As prohibition persists at the federal level, a new bill floated by a Michigan legislator asks a bold question: Can individual states deschedule cannabis at the state level? And if they do, what exactly will they accomplish?

In 2018, Michigan voters approved adult-use legalization via ballot initiative Proposal 1. Yet the initiative couldn’t cover every nuance of legalization. To help fill those gaps, Michigan Representative and Democratic Floor Leader Yousef Rabhi introduced House Bill 5877 earlier this month. In an unprecedented move, HB5877 would fully remove cannabis from Michigan’s state controlled substance list. (Yes, states typically have their own controlled substance lists in addition to the federal list.) 

Many gray areas still left…

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