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What is Schedule 3 Drug? What change in marijuana could mean

Marijuana policy could soon see some big changes as the federal government plans to reclassify pot from a Schedule 1 drug to Schedule 3. But what does that mean?

For decades, marijuana was considered dangerous and addictive and not considered to have any medicinal value, but as time has gone on, so have attitudes about weed. The reclassification, first reported by the Associated Press, could potentially move marijuana from the same criminal laws as drugs like heroin and LSD to being on par with drugs that have medical uses, such as some combinations of paracetamol and codeine.

However, the change still doesn’t make marijuana fully legal. Here’s what it means when medicines are classified as Schedule 3.

What is a Schedule 3 Drug?

Schedule 3 drugs are controlled substances, but these types of drugs are subject to different regulations that allow certain medical uses. The rules also outline federal criminal prosecution of anyone who traffics in drugs without authorization. Schedule 3 drugs include things like ketamine, anabolic steroids and some combinations of paracetamol and codeine.

Marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug, which is believed to be highly dangerous, addictive, and not for medical use. The reclassification would move it from this category to a schedule III drug that can be legally prescribed as a drug.

Marijuana has been classified as a Schedule 1 drug since the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.

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What are Schedule 3 Drugs?

Schedule III drugs are narcotics classified by the federal government. Here are some examples of Schedule III drugs:

  • Products containing less than 90 milligrams of codeine per dosage unit (Tylenol with codeine)
  • Ketamine
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Testosterone

Is Marijuana Legal in Texas?

Marijuana (cannabis sativa) is illegal in Texas.

Law enforcement in El Paso continues to enforce Texas marijuana laws. Both the city of El Paso and El Paso County have programs in place to file citations for people caught with low-level marijuana possession. The tickets can carry a $500 fine.

When the reclassification occurs, the status does not change. Even with the new classification, it would still be a controlled substance.

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Is Marijuana Legal in New Mexico

Recreational marijuana became legal in New Mexico in April 2022. Since then, the cannabis industry has flourished through Sunland Park and Chaparral dispensaries.

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The Tennessean contributed to this report.