Pressure for Rescheduling

A growing portion of the population supporting legalization

The movement to reschedule cannabis has been gaining momentum, fueled by a combination of factors including changing public attitudes, emerging scientific research, and policy shifts at the state level. This pressure for rescheduling is a reflection of the growing acknowledgment that the current Schedule I status of cannabis may no longer be appropriate or justified given the evolving landscape.

Public opinion on cannabis has shifted significantly in recent years, with a growing portion of the population supporting legalization for medical and even recreational use. This shift is evident in the number of states that have legalized cannabis in some form, challenging the federal government's stance on the drug. Additionally, a growing body of scientific research suggests that cannabis has potential therapeutic benefits for a range of medical conditions, further fueling the argument for rescheduling.

The pressure for rescheduling is not just a grassroots phenomenon; it also comes from various sectors including healthcare professionals, advocacy groups, and some government officials. These stakeholders argue that rescheduling cannabis could improve research opportunities, provide better access for patients needing medical cannabis, and reduce the legal and social burdens associated with its current classification. For an overview of changing public attitudes towards cannabis, the Pew Research Center offers extensive survey data and analysis, accessible at Pew Research Center.

Pressure for Rescheduling
S3 Collective December 13, 2023
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Risk of Addiction and Abuse
Critics of rescheduling often cite the potential for cannabis to be habit-forming