What reclassifying marijuana means for states

The DEA reportedly plans to propose moving the drug from Schedule I, the highest classification, down to Schedule III.
A demonstrator waves a flag with marijuana leaves depicted on it during a protest calling for the legalization of marijuana, outside of the White House on April 2, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s plan to propose reclassifying marijuana as a less dangerous drug will allow licensed cannabis businesses to claim a valuable tax break and encourage more cannabis research, but it is unlikely to have a major effect on state regulatory programs.

The proposed move from Schedule I, the highest federal drug classification, down to Schedule III would put psychoactive cannabis on par with drugs with accepted medical uses and low to moderate addiction potential, such as ketamine.

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