life wouldn’t change one bit.

    I am thrilled with this blanket pardon.

    Modify the statement, like:

    I am pardoning additional individuals who may continue to experience the unnecessary collateral consequences of a conviction for simple possession of beer, attempted simple possession of beer, or use of beer.

    and it sounds utterly obvious, and ludicrous that it ever would have been an issue in the first place. I enjoy a good stout or porter, and I can walk into almost any grocery store, flash my ID, hand over my money, and walk out with a bottle of drugs that’s caused far more societal harm than cannabis ever did. That I can drink a beer in public and no one bats an eye, while my neighbors could smoke a joint in their own house and go to jail for it, is insanity.

    Good on you, Mr. President, for making life better for a whole lot of Americans.