Press Release

Gillibrand Applauds Biden Administration Move to Reclassify Marijuana

Apr 30, 2024

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement about the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) moving to reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule III substance: 

I’m grateful that the DEA is heeding my call to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule III substance,” said Senator Gillibrand. “As most Americans realize, marijuana is simply not comparable to other Schedule I substances like heroin and LSD. And while I continue to believe that marijuana should be descheduled entirely, this is an important first step to remedying decades of unjust federal marijuana policy. I applaud this move and will continue working in Congress to legalize marijuana and expunge the records of Americans with prior marijuana possession convictions.” 

Gillibrand has repeatedly called on the DEA to reclassify marijuana. She has also cosponsored the Marijuana Justice Act, landmark legislation that would legalize marijuana and help reverse decades of failed drug policy that has disproportionately hurt communities of color and low-income communities, and the SAFE Banking Act, which would ensure that legal cannabis businesses have access to critical banking and financial services.