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DEA Says Marijuana Will Remain Illegal at the Federal Level

by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:

Many hoped that the Obama administration would reschedule marijuana from a Schedule I substance to a Schedule II substance this year, but no such luck. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) also announced on August 11 that marijuana would remain illegal under federal law. Other Schedule I substances include heroin, LSD, peyote, ecstasy, quaaludes, and bath salts, among others. [1]

In a notice posted in the Federal Register, the DEA said that it consulted with the Health and Human Services Department and to reach its conclusion. The decision means that marijuana is still considered by the federal government to have “no accepted medical use in the United States.”

The decision comes on the heels of 2 recent petitions asking the agency to reconsider the designation for the benefit of scientific research. In that regard, the DEA offered a tiny olive branch, saying it would try to make cannabis more accessible to researchers. [2]

The DEA’s statement reads, in part:

“The DEA and the FDA continue to believe that scientifically valid and well-controlled clinical trials conducted under investigational new drug (IND) applications are the most appropriate way to conduct research on the medicinal uses of marijuana.”

The DEA said the evaluation showed that marijuana has no “currently accepted medical use” because “the drug’s chemistry is not known and reproducible; there are no adequate safety studies; there are no adequate and well-controlled studies proving efficacy; the drug is not accepted by qualified experts; and the scientific evidence is not widely available.”

Other negative findings included:

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