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DEA: Marijuana Still Classified as Highly Dangerous Drug, Has No Accepted Medical Use

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said Friday that medical marijuana has no accepted medical use, and should continue to be classified as a Schedule I drug. These drugs, including marijuana, heroin, Ecstasy and LSD, are considered to have a high tendency for abuse and have no accepted medical use. The Los Angeles Times reports that the DEA made the decision almost nine years after supporters of medical marijuana asked the government to reclassify the drug in light of research about its effectiveness in treating certain diseases such as multiple sclerosis and glaucoma.

According to the newspaper, the decision now allows proponents of medical marijuana to appeal to the federal courts.

In a letter published in the Federal Register, DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart wrote, “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.”

The DEA decision comes shortly after the Justice Department announced that medical marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers located in states with medical marijuana laws are not immune from prosecution for violation of federal drug and money-laundering laws. Currently the medical use of marijuana is legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia.

11 Responses to this article

  1. joe f / June 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    The more I have studied this substance the more I realize how medicinal it truly is. While most medications have a therapeutic vs toxicity level meaning that too much can hurt you, with cannibinoid based marijuana the more you smoke the more it actually helps your body eliminate abnormal cellular growths such as cancer. This means it is actually anti-toxic unlike any other medication on the planet an dis literally safer then tylenol: the more you consume the healthier you will be. I also used to believe it was only a recreational drug until I actually became educated on it. The gateway effect theory is also false. I know this from observing others smoking it over long periods of time.The only reason it would have this effect is because children are lied to and told it is as bad as the “hard drugs” and since almost everyone is exposed at some point in there life, once they see it is not truly that bad and that people are healthy and otherwise can function they question the truth on other drugs that realy are bad and the chances of them trying them are increased as a result. The truth is that the war on this medicinal substance distracts law enforcement from focusing on the real issues as the Meth and Heroin epidemic continues to plague our communities due to resources being wasted pursuing this non-issue. If people do not become educated and get there priorities straight we will lose the real war with the harder drugs that are causing real harm.

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    E. Giv / July 25, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Amber, in regards to your cooncern: Yes, there are corupt docs who will give prescriptions out like candy. But you cant single out marijuana in this case. Corrupt docs already do this for legal perscription medicines i.e. vicatin (sp?), percocet(sp?), oxy-contin, etc. i dont hear calls for these drugs to be eradicated from the planet

  3. Amber / July 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    It seems as if marijuana articles always get the most ticked off people. Out of curiosity I often wonder how many of those ticked off people support it for other non-medical reasons. One of the issues for medical marijuana is there are a lot of docs out there issuing it left and right for whoever claims to have pain. Should the biggest population of receivers of medical marijuana men in their 20′s? The jury is still out on this one for me; haven’t decided how I feel about it yet.

  4. Joe / July 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Frankly, the DEA exemplifies governmental bureaucracies at their worst. Never mind scientific study, this organization (the DEA) is going to concentrate on nest building and the suppression of knowledge to the best of its ability and to hell with what is best for the common good.

  5. Sandra, Vancouver, Canada / July 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    It’s clear that Obama’s administration, based on science, as he promised, is doing its job: still classifying marijuana as a highly dangerous drug, with a high risk of abuse, and no accepted medical use. The DEA knows where the money is, and the War on Drugs has been a real cash cow so far.

  6. Ken Wolski, RN / July 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    The federal government’s position on medical marijuana—total denial that marijuana has any medical benefits—is an embarrassment to science, to countless health care professionals and to patients nationwide. But worst of all, the federal government has blocked the path of inquiry into the benefits of medical marijuana. They refuse to allow large scale clinical testing. They have systematically and consistently prevented the kind of studies that would lead to FDA approval, and then they—and their apologists–complain that the FDA has not approved it. But science cannot be suppressed indefinitely.

    There is an entirely new scientific field emerging with the recent discovery of the Endocannabinoid System. This system details the cannabinoid receptors that exist in every organ of the human body, and explains why marijuana is effective for such a wide range of diseases, symptoms and conditions.

    It is a morally bankrupt position to forbid suffering patients to have access to the medical benefits of marijuana. This is especially true when licensed physicians are recommending marijuana for these patients, and when this safe, effective and inexpensive therapeutic agent is readily available.

  7. A. Barger / July 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    First, the DEA has no business ruling on medical efficacy. Second, there is decent research on some defined medical uses for marijuana. Third, and on the other hand, the fact that NONE of the states allowing medical marijuana use have seen fit to follow the Institute of Medicines’ guidelines for its use created a massive diversion of a medical product to recreational use. Fourth, why are we doing state referendums on medical issues?

    All of these issues mean no sensible policy is being put into place that might help suffering people with medical conditions while not endangering the general public health. There is a sensible middle-of-the-road solution here if people on both side would stop screeching and start asking for a responsible policy.

  8. Steve Westen / July 13, 2011 at 8:10 am

    It boggles my mind how they could even dare say somthing like this. Any one with the ability to read, type and use the internet can easily see how much of a lie the feds are spewing at us. Cannabis has been shown in multiple studies from all over the world that it does have medicinal benefits. The federal government even acknowledges this with thei Investigation New Drug program to which they send, at this current time as past patients have passed away, 2 people with a tin of 300 pre-rolled cigarettes a month, look it up. An hour on the internet can land you countless articles on the medicinal benefits, just go ahead and look. Type in cannabinoids + cancer, or cannabis + aids wasting syndrome, cannabis + multiple sclerosis. Its one thing if they don’t want to just jump in and legalize it, but atleast speak the truth and acknowledge that this plant does have benefits.

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    John French / July 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    It is heartwarming to see that the DEA is still maintaining its frontrunner position as the arbiter and enforcer of medicine and science in the United States. If only they could permanently silence the oppositional voices of those with advanced scientific training, and put Police Science ahead of the more staid fields of medicine and biology.

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    Bob Herried / July 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    What a load of…well you know–bureaucratic double speak. There is plenty of evidence showing that cannabis can help with chronic pain. Furthermore, once under the Federal Government, the FDA can regulate the potency cannabis. I’m concerned that now Sativex will not make it to the market because of the puritanical thinking that is our Government.

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    sugerdog / July 17, 2011 at 7:08 am

    You must be or have been in law inforcement to say something like that and to beleive this segment. And what kind of medical affect has beer or liquor have to the population , other than drunkeness and drunk driving that kills thousands a year in America.

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