The DEA is blowing smoke up our assess, in my view.
It has finished its investigation into whether to reclassify marijuana out of Class I category and ruled against doing so. Marijuana will remain classified as one of the most dangerous drugs with no medical use.
So...marijuana remains in the same classification as heroin and LSD, which are deemed more harmful than alcohol, tobacco, opium, cocaine, and morphine.
Such bullshit -- there's definitely medical use for marijuana. And, in my opinion, it's a million times less dangerous than prescribing addictive pharmaceuticals which, as of last year, led to more overdose deaths than drunk driving deaths annually.
'People can argue about the pluses and minuses of marijuana, but everyone knows it's not a killer drug like heroin,' Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted after the news emerged on Thursday.
The US government has poured millions into researching the drug, and a number of papers have concluded that CBD - an active ingredient in marijuana - can aid treatment of ailments from anxiety to cancer.
But that momentum has been stunted by the DEA's conclusion, which cites scientific evidence purportedly showing no real medical value.
The DEA said it plans to make it easier for researchers to study marijuana's possible medical benefits by expanding the number of entities that can legally grow marijuana for research purposes. Currently only researchers at the University of Missouri are allowed to grow marijuana, as part of a contract with the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
I'm all for more government research, but there's already tons of medical and scientific research which justifies legalizing medicinal marijuana and millions of American have first-hand experience proving so. Even if the DEA and government don't want to legalize or decriminalize marijuana for recreational use, medicinal marijuana should be legalized federally, in my opinion.
I think that having the DEA investigate and make the ruling is a conflict of interest -- lowering the classification could be viewed by the DEA as a 'slippery slope" which would lead to the federal legalization of medicinal weed and possible federal legalization (or at least decriminalization) of recreational weed, thereby reducing the charter of the DEA and reducing the occupancy at for-profit private prisons.