Law enforcement leaders urge Biden to reclassify marijuana to lesser status | The Hill

A group of law enforcement leaders urged President Biden to reclassify marijuana to a lesser status in a Thursday letter.

“We are current and former police chiefs, sheriffs, federal and state prosecutors, and correctional officials from across the country dedicated to protecting public safety and reducing unnecessary arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration,” reads the letter from the Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration group.

“We urge your Administration to reclassify marijuana from a schedule I to a schedule III substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA),” the letter continues.

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7 Replies to “Law enforcement leaders urge Biden to reclassify marijuana to lesser status | The Hill”

  1. Marijuana has made its mark on the United States in many ways. Every race, every gender, every social class, has been influenced by the Marijuana plant. In recent decades, we have seen a switch in the attitudes posed towards Marijuana. This switch has urged for legality, public health, and justice in America.These law enforcement officers have asked for Marijuana to be reclassified to a lower status drug. How does the current classification of Marijuana as a Schedule I substance impact law enforcement priorities and resources?What implications does the reclassification of marijuana hold for criminal justice reform efforts? Could it potentially alleviate the burden on the justice system by reducing non-violent drug-related incarcerations and fostering alternative approaches to rehabilitation and community support?Reclassification could lead to a reduction in non-violent drug-related incarcerations, easing overcrowding in prisons and creating a shift towards rehabilitation rather than punitive measures, promoting social equity and justice.

    1. Hello Stephanie I do agree with you that classifying Marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug federally is not right and that Marijuana is used for medicinal purposes all through our healthcare system so for it to be classified with heroin and other extreme drugs isn’t exactly honest. It should at least be classified as a Schedule 6 drug like it is in North Carolina this will federally make sentencing shorter and decrease the overcrowding of prisons in our country. This can and would lead to fewer nonviolent offenses having long sentences in prison and could lead to it being decriminalized completely.

    2. Stephanie, you gave a great summarization of how a reclassification of cannabis would impact our country. It is a well known fact that cannabis has been a large contributor to overincarceration, despite the fact that it is not nearly as dangerous as other schedule 1 narcotics. Additionally, it has not been proven to cause violence or capable of causing death due to overdoes. Effectively, its most harmful effects would be most comparable to tobacco, which is a legal substance in itself. If reclassified, this could also reduce over policing, and extend police resources to other, more needed issues.

    3. Decriminalization of marijuana seems like a no-brainer, simply for the reduction effect it would have on our prison populations. Its use for recreation and medicinal purposes has become much more commonplace. I’d bet that even people being put in prison for possession will go right back to using on the outside, especially when considering that the social stigma around the drug is less and less by the day. Putting people in prison for this is quite literally only wasting correctional budgets and taxpayer dollars.

  2. In this article it highlights the ongoing debate of Marijuana use in the United States. The change that is happening in the Criminal Justice system now tells people that they are starting to be more open to reforms and reducing unnecessary arrests and prosecutions when it comes to using Marijuana. This relates to broader criminal justice issues because it can lead to reforms in other drug enforcement areas of the law and reduce overcrowding of prisons for non-violent drug offenses, but will it move forward or remain stagnant? This could lead in the right direction to more addiction centers and rehabilitation measures.

    1. I think that going forward, there will be further change as long as we are in the part of the cycle that calls for more “leniency”. As long as this trend continues, more reform will most likely take place; This is especially so for if the status Marijuana has is changed. This could be significant in that it can set a precedent for this ‘moving forward’ as you put it. With this forward movement, it will lead into the right direction, so as long as the right people are heading it.

    2. Dylan, I agree with you. Being pro-active when it comes to law enforcement is key to being effective. But what will we do when people refuse to go to treatment and to get help? Will there be laws that make it mandatory to go to rehab and not just a judge making you go?

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