United States Court of Appeals in Washington DC Upholds Marijuana as a Dangerous Drug

Was Marijuana ever petitioned to be removed the list of Schedule 1 drugs?

Marijuana was tested legally as Schedule 1 drug. United States Court of Appeals in Washington DC issued a ruling on May 2002 that basically maintains that marijuana must remain a schedule I controlled substance after an appeal was filed by High Times magazine and Jon Gettman. Jon Gettman initially filed the petition with the DEA in 1997. The argument was that marijuana should be removed from the classification schedule I drug due to the fact that marijuana does not meet the legal criteria.

Shortly after this decision, the DEA Director Asa Hutchinson stated that this was “an important ruling because it leaves in place a sound decision made by DEA, in consultation with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), that there is no basis to remove marijuana from schedule I”.

In case, you are not familiar with Schedule 1 drugs, they are in the same company as heroin and cocaine, having the highest potential of abuse and not usefully medically in anyway. They are also considered the most dangerous drugs out there.

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What is the legal criteria for a Schedule 1 drug?

Schedule I drugs have the following legal criteria:

  • The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
  • The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical treatment use in the U.S.
  • There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or substance under medical supervision.

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Can I get a prescription for a Schedule 1 drug?

You will not find any prescriptions for Schedule I drugs as they are deemed as serving no medical purpose. Schedule 1 drugs are the most restrictive and very much prosecuted by the DEA. The DEA denied the appeal filed by High Times and Jon Gettman. They state that “current medical and scientific evidence continues to demonstrate that marijuana has a high potential for abuse and no safe and effective medical use”.

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