Attorney Bill Panzer was asked, “Can the President reschedule marijuana?” He advised:
The Attorney General has the authority to set the schedules. That authority has been delegated to the DEA It would seem that Biden could appoint an Attorney General who could then re-assume the authority and act accordingly.
The Relevant Statute: 21 U.S.C §811:
The Attorney General shall apply the provisions of this subchapter to the controlled substances listed in the schedules established by section 812 of this title and to any other drug or other substance added to such schedules under this subchapter. Except as provided in subsections (d) and (e), the Attorney General may by rule
(1) add to such a schedule or transfer between such schedules any drug or other substance if he (sic)
(A) finds that such drug or other substance has a potential for abuse, and
(B) makes with respect to such drug or other substance the findings prescribed by subsection (b) of section 812 of this title for the schedule in which such drug is to be placed; or
(2) remove any drug or other substance from the schedules if he finds that the drug or other substance does not meet the requirements for inclusion in any schedule. Rules of the Attorney General under this subsection shall be made on the record after opportunity for a hearing pursuant to the rulemaking procedures prescribed by subchapter II of chapter 5 of title 5. Proceedings for the issuance, amendment, or repeal of such rules may be initiated by the Attorney General (1) on his own motion, (2) at the request of the Secretary, or (3) on the petition of any interested party.