Classification creates both risks for businesses in states that have deemed it legal and difficulties for states seeking to regulate a growing industry, legislators say
A bipartisan group of state legislators has called for the federal government to remove marijuana from the list of Schedule I drugs, defined by the US Controlled Substances Act as “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse”.
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCLS) adopted a resolution at Wednesday’s NCS business meeting that means the organization will, under its bylaws, “lobby the Congress, the White House and federal agencies” to change marijuana’s designation under the law. Schedule I is the strictest designation under the federal law. Amongst those drugs listed in the less restrictive Schedule II are methamphetamine and opium.