The Obama administration has taken a big step toward legalizing recreational cannabis and is trying to develop a plan to address some of the challenges facing the drug industry.
The White House is holding a meeting in Washington this week on marijuana policy, and President Obama is expected to issue a proclamation on Wednesday that will formally legalize recreational cannabis.
The administration is also considering making the drug a Schedule I drug, making it illegal to produce, possess, distribute, transport, sell or import the drug.
But the administration is not expected to make a final decision until the end of this year, so the administration will likely not release a final rule on marijuana until later this year.
The president has already issued a series of executive orders on marijuana, including one that allows the use of cannabis as medicine for conditions like epilepsy, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis.
The drug is still illegal under federal law, and its use is still classified as a schedule I drug.
Obama’s actions to legalize recreational pot come as Congress has debated and rejected federal cannabis legislation.
The DEA and the Justice Department both said they are preparing to bring marijuana back to the U.S. under federal control.
That has been opposed by Republicans in Congress who argue that marijuana is not as safe as it once was, and it would allow the drug to slip back into the hands of criminal cartels.
Obama is also planning to send a federal task force to Colombia to try to reduce violence there, as well as expand the availability of marijuana to medical users in other countries, such as Mexico.
The cannabis issue is the top issue for the president’s re-election campaign, and his supporters say they want to keep marijuana in the hands to patients.