Marijuana advocates and drug warriors are on pins and needles.
A Drug Enforcement Agency memo indicates that the federal government may be ready to change course on marijuana after 44 years of strict prohibition.
As reported by The Washington Post…
In a lengthy memo to lawmakers, the Drug Enforcement Administration said it hopes to decide whether to change the federal status of marijuana “in the first half of 2016.”
Marijuana is currently listed under the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning that for the purposes of federal law, the drug has “no medical use and a high potential for abuse” and is one of “the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.”
The Post goes on to point out that…
First set in 1970, marijuana’s classification under the Controlled Substances Act has become increasingly out of step with scientific research, public opinion, medical use and state law. Citing marijuana’s potentially significant therapeutic potential for a number of serious ailments, including chronic pain and epilepsy, organizations such as the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have called on the DEA to change the drug’s scheduling status.
Reclassification is the first necessary step to normalize the national marijuana market, permit banking services, allow doctors to prescribe it as medicine and give researchers uninhibited access to the quantities needed to conduct significant studies on the drug’s potential and its consequences.
Source: Washington Post