Rescheduling Initiative

Next Steps for Rescheduling and Ensuring Science is on the Record

What Happened?

A proposed rule by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was posted in the federal register on May 21st to transfer cannabis from schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to schedule III. This change recognizes the medical benefits of cannabis and lowers its abuse potential that was evidenced by HHS’s review.

This action is HISTORIC. This is the fifth time in 50 years that cannabis has been considered for reclassification, but only the first time a proposed rule was posted to move cannabis to schedule III.

What Schedule III Means?

Medical Benefits Recognized

Acknowledges cannabis' medical benefits and lower abuse potential than schedule I and II drugs.

Removing the §280E Tax Burdens

Eases tax burdens on cannabis businesses.

Lowered Barrier for More Research

Better facilitates research by removing certain barriers.

What Does this NOT Mean?

Not Legalized

Does not fully legalize cannabis federally.

Not Interstate

Does not enable interstate commerce.

Not Banking

Does not change banking regulations for cannabis businesses.

Our Role

The S3 Collective is leading a comprehensive literature review and preparing a science-based public comment for the DEA. We’ve assembled a team of experts to ensure that scientific evidence is on the record. The public comment period ends on 7/22/24, so we have to act fast!


How can you help?

Spread the Word

Spread the Word: Educate others about this critical issue.

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Your tax-deductible donation supports our efforts to submit a robust public comment packed with evidence and data.


Together, we can ensure that science shapes the future of cannabis!

Submitting a Public Comment?

While our team of experts is working to lead a strategic public comment that puts science on the record, we recognize that many of you may want to submit your own. If so, we invite you to review what our friends at the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has prepared on this topic.

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