People around the nation are already expecting the possibility that the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) may review the Schedule of marijuana to one of a less dangerous nature. Currently, cannabis is considered a “Schedule I” drug, establishing it equal to heroin.
With the rapid legalization of marijuana, people are beginning to question the reasoning behind this scheduling.
The 1970 Controlled Substances Act lead to the scheduling of all drugs in 1972. Since marijuana is still not necessarily determined to be medicine, it cannot be reclassified for medical purposes. However, this statement is argued by many doctors around the world.
The American Medical Association initially opposed the idea of marijuana prohibition, considering its medical benefits. In 1944, the La Guardia Committee report from the New York Academy of Medicine was the first in a long line of official bodies to question the prohibition.
It is known that the FDA and Health and Human Services have given the DEA new rescheduling recommendations, however it is still unclear exactly what they are. There remains the possibility for a scheduling change sometime this summer.