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Pot is Medicine for 25 States, Then Why Not for Dea?
The U.S. administration once again disapproved the use of marijuana for medical purposes in
August 2016 because the drug still lacks scientific evidence to prove its efficacy. "Right now, the
science doesn't support it," said Chuck Rosenberg, acting administrator of the DEA, in an
interview. The move keeps the federal government at loggerheads with 25 states and the District
of Columbia, which already have laws legalizing medical marijuana.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has rejected the petitioners’ requests to exclude
marijuana from “Schedule I,” which classifies it as a drug with “no currently accepted medical
use” and prohibits doctors from prescribing it. Amid a growing uproar to legalize it for treating a
variety of conditions, the DEA has strongly rejected its usage as an approved medical therapy
that can be prescribed by doctors.
Citing the DEA’s stand
as hypocritical, several
marijuana would be
Schedule II drug or
lower, especially to
allow more research
into its medicinal value.
The DEA, however,
stated it would resolve
the issue by permitting
more federally legal pot
growers to allow more
research into the drug,
Schedule I Vs Schedule II – Does it matter?
A higher or harsher classification doesn’t signify that marijuana is more dangerous than cocaine
or meth, or is on par with heroin. It simply recognizes the fact that marijuana, like other Schedule
I drugs, is perceived by the federal government to have a high potential for abuse and has
absolutely no medicinal value. Whereas, Schedule II drugs, like cocaine, inspite of displaying high
potential for abuse, are also known to have some limited, yet acknowledged, medicinal value.
Further, it is only when a certain drug descends to Schedules III, IV, and V that it is deemed to
have a lower potential for abuse. However, these classifications also require that a drug has some
acknowledged medicinal value. Nevertheless, the fact remains that pot has failed the test to
show it has any medicinal value as per the DEA’s standards.
What the marijuana advocates say?
Many feel marijuana is one of the least addictive mind-altering drugs. It has been argued as an
effective remedy for chronic pain. Moreover, the fact that Americans are routinely prescribed
powerful painkillers that cause tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the country each year
also establishes the use of medical marijuana as a life-saving drug.
As per marijuana advocates, classifying marijuana as Schedule I drug remains an outdated, failed
approach which renders patients and marijuana businesses trapped between state and federal
laws. As a result, hundreds of patients suffering from chronic pains and seizures move to states
where medical and recreational marijuana is legal.
Several states have acknowledged its therapeutic benefits, saying that pot also holds the
potential to make healthcare cheaper by relaxing the opioid crisis, which is the outcome of a high
dependency on Schedule II drugs.
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