April 30,2024

Wyden Statement on Reports that DEA will Reschedule Cannabis

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement today on reports that the Drug Enforcement Administration will reschedule cannabis as a Schedule III controlled substance:

“After decades of the federal government being dug in on prohibition, moving cannabis to Schedule III would be a huge shift in policy and signal to the American people that the days of reefer madness are coming to an end. Medical research will open up and legal small businesses will no longer be treated unjustly like criminals under the inequitable 280E tax provision – a provision I’ve been working for years to repeal. I’m not going to let today’s news slow this movement down, because there’s more to be done to rectify the harms of the failed War on Drugs. Cannabis should ultimately be descheduled with strong federal regulations put in place to protect public health and safety. Leader Schumer, Senator Booker and I have just the bill to do it.”