Health care professionals and advocates have called for loosening of the Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) classification of marijuana to allow for further research into its medicinal uses. They can now add Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to the list of allies. During a recent town hall appearance, Clinton stated her support for the policy change.
What I do want is for us to support research into medical marijuana because a lot more states have passed medical marijuana than have legalized marijuana, so we’ve got two different experiences or even experiments going on right now. And the problem with medical marijuana is there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence about how well it works for certain conditions, but we haven’t done any research. Why? Because it’s considered what’s called a Schedule I drug and you can’t even do research in it.
Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug, which is the most danger classification in the Controlled Substance Act. Schedule I drugs are considered to have “no currently accepted medical use.” Believe it or not, marijuana is lumped in this classification with heroin, ecstasy and LSD. Clinton’s proposal is to reclassify marijuana into the Schedule II list, which includes Adderall, Oxycontin, cocaine and meth. Schedule II drugs are considered to have “less abuse potential” and are available to researchers.
Cocaine and meth are currently classified as having more medicinal use than marijuana?
Clinton, who has previously stated that she is against legalizing marijuana, now supports the medicinal use of the substance for a variety of conditions yet to be determined by researchers. In addition, she also advocates for criminal justice system reform which currently jails low-level drug offenders.
During last month’s Democratic presidential debate, she stated,
We have got to stop imprisoning people who use marijuana.
Currently 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal marijuana, and four states allow recreational use.
Maybe if medical research is allowed by the FDA, more benefits to the substance will be discovered, and public perception will change to the point that both recreational and medical use will spread nationwide. We can only hope.
Let’s watch Hillary Clinton share her stance on marijuana during the last debate:
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