Federal Court to FINALLY Review Marijuana Schedule 1 Classification Today! You know how MARIJUANA is considered a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act meaning it has no medical use and has a high potential for abuse? Well beginning tomorrow, hopefully that shit’ll change. For the first time in 20 years a United States Court of Appeals is set to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit, Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration, challenging the federal government’s classification.
“Medical marijuana patients are finally getting their day in court,” said Joe Elford, Chief Counsel with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), who will be arguing the case before the D.C. Circuit. “What’s at stake in this case is nothing less than our country’s scientific integrity and the imminent needs of millions of patients.”
As it stands now marijuana is lumped in with drugs like heroin, ecstasy and LSD. Being a Schedule I drug makes it tough to do any legal medical testing on weed since it can only be done with a permit from the federal government who historically HATES to kick them down. Currently, PCP, Meth and Cocaine are classified as Schedule II narcotics, meaning that somehow they are less addictive and have more medical value than cannabis. Moving weed down to this notch might allow for more medical testing.
A couple years back, the American Medical Association, the largest group of doctors in the USA, reversed its position on marijuana and encouraged the Feds to reclassify it. The American College of Physicians, the second-largest physician group, also expressed similar support for increased research and reconsideration of medical marijuana. And, the California Medical Association also passed its own resolutions a few years back that called the criminalization of marijuana a “failed public health policy”. And last year, even congress asked for the reclassification of WEED!
What’s funny, though, actually it’s not funny at all…it’s FUCKING FRUSTRATING…is the federal government ALREADY DOES recognize weed’s medical value. Since 1982, under their ‘Compassionate Use Protocol’ program, the Federal Government has been distributing medical marijuana to patients, “deemed medically worthy to receive it,” like our friend Irv Rosenfeld (watch the vid below), for the past couple decades.
Anyhow, stay tuned for this historic case, we’ll keep ya covered.
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