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The Drug Enforcement Administration plans to decide whether marijuana should reclassified under federal law in “the first half of 2016,” the agency said in a letter to senators.
DEA, responding to a 2015 letter from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and seven other Democratic senators urging the federal government to facilitate research into marijuana’s medical benefits, doesn’t indicate whether it will reclassify marijuana as less dangerous.
The U.S. has five categories, or schedules, classifying drugs or chemicals that can be used to make them. Schedule I is reserved for drugs the DEA considers to have the highest potential for abuse and no “current accepted medical use.” Marijuana has been classified as Schedule I for decades, along with heroin and LSD. Rescheduling marijuana wouldn’t make it legal, but may ease restrictions on research and reduce penalties for marijuana offenses.
“DEA understands the widespread interest in the prompt resolution to these petitions and hopes to release its determination in the first half of 2016,” DEA said the 25-page letter, obtained by The Huffington Post.
The letter, signed by Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, explains in great detail the marijuana supply available at the University of Mississippi, the federal government’s only sanctioned marijuana garden.
The Food and Drug Administration has completed a review of the medical evidence surrounding the safety and effectiveness of marijuana and has forwarded its rescheduling recommendation to the DEA, according to the letter. The document didn’t reveal what the FDA recommended.
If demand for research into marijuana’s medical potential were to increase beyond the the University of Mississippi’s supply, DEA said it may consider registering additional growers.
This isn’t the first time DEA has been asked to reconsider marijuana’s classification. In 2001 and 2006, DEA considered petitions, but decided to keep marijuana a Schedule I substance.
The DEA response is signed by Rosenberg, Sylvia Burwell, secretary of HHS, and Michael Botticelli, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In addition to Warren, the letter was sent to Democratic Sens. Jeffrey Merkley (Ore.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Barbara Mikulski (Md.), Edward Markey (Mass.), Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Cory Booker (N.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.).
Those senators, with the exception of Warren, are co-sponsors of a sweeping bill introduced in 2015 designed to drastically reduce the federal government’s ability to crack down on state-legal medical marijuana programs while also encouraging more research into the substance.
Tom Angell, founder of Marijuana Majority, a marijuana reform group, said there was “absolutely no reason marijuana should remain in Schedule I.”
“Almost half the states in the country have medical cannabis laws and major groups like the American Nurses Association and the American College of Physicians are on board,” Angell said in a statement. He said the Obama administration should use its authority to make the change “before this president leaves office.”
Green Knottz Staff,
We all know how absurd it has been having cannabis as a schedule 1 drug according to the Federal Government but that time is soon coming to an end. For over 50 years we have had non-criminal good people go to prison over the simple fact that our governing party in America has not a clue of the chemical and medical attributes that the plantae: Cannabis Sativa contains. For this reason a lot of good and non-combative individuals have been locked up in cages for doing what they feel is necessary for actively treating their personal medical conditions.
The federal government has claimed cannabis to have absolutely NO medical value; when somebody blatantly states something so ridiculous and expects us to believe it – it makes all Americans not only laugh but scared that a government with so much power is really made up of children with guns passing failed reform and unnecessary and dangerous legislation that can potentially hurt millions of people. Cannabis Sativa has been around for thousands of years and exhibits positive qualities to it’s users as medicine and to some – just a recreational drug like Coffee or Ginseng in energy drinks. The failed perceptive outlook from our government has naturally found it’s way to many individuals over the past 70-80 years making cannabis the fall-lady to all who have used it and seek to use it. It is the victory of millions that have supported the fact that cannabis is not only safer than alcohol but safe as a recreational raw material for use in many ways. People should be very happy with themselves for being a part of this movement since the 40’s although not all of us are here today – the rescheduling of cannabis goes as a voice even heard in the catacombs and cemeteries.
Life has been very difficult for many serving 1-25 years in prison for just a joint or $1o worth of cannabis and it’s those that need to not only be freed but with recompense from our government. It is the imprisoned that we need to stay supportive for and work for help get them their lives back. It is a catastrophe to have allowed our government so much reckless power to destroy the innocent lives of Americans. We need to take an off-stance view against the people that do not really know whats going on and question every move and decision they make. This is a big change in the criminal legislative sector and we at Brokeringlbs are lighting up a joint here in Oregon to celebrate this great time.
Green Knottz Staff