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DEA Rejects Attempt To Loosen Federal Restrictions On Marijuana



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The DEA has rejected an attempt to declassify marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug on the basis that it holds no medicinal value, and high potential for abuse. Despite being recreationally legal in 4 states and the District of Columbia, as well as having medical programs currently in place (in some form) in 25 states.

This means, that from a federal perspective marijuana still poses a greater threat to society than cocaine which maintains a Schedule 2 status.

Does marijuana truly have no medicinal value? Or is this a war being waged by big business pharmaceuticals to prevent marijuana from entering the medical marketplace?

This article originally appeared on NPR

The Obama administration has denied a bid by two Democratic governors to reconsider how it treats marijuana under federal drug control laws, keeping the drug for now, at least, in the most restrictive category for U.S. law enforcement purposes.

Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg says the decision is rooted in science. Rosenberg gave "enormous weight" to conclusions by the Food and Drug Administration that marijuana has "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States," and by some measures, it remains highly vulnerable to abuse as the most commonly used illicit drug across the nation.

"This decision isn't based on danger. This decision is based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA, is a safe and effective medicine," he said, "and it's not."

Marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, alongside heroin and LSD, while other, highly addictive substances including oxycodone and methamphetamine are regulated differently under Schedule II of the law. But marijuana's designation has nothing to do with danger, Rosenberg said.

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