U.S. Federal Government Wants Your Opinion on Reclassifying Marijuana

Many people criticize the federal government for classifying marijuana as a Schedule I substance, meaning it's considered more dangerous than heroin, cocaine or meth. But now the government wants to hear your thoughts about marijuana's classification.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently examining whether the global community should lower marijuana's drug classification. As a Schedule I narcotic, countries who enter into international drug treaties are highly encouraged not to legalize cannabis, but WHO is debating whether that should no longer be the case.

As a result, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking "interested persons" to submit their comments or thoughts on the issue. The FDA and federal government will then take those public comments into consideration as it prepares to develop its stance towards WHO's reclassification debate.

Of course, there are probably very few people (besides Jeff Sessions) who think marijuana deserves to be a Schedule I substance. Even people who don't support marijuana legalization acknowledge that cannabis is much safer than every other drug, so the idea that it's treated like the most dangerous narcotic on the market is ridiculous.

Perhaps unbelievably, the FDA noted in their release about accepting public comments that the federal government has not once formally reviewed marijuana's Schedule I status since it was first placed in that category in 1961.

The FDA will begin accepting comments on April 9th, and they will stop taking them on April 23rd.

(h/t Forbes)


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