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Rescheduling marijuana is essential says Fairfax criminal lawyer

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Rescheduling marijuana is essential says Fairfax criminal lawyer

Rescheduling marijuana is essential says Fairfax criminal lawyer

Rescheduling marijuana is essential, says Fairfax criminal lawyer

Rescheduling marijuana away from being a Schedule I or even Schedule II drug, federally, is essential. A federal Schedule I controlled substance is a dangerous drug that has no recognized medicinal benefits; that is how marijuana currently is scheduled in federal law. A Schedule II drug is one that has recognized medicinal benefits, but is classified as very dangerous.

Rescheduling of hash oil is essential in Virginia

As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I am delighted that non-hash oil marijuana is unclassified and is treated less harshly for criminal penalties than cocaine, heroin, LSD and other more harmful drugs. I urge that Virginia end its classification of hash oil as a Schedule I drug, and simply treat it as non-hash oil marijuana for penalty purposes.

Changing marijuana’s scheduling has been recommended by WHO and might finally be on the horizon federally

The World Health Organization recently recommended rescheduling marijuana. Following that recommendation, the United States Food and Drug Administration solicited public comments through March 14, 2019, about whether to reschedule marijuana from Schedule I. The FDA’s solicitation specifically invites the public to “submit comments about the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations to impose international manufacturing and distributing restrictions, under international treaties, on certain drug substances. The comments received in response to this notice will be considered in preparing the United States’ position on these proposals for a meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, Austria, March 18-22, 2019. ”

As a Fairfax criminal attorney, I look forward to the day when marijuana is fully legalized, regulated and taxed.

Fairfax criminal lawyer Jonathan L. Katz has successfully defended hundreds of people prosecuted for drug felony and misdemeanor cases, as well as for other criminal and DUI cases. To discuss your case with Jon Katz, please call his staff at 703-383-1100 to schedule a confidential consultation.


  1. john iorio on March 18, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Cannabis should have never been classified at all…they will have to reschedule because alot of the states sell legal medical pot products.
    I don’t get how weed can be both scheduled as harmful, and legal at the state level. What a ball of confusion at the federall level.!
    Is liquor classified? Booze is far more harmful than cannabis, or the psychedics. I have seen more deaths and harm from alcohol, than marijuana ever caused.r. In fac, t I have never heard of a death, or o.d. from marijuana. Who are these hypocrites who make up these ridiculous statutes?? Its a crime to allow idiots like these to be in control of the law- making process. A worse crime than any drug law out there.

    • Jon Katz on March 20, 2019 at 8:52 pm

      Hi, John- Yes, the federal Schedule 1 classification of marijuana is nuts. That needs changing pronto.