In November, eight states will be deciding on just how they’re going to treat marijuana. Some states are offering up the option of decriminalizing the drug (like California, giving it another shot), while others are considering legalizing it for medical purposes. However, the most powerful entity in the land continues to look down on legal marijuana, and they’re the agency that really matters. The Drug Enforcement Agency has decided that marijuana should stay illegal.
Marijuana was a Category 1 drug, meaning that according to the Controlled Substances Act, pot is as dangerous as cocaine or heroin and has no medical benefit. Of course, that isn’t the case in a lot of states, who have medical marijuana programs, but the government still reserves the right to come down hard on these states and throw people in jail over a little of the sweet leaf. However, the DEA has made it easier for researchers to grow their own pot for experimentation purposes. No, not that kind of experimentation, the science kind.
“There is no evidence that there is a consensus among qualified experts that marijuana is safe and effective for use in treating a specific, recognized disorder,” says the DEA’s report. “At this time, the known risks of marijuana use have not been shown to be outweighed by specific benefits in well-controlled clinical trials that scientifically evaluate safety and efficacy.”
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