Marijuana Remains a Top Outlaw Drug Under U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Ruling Today
A nine-year effort to get the government to reclassify marijuana as a drug with at least some legitimate uses ended in a FAIL today after the DEA just said no.
Pro-pot forces, however, say they'll appeal the decision to the U.S. Circuit Court in Washington.
As it stands, cannabis is still a top-level "Schedule 1" federal outlaw drug -- considered more illicit than even cocaine, which has some legit medical uses. Weed advocates were trying to get Washington to realize what we know here in Cali:
That pot has at least some medicinal uses.
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But the 9-year-old petition for reclassification by the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis, including a recent lawsuit that prompted the DEA to get off its ass on this, was denied by the agency today.
The drug agency states that ...
... marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no accepted medical use in the United States, and lacks an acceptable level of safety for use even under medical supervision.
The pro-pot troops, including Joe Elford, chief counsel of Americans for Safe Access, still have high hopes that the government will overcome is cannaphobia.
Although this superficially looks like a defeat for the medical marijuana community. It simply maintains the status quo. More importantly, however, we have foiled the government's strategy of delay and we can now go head-to-head on the merits, that marijuana really does have therapeutic value.
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