Why Marijuana Should Not Be A Schedule I Drug
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 02/01/2011 in Medical Marijuana
For thousands of years, humankind has known the medicinal qualities of marijuana. It’s been used as a medicine by just about every culture on the planet. But for some reason, the Federal Government has committed the horrendous act of hypocrisy by categorizing it as a Schedule I drug, along with GHB, LSD, Ecstasy and others.
To be classified as a Schedule I drug, a substance must meet the following criteria:
- The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse
- The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
- There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
Yet thousands of doctors across the country recommend medical marijuana to their patients. Doesn’t that prove that there IS an accepted medical use in the United States? Even cocaine and crack aren’t Schedule I drugs—they’re in the more lenient category of Schedule II because of cocaine’s very limited medicinal uses. But what about the endless medicinal uses of medical marijuana? Countless scientific studies from top researchers from around the world have determined that marijuana is effective in the treatment of cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, hepatitis C and many other illnesses.
Additionally, Marijuana’s medical utility has been recognized by a wide range of medical and public health organizations, including the American Academy of HIV Medicine, American College of Physicians, American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and many others.
And for the icing on the cake, the United States Department of Health and Human Services currently holds a patent proving the medicinal uses of marijuana. The patent was issued on October 7, 2003, and is called “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants” (#6,630,507). This patent claims that cannabinoids are “useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.”
Isn’t that proof enough?
It’s time to stop the hypocrisy. It’s time for the Federal Government to finally admit to themselves what everyone else already knows: marijuana is medicinal and calling it Schedule I is a blatant lie. Reclassifying marijuana to a Schedule II drug means that doctors will finally (and once again) be able to actually prescribe the medicine to their patients.