Nine years ago, supporters of medical marijuana asked the federal government to reclassify cannabis, which was listed as a Schedule I drug, the most restricted category of drug under the Controlled Substances Act in 1970. The petition asked the the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to take into account research showing marijuana's medical uses, which have been recognized in various states and the capital. For years, no final decision was reached, the Los Angeles Times reports. Two months ago, advocates asked the U.S. Court of Appeals to force the Obama administration to respond to their petition. Finally, in a decision published Friday, the DEA denied the request, ruling that marijuana has no accepted medical use and should remain classified as a highly dangerous drug like heroin.
DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart wrote that she rejected the request because marijuana, like other Schedule I drugs, 'has a high potential for abuse,' 'has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States,' and 'lacks accepted safety for use under medical supervision.' She wrote that 'At this time, 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.'
Alrighty then. Good to know. I'll revise every single thing I currently already know to be true about the topic accordingly.
[Thanks, Sam Hell!]
From www.theatlanticwire.com. Posted by Scotto."