Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, but what does that really mean for legalization?
4TT’s Briley Hale takes a look at what the next president will need to do to get marijuana off the same list as heroin.
It doesn’t matter if you like the Donald or Bernie, Carson or Clinton, or any candidate in between – they’re all a bunch of no-good, self-serving, truth-evading asshats.
So, when Hillary Clinton told a crowd in South Carolina last week that she was not ready to support marijuana legalization, but she wanted weed reduced from a Schedule 1 to a Schedule 2 substance, we should probably take it with a pinch of salt.
But, what does a change of Schedule even mean?
Currently, according to the DEA (that’s the Drug Enforcement Agency) marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug because, they claim, it has a high potential for abuse, and has no legitimate medical use – making legal research into medical marijuana virtually impossible.
Other substances in this category include Heroin, MDMA and LSD.
Well, whether you agree with the DEA’s assessment or not, this makes for a bit of a Catch 22 situation.
Yeah I know, but stay with me – to study weed for medicinal use, and to get approval for what is called an “Investigation of a New Drug” (or IND) from the FDA, that’s the Food and Drug Administration, researchers first have to get a license from the DEA to do the research.
And, even better, the only legal source of research-grade marijuana is grown at the University of Mississippi on behalf of the NIDA (the National Institute on Drug Abuse) whose job, according to the United States Congress, is to research the harmful effects of drugs.
So, that’s a clear conflict of interest, right?
That aside, what about the medical research that has already been done by doctors and scientists – doesn’t that count for something?
Well, the short answer is, no.
The long answer is, as long as weed is a Schedule 1 substance, for marijuana to be a medicine that doctors are not only able to “recommend” but actually prescribe, it has to jump through all the legal hoops.
Meaning, the DEA gave a license to study research-grade marijuana obtained from the NIDA for the purpose of an IND approved by the FDA.
Results from research carried out any other way are kinda like a cop presenting evidence in court that was obtained illegally. And, that’s no Bueno.
So, if we really care about medical marijuana and not just about getting high, we need to support a candidate who understands the complexity and political reality of making marijuana a Schedule 2 substance.
What do you guys think, is Hillary the best person to get the job done? Would another candidate be better? Comment below and let us know.