US won’t legalise cannabis nationally

By August 13, 2016 Recent News

NewsHub 12 August 2016
Family First Comment: Good decision.
“(The Department of Health and Human Services) concluded that marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no accepted medical use in the United States, and lacks an acceptable level of safety for use even under medical supervision.”

The US Drug Enforcement Administration has denied requests to stop classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use, leaving users and businesses in limbo after many states have legalised it for medical or recreational purposes.

The DEA did relax certain restrictions on growing marijuana for research purposes.

For decades, cannabis has been listed as a ‘Schedule I’ drug, placing it on a par with heroin. The government has repeatedly rejected appeals for reclassification.

“Marijuana shouldn’t be listed as Schedule I,” US Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon, said in a statement. He said the decision left “patients and marijuana businesses trapped between state and federal laws.”

Twenty-five states have sanctioned some forms of marijuana use for medical purposes. Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Colorado and the District of Columbia now allow recreational use for adults, while California and eight other states have recreational or medical marijuana proposals headed for their 2016 ballots.

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