The federal government is on the verge of passing a bill that would legalize marijuana, a major policy shift that could pave the way for states to become the first in the country to move toward the legalization of the drug.
The bill is expected to pass the Senate on Monday, the first major step in moving the drug from a federal list to a state list, where it is currently treated like a Schedule I controlled substance.
The move would be symbolic.
While most states have approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes, it remains illegal under federal law.
The new bill would allow states to decriminalize marijuana, making it legal for adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of the herb and for adults under 21 to grow up to six plants.
The law would allow anyone over 21 years old to purchase marijuana for personal use.
It would also allow those over 21 who grow up with the plants to possess and use them for recreational purposes.
It also allows for adults to cultivate up to two marijuana plants at home.
The proposal has faced intense opposition from medical marijuana advocates, who have said it would send the wrong message to kids who want to grow pot and are being unfairly targeted by police.
The drug is currently classified as a Schedule III drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration, a classification that could result in criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of the plant.
It is also currently classified a Schedule II drug by federal officials.
The DEA has also made clear it wants to move the drug into a category with less restrictive classification.
It has also suggested that marijuana could be used as a gateway drug, an idea that is opposed by some marijuana advocates.
“This is a significant step forward in making marijuana available for medical use by adults and youth,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a member of the Judiciary Committee.
“The federal government has an obligation to move marijuana from a Schedule to a Schedule one drug, where there are far fewer harms, and allow states and localities to make this transition.”
Blumenthal said he has not been briefed on the bill, but he said he hopes the federal government will “use its influence with states to make a significant move.”
Blumenthal is among the lawmakers who have pressed the Obama administration to move ahead with marijuana legalization legislation.
“I have long believed that marijuana should be legalized in every state and the federal law is outdated and has not kept pace with the changing times,” Blumenthal said in a statement on Monday.
“We need to take this important step now, as we move forward on a more inclusive approach to marijuana.”
Blumenthal also urged the White House to move forward with marijuana reform.
“States should not have to wait for Congress to act.
The President should make it a priority to take marijuana off the Schedule II list,” Blumenthal wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama, signed by other lawmakers.
The Obama administration has said it will not make any final decisions on marijuana legalization until it has completed a comprehensive review of the science and the medical use of the substance.
Obama has said the DEA’s drug scheduling is not appropriate for marijuana.
The U.S. has not made any arrests for marijuana possession, but the U.K. has.
The White House said it wants more studies done to determine whether marijuana should move to Schedule I or II.
The Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Agency declined to comment.
Blumenthal’s proposal has sparked intense opposition, with lawmakers from both parties accusing the president of politicizing marijuana policy.
“Marijuana prohibition is unconstitutional and a dangerous policy that puts lives at risk,” said Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the ranking member of Senate’s Judiciary Committee, in a press release.
“President Obama has a long record of lying to our children, making excuses for drug use, and ignoring evidence and science.
He should end his hypocrisy and move marijuana into a Schedule 1 drug.”
Blumenthal’s move has been a lightning rod in the White Hill and has fueled criticism from medical pot advocates who say the bill would send an unjust message to children.
“It’s an outrageous move from a leader who has promised to bring our children back to the future.
It’s the wrong kind of message,” said Dr. William Reiss, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project.
“In the future, we should be focusing on creating safe environments for kids who are getting high and reducing harmful drugs that hurt our children.”
While there is little evidence that marijuana is any more harmful than other drugs, marijuana is still classified as having “no currently accepted medical use,” according to the DEA.
It still carries a federal criminal penalty, but that could change in the coming years, according to research.
The federal Drug Enforcement Division’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis said in February that it is confident that marijuana remains a controlled substance in the U, even though it does not meet the current DEA classification of a Schedule IV drug.
According to the report, there are no known cases of marijuana overdose among children under the age of 13, but there have been reports of children with a severe medical condition who