The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) currently lists marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, which it defines as a drug having “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” It’s the same designation given to heroin, which is insane. Even meth is not considered a Schedule 1 drug.
This ridiculous misclassification could soon be a thing of the past. According to the Washington Post the DEA has told lawmakers that it will decide whether or not to reclassify pot “in the first half of 2016.”
Marijuana’s current classification is a major headache for researchers trying to study the drug. According to the Post, many do not even attempt to do so because of the burdensome process of obtaining pot in a manner that complies with federal regulations. Reclassifying weed would ease such regulations.
In the past the DEA has refused to budge on the Schedule 1 issue. But medical marijuana and legalization advocates are optimistic that the growing public acceptance of the drug, along with its legalization in several states, may finally turn the tide.
Source: The Washington Post