Removing pot as Schedule I drug would weaken federal laws
Currently, marijuana is listed as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has no medicinal value, dangerous health affects and a high potential for abuse and addiction. Other drugs on the Schedule I list include Heroin, Psilocybin, LSD, Mescaline, MDMA, among others, and the fact that marijuana has stayed in the same category as these powerfully addictive drugs and strong psychedelics has left many scratching their dreadlocks, asking why? Even Cocaine is listed as a Schedule II drug.
Twenty-four states (including the District of Columbia) have legalized marijuana for medicinal use and four states have legalized the drug for recreational use, other states have simply reduced the penalties for possession, but the federal government has been slow to recognize that pot isn’t dangerously addictive or without medical benefit.
But all that may change with the new Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, who has hinted towards reviewing research on pot and whether it truly deserves a slot among the Schedule I drugs. Which is huge for those in the pro-marijuana movement.
My position is that we have to see what the science tells us about the efficacy of marijuana. I think we’re going to get a lot more data on that, we have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms marijuana can be very helpful, so I think that we have to use that data to drive policy making, and I’m very interested to see where that data takes us.
The good news is, we know the data shows marijuana is very helpful for people with chronic pain issues, cancer, side effects from other medical treatments or illnesses, seizure disorders and sleep and mood issues, so the fact that the surgeon general will be looking at the benefits of marijuana will be a big step in changing federal marijuana laws in the future.
If marijuana does move down the Schedule list, it will mean doctors will then be allowed to prescribe pot to their patients though still under strict regulations. Marijuana losing it’s stigma as a drug equal to heroin will also be helpful in the legalization movement.
See the video here (Comments on medical marijuana start at 3:48):