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What this means for the United States

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – As previously reported on WISH-TV, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will take steps to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug. Reclassification would mark a historic shift in generations of U.S. drug policy that could have major consequences for the entire country.

Brent Griffiths, senior political reporter at Business Insider, stopped by the WISH-TV studio to discuss the topic with News 8 Daybreak’s Jeremy Jenkins

Reclassification and legalized recreational use

Griffiths says the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s decision to reclassify the drug doesn’t change anything, at least for now.

“What this really means is that instead of treating marijuana like heroin, it will be treated more like ketamine and some anabolic steroids,” Griffiths said.

Scientific research into cannabis

Griffiths estimated that this move will create more opportunities for scientific research into cannabis, specifically how it can treat conditions such as post-traumatic stress.

“There have been a lot of efforts in the field of medical marijuana to help people who want to help veterans and people who are dealing with these types of conditions.” said Griffiths.

Marijuana vendors and sellers

Griffiths says redistricting could make things a little easier for them, but they still need more help. Most recently, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced the cannabis banking bill.

“He’s trying to let this slide for a while now to make it easier to access the financial system for people in the cannabis industry,” Griffiths said.

For more information, watch the interview in the video above.