DEA Asks FDA To Consider Rescheduling Marijuana From Schedule I Drug List

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I can’t believe we’re still having a “debate” on the topic of marijuana legalization. It’s ridiculous that I can wander into a drug store and grab sackfuls of addictive, dangerous mind-altering substances with impunity, but procuring a piece of a plant comes with the risk of prosecution. Anyway, now that congress is moving to defund the DEA, it looks like they’re going to be forced to back off on harassing medical clinics and pot-legal states.

After a historic House vote to defund the DEA’s operating budget for marijuana enforcement in the states earlier in the month passed (with a similar one now in the Senate), the government agency has now asked the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider removing marijuana from the list of Schedule I drugs as defined by the Controlled Substances Act .

This classification is, most reform advocates say, a major step forward to reform required at this juncture. It is, however, just the first step of many that still lie ahead for marijuana just on a legal and policy level to allow broader medical and continued encouragement for commercial development across the country.

“It is a good sign that the DEA is starting to walk back its policy of interfering with marijuana research and rescheduling,” said Morgan Fox of the Marijuana Policy Project, a drug reform focused group. “Unfortunately, this is a very tiny step.”

Just interdepartmental wrangling could take months, despite an abundance of readily available studies and other evidence. In addition, as many in the national medical movement know, Israel has led the world in cannabinoid research for close to the last decade . Such research is not possible in the U.S. now because of marijuana’s Schedule I classification.

That said, as marijuana is rapidly turning into the medical story of the year, it is doubtful that the issue will stall for long. Ultimately in a departmental overview such as this, which is highly politicized, impetus comes from the White House.

via DEA Asks FDA To Consider Rescheduling Marijuana From Schedule I Drug | Business News.

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  • Forbidden Fruit

    The idea of banning a plant–ANY plant–while allowing powerful, addictive (patented) synthetic drugs to permeate the country is asinine. We should follow the Netherlands lead and legalize all plant drugs full stop: khat, marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, peyote, opium poppies and coca. It’s a good starting place at least.

    Free the weedz!

    • BuzzCoastin

      uh, the same drugs that are illegal in Duh Homeland
      are illegal in Holland & Portugal
      but those kunteries have decriminalized personal possesion of small amounts
      butt thanks to Uncle Homeland
      it’s a little more restricted in the Neatherlands than before

      • Adam’s Shadow

        The restrictions in the Netherlands are mostly for “drug tourists” or people from outside the country coming just to get high (usually Americans); marijuana consumption is still socially acceptable there, and most of the Dutch grow their own anyway.

        • BuzzCoastin

          most Dutch you know grow their own
          but my experience there has led me to conclude
          that most Dutch are indifferent to pot
          because decriminalization took away
          the thrill of subverting the law

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  • Todd Stuart Barnes

    In 1989, a buddy of mine and I met (The late) Jack Herer and the fellas from High Times in Ann Arbor Michigan. Jack told us then how he was incredulous that he’d spent twenty years lobbying for the cause. Well, that was twenty five years ago and I’m just as incredulous that I’ve been having the same conversation now for a quarter of a century.

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  • Craig Bickford

    It’s almost clear now that this is one big controlled opposition operation and may have been since the beginning. Freeman Burt went over weed laws in a Gnostic Media interview, both domestic and international, and the regulatory phrasing and names used, and the whole frame work is such a shit show that none of the pot laws make sense. First off it isn’t a manufactured ‘substance’ which is a legal definition and status for a modified natural product that is now into the realm of commercial law. Then the UN regulatory structure contradicts that on a number of points. Thye should really be challenged in a supreme court case (but that’s a joke of course for the ambulance chasers we have on the bench), and be dismantled if for nothing else the sheer idiocy by which they were constructed. Anything, that is not processed should never fall under commercial regulatory structure or law. That would include everything wild, and all your schedule one plants and vegetables. Another huge neglected aspect to the whole GMO debate is in the same arena as this debate. One reason why the big GMO corps like Monsanto are so hot to patent and supplant normal food with GMO into the food chain, I think of it like any genocidal or adverse health issues are almost secondary to the outrageous monopoly power and total control over the food market that GMO will allow for in a legal system, as well as making non GMO illegal there by ratcheting up a food as weapons aspect to all manner of domestic and foreign policy. It’s all madness and it all relies on the fallacy of authority for it too work. Recognize that government is a figment of our imaginations and a belief system and this ass fuckery goes away eventually.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    it’s all about preserving the hegemony of the drug/antidrug bizmesses
    large legal & illegal corporations generate billions for elite interests
    hence there’s too much fake money involved for this to just end
    all the stake holders must get their vigorish

  • InfvoCuernos

    I hear all the shouts that marijuana prohibition is sponsored by big pharma, but its really a more complex situation. Big pharma really didn’t start cranking out happy pills until the sixties, and prescription abuse wasn’t the epidemic it is today until the late nineties. If big pharma really was behind it, they could just as easily paid up to legalize and tightly regulate medicinal mj and corner the market on this obviously popular drug and make a fortune. It isn’t just big pharma, its the government itself-specifically the CIA- making shit tons of loot on running it into the US themselves and using the profits for more crooked shit that doesn’t have to pass through congressional approval. The government is into drug running and it doesn’t like the competition. It would probably completely outlaw opioid painmeds if it weren’t for the little fact that they have an actual medicinal use. If we were in Iraq for oil, we are also in Afghanistan for drugs. I keep thinking about how Obama laughed and said “its never gonna happen” when asked about legalizing marijuana. I wonder how much of our government is actually funded by the drug trade.

    • Number1Framer

      I’m sure the pharma corps mulled that idea over at one time or several others. Unfortunately, it’s much easier for the average joe with a spare patio deck or tin foil wrapped closet to grow medicine than it is to produce accurately dosed oxycontin at home. Cornering the market would never work unless they could first produce an addictive, seedless brand.

      • InfvoCuernos

        See the replies above for examples of how big pharma can make things more addictive. They could, it just wouldn’t be cost effective. As far as the average joe grower is concerned, they can’t stop him now, its just a question of getting clearance from the government.

        • Number1Framer

          And their lobbyists always seem to be the final gatekeepers.

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      You might be shocked by the kinds of pharma abuse of prescription and otc drugs that took place even half a century ago. Pill popping as a solution to stress, boredom, hysteria or damn near anything has been with us since the industry got rolling.

      • emperorreagan

        Yeah, there’s the famous example of Bayer introducing heroin as a “less addictive” opiate to replace morphine around 1900.

        • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

          OTC cocaine…oh the good ol days!

          And then there’s the seemingly perfect 50s…and the prescriptions for housewives suffering from stress. The Stones didn’t write “Mother’s Little Helper” about nothing at all.

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Baby step it may be…but at least for once its in the right direction…and in this case, uniquely coming from within…rather than having to be pounded onto them from without. Thats refreshing.

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  • Damian Caligula

    It’s not enough. The dea should be completely defunded, destroyed, and those criminals should all be in prison. All of them.

  • esaucarin93

    At least move it to schedule 5 so the state legislatures can decide for themselves. This is still a republic after all.

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