Earlier this year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug with cannabidiol (CBD) in it for the first time ever. But it turns out the FDA thinks they should go a lot further than that.

A newly released memo from the FDA shows that the agency believes that CBD should not be included in the federal government's list of controlled substances. The FDA wrote to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) that CBD does not match the criteria that puts drugs on the list of controlled substances and that it should be removed from it.

“CBD and its salts… do not have a significant potential for abuse and could be removed from the [Controlled Substances Act],” the FDA wrote.

The DEA says they cannot remove CBD from its list of controlled substances because the United States of America is a signatory on international treaties saying that they will keep it illegal. However, the DEA did relent with Epidiolex, the cannabis-based drug approved by the FDA, and reclassified it as a Schedule V controlled substance, the least harsh classification possible.

So basically the FDA is acknowledging that the CBD in marijuana has medical benefits, and the DEA is basically saying they can't do anything about it because the government signed some treaties in the 1960's making it illegal.

That seems like a great reason to continue keeping marijuana illegal.

(h/t Marijuana Moment)