Thursday, February 24, 2011
DEA proposes reclassifying marijuana
Right now marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug which puts it in the same class as truly dangerous drugs such as heroin, cocaine and watching Glen Beck. The DEA has proposed reclassifying it as a Schedule 3 drug.
A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) proposal to reclassify the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana as a Schedule III substance would allow pharmaceutical companies to market the drug while still penalizing common recreational use, according to marijuana law reform advocates.This means that they will still throw your ass in jail for selling it, unless your name is Merck of Pfizer.
The main psychoactive chemical in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is currently a Schedule I substance within the US Controlled Substances Act, the most restrictive schedule with the greatest criminal penalties.
In November 2010, the DEA proposed reclassifying dronabinol, a synthetic THC, as a Schedule III substance, which would place it among substances such as hydrocodone and allow it to be dispensed with a written or oral prescription. This will put marijuana on a lower level than Rush's beloved Hillbilly Heroin and also accept that it has a "currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States". That is a significant change as Sched 1 drugs have no accepted medical use. It also puts Big Pharma on the same level as Mexican drug cartels, but that is another story.
"The DEA's intent is to expand the federal government's schedule III listing to include pharmaceutical products containing naturally derived formations of THC while simultaneously maintain existing criminal prohibitions on the plant itself," Paul Armentano, the deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), wrote at AlterNet.
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