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Detour Ahead
Will rescheduling reroute the future
of interstate commerce for marijuana?
By Omar Sacirbey
S
ome cannabis executives are
hopeful that if the federal
government moves marijuana
from Schedule 1 to 3 of the Controlled
Substances Act, then transporting
MJ products across state lines will be
allowed.
But that is only partially true,
marijuana industry lawyers say.
Schedule 3 (as well as Schedules 4
and 5) permits interstate commerce
only for drugs approved by the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
such as anabolic steroids, ketamine,
testosterone and Tylenol with
codeine-plus dronabinol, Marinol
and Syndros, which are synthetic THC
formulations used to increase appetite
in patients undergoing chemotherapy
or suffering from anorexia.
Would fl ower, concentrates, THCinfused
edibles and other products
sold at medical marijuana dispensaries
and adult-use retailers be permitted
for interstate commerce? Not legally,
unless they have FDA approval.
" That's the key. If you have an FDAapproved
cannabis product, then ...
like any other Schedule 3 drug, like
Tylenol with codeine, you're going to
be able to have interstate commerce, "
said attorney Justin Brandt of the law
fi rm Bianchi & Brandt in Scottsdale,
Arizona. " But state-legalized medical
cannabis in and of itself doesn't
Until now, interstate commerce of marijuana
has been strictly illegal.
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automatically become a Schedule 3
marijuana product. It's still separate
and distinct, and it's still technically
outside the purview of the FDA and
the Controlled Substances Act. It's still
technically federally illegal. "
BUILDING MOMENTUM
While non-FDA-approved marijuana
products would still be federally illegal,
many observers believe the plant's
rescheduling would make federal
authorities less inclined to target
cannabis businesses that transact
cross-border sales.
For the past several years, Congress
has regularly passed budget legislation
that prohibits using federal money to
crack down on state-regulated medical
cannabis businesses. Such legislation
is a major reason why the federal
government has mostly left marijuana
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