Amid swirling rumors about the possibility of an imminent cannabis policy announcement from the White House, a Biden administration official told Marijuana Moment on Tuesday that they’d “wave off” the speculation.
Industry stakeholders and several prominent cannabis journalists have signaled in recent days that an announcement—possibly pertaining to the ongoing review into cannabis scheduling—is coming within days. But that’s not the case, the administration source says.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) did officially disclose in December that it had advised the DEA to move cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). It made that recommendation following a review under an October 2022 directive from President Joe Biden.
But while high-profile lawmakers on both sides of the cannabis debate have been recently promoting their positions on the scheduling discussion and urging DEA to act accordingly, the Biden administration official who asked not to be named told Marijuana Moment on Wednesday that they’d “wave off” the rumors.
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