Many activists and politicians have pushed the federal government to de-schedule cannabis from its current Schedule I status, meaning it's considered one of the most dangerous drugs available. But one congressman says that fight is nearly over.
Oregon Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer spoke at a cannabis event in Portland, Oregon over the weekend to discuss the coming political changes for marijuana. Blumenauer then said he believes that marijuana will be descheduled within the next five years, if not sooner.
“I made a bet that within five years, every state will be able to treat cannabis like alcohol and there will be universal access to medical marijuana,” Blumenauer said. “If we do our job, it’s game over in two years.”
He also said if Democrats take back control of the House of Representatives this November, then that time table could get moved up.
“If Democrats control the House of Representatives, in the first months of the next Congress in 2019 we will be having hearings on descheduling,” he said.
Even politicians who do not support full-on marijuana legalization have criticized marijuana's Schedule I status. Schedule I means cannabis is considered one of the most dangerous drugs available, along with heroin and meth, and that it does not have any medical benefits. To put that in perspective, cocaine is classified as a Schedule II drug meaning it's not only considered safer than marijuana but that it also has some medical benefits.
While Blumenauer's predictions are still a few years away, it's still a relatively short amount of time when you consider how long people have advocated for this change.
(h/t High Times)