DEA sticks with keeping marijuana on the same danger schedule as heroin
Fairfax, Virginia marijuana/drug/criminal defense lawyer pursuing the best defense since 1991
The federal government is stuck in the dark ages with marijuana, still keeping it as a Schedule I controlled substance, which is the same schedule classifying heroin, meaning no currently accepted medical use. Hogwash! At least anecdotal evidence in states where marijuana is lawful for medicinal and recreational purposes, marijuana is working wonders for people with such ailments as severe orthopedic pain, glaucoma, and epilepsy.
The Drug Enforcement Administration refuses at this time to recommend moving marijuana to Schedule II, which would allow prescribing marijuana as medicine. Although this DEA position was announced on August 11, 2016, the announcement apparently stems from a July 19, 2016, action.
The only silver lining here is that the DEA plans to authorize more facilities to grow marijuana for medical research purposes.
Legalize marijuana now.