Lankford Leads Bicameral Challenge to Biden Admin's Effort to Remove Marijuana's Schedule I Drug Status

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) led a bicameral letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) urging the agency to not remove marijuana from the list of Schedule I drugs.

“Any effort to reschedule marijuana should be based on proven facts and science—not popular opinion, changes in state laws, or the preferred policy of an Administration…It is irresponsible for Health and Human Services (HHS) to recommend that marijuana be removed from Schedule I. It would also be irresponsible for DEA to act on this recommendation. Our country relies on DEA to enforce our nation’s drug laws. We ask you to uphold your mission by rejecting any effort to remove marijuana from Schedule I,” the Members wrote. Lankford and Sessions were joined by Sens. Mike Rounds (R-SD), Jim Risch (R-ID), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Ted Budd (R-NC), along with Reps. Chuck Edwards (R-NC), Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Hal Rogers (R-KY), Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) and Andy Biggs (R-AZ) in sending the letter to DEA.