One of the most anticipated political moves this year has been the Drug Enforcement Administration deciding whether or not they would like to reschedule marijuana. It has been widely anticipated that they were going to during the first half of 2016, as they had originally reported. There was then an announcement that the Drug Enforcement Administration was going to release their decision on August 1st, as per an “anonymous DEA lawyer.” Well, the first half of 2016 has certainly passed, and so has August 1st. There is no word from the DEA that they would like to reschedule marijuana or when the announcement will come.

It’s informally official. A senior official at the Drug Enforcement Administration has affirmed that the DEA won’t reschedule pot in 2016, says a lawyer who talked with him before the end of last week. “The DEA is not going to reschedule marijuana this year…. They aren’t issuing a public announcement about the change,” the attorney stated.

Numerous pot advocates — and the officials who bolster them — have been trusting that the DEA would reschedule weed from a Schedule I to a Schedule II substance. The renaming would recognize that the medication holds restorative properties and make it possible to conduct more research. As was widely reported a month ago, the DEA had sent a letter to administrators in April, saying that the office would discharge a declaration on rescheduling in the principal half of this current year. In any case, July 1st went back and forth with no declaration, and the DEA has declined to set another course of events.

“We do not have a date set to make an announcement about that one way or another,” a representative in the DEA’s public affairs office added.

And even if they did have a date set, it likely would not be during 2016.


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