The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a highly redacted version of a brief letter to the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regarding the agency’s marijuana rescheduling recommendation.

Here’s the letter


Marijuana Moment reports

The letter, obtained via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Law360 reporter Sam Reisman, confirmed certain previously reported details such as the date of the correspondence, August 29, and the author, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine. But it was redacted to exclude the substance of the message such as the scheduling recommendation itself, as well as the scientific review portion that was attached to the letter.

HHS is believed to have advised DEA to move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), and the law enforcement agency is now carrying out its own review before making a final determination.

The letter to DEA Administrator Anne Milgram says that the HHS recommendation was based on “the eight factors determinative of control of a substance under 21 U.S.C. 81 1 (c).”

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