Marijuana is currently classified under schedule 1 drugs, per the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This means officials feel marijuana is in the same category as heroin, LSD, and ecstasy.
Schedule 1 Drugs
Although Hillary Clinton does not support the legalization of marijuana, she does support the reclassification of marijuana, because she believes it will encourage more studies and research, as reported by NPR.
“A lot more states have passed medical marijuana than have legalized marijuana, so we’ve got two different experiences or even experiments going on right now,” Clinton stated. “The problem with medical marijuana is that there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence about how well it works for certain conditions, but we haven’t done any research.”
According to the DEA, Schedule 1 drugs have “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” If marijuana was reclassified as a schedule 2 drug. It would actually allow for more legal testing and research studies.
Since marijuana is being used for medical purposes, it only makes sense at this point to re-classify it. Without further research and studies of long-term and short-term use of marijuana, we may never know fully how this drug can affect the human body.
Decriminalization of Marijuana
Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator, Bernie Sanders, recently filed a Bill in the U.S. Senate that would give states the option to decide if they want to legalize marijuana for recreational use or not. This bill would also have the power to decriminalize marijuana at a federal level.
Sanders responded to Clinton’s proposal in a press release, saying. “I am glad to see Secretary Clinton is beginning to address an issue that my legislation addressed. But her approach ignored the major issue. Secretary Clinton would classify marijuana in the same category as cocaine and continue to make marijuana a federally regulated substance.”
Since there are so many states legalizing marijuana for various uses. It only makes sense to be able to research and study the effects marijuana. And how it can have on the body as it relates to long-term and short-term use. Without further studies, we may never know how marijuana may really be affecting its users and ultimately putting their lives in danger.
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