DEA Keeps Marijuana as a Schedule I Drug


August 11, 2016 (WASHINGTON) The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that they will keep marijuana as a schedule I drug. ,eating it will continue to be heavily restricted. According to the DEA Health and Human Services did review material and at present found the following.

  • Marijuana has a high potential for abuse. The HHS evaluation and the additional data gathered by the DEA show that marijuana has a high potential for abuse.
  •  Marijuana has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Based on the established five-part test for making such determination, marijuana has no “currently accepted medical use” because: As detailed in the HHS evaluation, 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.
  •  Marijuana has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Based on the established five-part test for making such determination, marijuana has no “currently accepted medical use” because: As detailed in the HHS evaluation, 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.

This means the drug will continue to be a schedule I drug under  “the statutory mandate of Title 21 United States Code, Section 812(b) (21 U.S.C. § 812(b)) is dispositive. Congress established only one schedule, Schedule I, for drugs of abuse with “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States” and “lack of accepted safety for use . . . under medical supervision.” 21 U.S.C. § 812(b).”

Activists were hoping for a change in this, and an easing in policy. Time will tell. As more states legalize the use of the drug, if this regulatory standard will follow the path of prohibition.

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