DEA Expected To Reclassify Marijuana This Summer, Source Reveals
The DEA plans to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug on Aug. 1, 2016, stated a unnamed DEA lawyer, yesterday. The anonymous source from the DEA has been reported to have stated that the agency has made a final decision to reschedule medical cannabis from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule II. This would make medical marijuana legal with a prescription in all 50 states.
The reclassification would force Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Washington DC — which have have made cannabis legal for recreational use — to revert to prescription-only cannabis status, the DEA lawyer suggested.
“Whatever the law may be in California, Arizona or Utah or any other state, because of federal preemptionthis will have the effect of making THC products legal with a prescription, in all 50 states.”
Being an enforcement agency, the DEA follows the law, they don’t change it. If congress creates and passes legislation that reschedules any substance, the DEA would enforce the changes.
The DEA has not been working on this monumental decision alone. They have had help and recommendations from three other agencies, the FDA, NIDA and the Department of health and Human Services, on how to reschedule cannabis for medical use.
One of the main goals of the DEA’s decision is to make cannabis easier to research. Sources suggest the DEA is considering rescheduling at least some of the canabinoids, Like CBD, for the sake of research.
Other cannabinoids, like THC, the main psychedelic cannabinoid in the marijuana plant, will require more careful consideration by the DEA. Signs point to the idea that they will have a very structured approach to the decision. Potentially only rescheduling some of the cannabinoids of this very complex plant.
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