Although half of the country has legalized medical marijuana, and recreational marijuana is legal in the nation’s capital, up until now the DEA announced this morning that they are refusing to reschedule cannabis from a Schedule I substance. For those of you who don’t know what that means, it puts marijuana in the same category as methamphetamine and heroin. Substances that fall under the Schedule I category have been determined by the Food and Drug Administration to have no medical value, which means that states in which medical marijuana is legal will remain in defiance of federal law.
This decision will ensure that marijuana will remain illegal at the federal level, regardless of the purpose. The official announcement will be published Friday in the Federal Registrar. While the DEA currently only authorizes one grow facility in Mississippi, this announcement does relax the rules a bit regarding grows for marijuana research and scientific study.
According to USA Today, “In reaching its conclusion, the DEA says that a Health and Human Services evaluation shows that marijuana has no ‘’currently accepted medical use’’ because ‘the drug’s chemistry is not known and reproducible; there are no adequate safety studies; there are no adequate and well-controlled studies proving efficacy; the drug is not accepted by qualified experts; and the scientific evidence is not widely available.'”
“At this time,” the DEA concludes, “the known risks of marijuana use have not been shown to be outweighed by specific benefits in well-controlled clinical trials that scientifically evaluate safety and efficacy.”
This comes as a huge blow to legalization activists and medical marijuana patients everywhere, and doesn’t bode well for the 8 states with marijuana on the ballot for November’s election, including Arizona, California, Massachusettes, Maine, and Nevada who are considering recreational legalization. Stoned Girls will continue to keep you updated on this, and all legalization updates.