Why is Marijuana a Schedule I Drug?

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Legalization of marijuana has been a major political issue in recent weeks. Despite successful legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington, marijuana remains a schedule I drug under federal rules. But why is marijuana a schedule I drug?

Marijuana is a schedule I drug under the Controlled Substance Act passed by the Congress in 1970. A schedule I drug is a dangerous substance that has no recognized medical use and that has a high potential for abuse. In addition to marijuana, heroin, LSD and ecstasy are schedule I substances.

However, many argue that marijuana does not deserve such categorization. Marijuana has been proven to have medical benefits for a number of diseases such as cancer, depression, HIV and many more. This is why

In terms of high potential for abuse, it appears that marijuana is less addictive that many other substances like tobacco, heroin, cocaine, caffeine or alcohol. This challenges the rationale behind its categorization as a schedule I substance.

Finally, in terms of dangerousness, no marijuana related deaths have been reported while tobacco and alcohol are responsible for the death 500,000 people annually.

Should the scheduling of marijuana as a scheduled one drug be reconsidered? 

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  1. TRSJ DavidAllen4 Hear, hear; thank you for making sense. :) It WAS Hairy Asslicker who essentially made it illegal (or at least pushed for it), because he was the new head of the Narcotics Bureau (later to become the DEA) and needed something to make his career with; unfortunately, heroin (called "H" back then) and cocaine were old news and nobody cared that much, so he needed something new that people really didn't know much (if anything) about, and when he discovered marijuana being used by minorities (Mexican workers and African-American entertainers), he zeroed in on it and started the crusade that continues to this day.
  2. TRSJ menoselosos Tahsuda So are tobacco and coca (the plant cocaine is derived from); his point (I think) was to show that there are more harmful drugs that are also derived from plants, but are seen as being less harmful. Of course, I could be wrong, and he could be trying to state that, since heroin is made from poppy seeds, that marijuana must be just as bad, in which case I would agree with you that he is ignorant.
  3. TRSJ @Beets You've obviously never tried marijuana, or, if you have, it was an isolated incident a long time ago that you can hardly recall (probably because marijuana DOES affect short-term memory), because otherwise you would know that marijuana itself isn't addictive, meaning your body chemistry doesn't change to need more of the substance to continue functioning; the effects could possibly be seen as addictive, because you enjoy the feeling it gives you, but in that regard so can the effects of lying in the grass on a sunny spring day or playing with a litter of puppies. Also, a heart attack isn't what I would call indirect; not that it matters because I've NEVER heard of someone having a heart attack from smoking too much weed. Nor have I heard of anyone causing a traffic accident, though that would be more a result of that person's bad decision-making than the substance itself (just like alcohol). Is that to say it's NEVER happened? Of course not, because chances are it has happened somewhere at some point in history, but IF that's true, those incidents were likely more the result of the individual's own body chemistry and their inability to handle the substance, else it would happen far more often, enough that it would be common knowledge. As for the medical facts, there really aren't a whole lot, considering that the federal government prohibits any prolonged scientific testing. What IS known is that marijuana, or more accurately the cannabinoids found in marijuana, can help cancer patients gain enough of an appetite to eat something (since chemotherapy often depletes a patient's appetite), can help alleviate seizures in children, can help in the treatment of glaucoma, etc. Yes, marijuana use can have a somewhat adverse effect on the lungs, but only if smoked directly, and almost entirely because of the tar that builds up from inhaling the smoke. This is why other forms of consumption such as edibles and vaporization came along. Yes, it does effect your short-term memory, but this usually only results in incidents such as someone forgetting where they put their keys down at. As far as symptoms, I'll list all of the symptoms I myself have experienced from the use of marijuana: *mild euphoria *increase in appetite (AKA "the munchies") *slight & temporary short-term memory loss (though I usually remember everything later) *elevated mood *relaxed muscles *increased focus *increased sociability ...and that's just to name a few. In fact, the ONLY negative effect I've EVER had from the use of marijuana was a slight headache, which was likely the result of depleted dopamine levels (because, like anything else, it needs time to replenish itself); and that headache was enough to make me stop smoking for a little while, in order for my dopamine levels to replenish themselves and eliminate the chance of the headache returning in the near future. And, as for the caffeine, of course it's addictive; about as much as marijuana (as is illustrated in the graphic), and for pretty much the same reason (as well as people fooling themselves into thinking they can't function without it). I would suggest that, in the future, rather than asking where the facts are, do some research and post them yourself. The only reason I didn't do that here is because I've taken up enough space already, and I don't much feel like doing the work for everyone when they're perfectly capable of doing it themselves.
  4. menoselosos Tahsuda ChrisNichols1 TROLL, if you enjoy cannabis to control your pain, then stop talking so much shit and comparing it to heroin man. Go find a hobby, and stop being devil's advocate
  5. menoselosos Tahsuda you are incredibly ignorant. Tomato is a plant also, and so is a coconut tree. What do we get from those?.....
  6. tshreveritchey @Beets IT is you who should read and get the facts.  There is nothing addictive in Marijuana physically.  There are no down sides to smoking it, especially if it helps you eat less pain pills, for wich your liver will thank you.  It lowers cholestorol, which helps prevent heart attacks, not cause them. I suggest before you inject "facts" into a conversation, that you ensure that thery are indeed..facts.
  7. Beets Wow. I don't even know what to say to you delusional people anymore. Marijuana is addictive and if you claim that caffeine isn't addictive then you got another thing coming. Also the "deaths from marijuana" thing only points to deaths by overdosing. Alcohol stops your medulla from doing basic functions like breathing and meth deteriorates your brain. Marijuana kills indirectly; aka heart attacks, low blood pressure, DUI. Where are the actual medical facts? The symptoms and harms from Marijuana? Also, nice profile. I'm trying not to judge you on that, but seeing as I'm actually French, it's a little hard.
  8. dgschaefering i was just reading some of your posts,and i am wondering how do i get opium from a pot plant
  9. tbear I once puffed on it but didn't inhale!
  10. Ray Dispenza The Fed. needs to change the classification then it will free the whole of the world of this herrendous lie.
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Beets
Beets

Wow. I don't even know what to say to you delusional people anymore. Marijuana is addictive and if you claim that caffeine isn't addictive then you got another thing coming. Also the "deaths from marijuana" thing only points to deaths by overdosing. Alcohol stops your medulla from doing basic functions like breathing and meth deteriorates your brain. Marijuana kills indirectly; aka heart attacks, low blood pressure, DUI. Where are the actual medical facts? The symptoms and harms from Marijuana? Also, nice profile. I'm trying not to judge you on that, but seeing as I'm actually French, it's a little hard.

dgschaefering
dgschaefering

i was just reading some of your posts,and i am wondering how do i get opium from a pot plant 

tbear
tbear

I once puffed on it but didn't inhale!

Ray Dispenza
Ray Dispenza

The Fed. needs to change the classification then it will free the whole of the world of this herrendous lie.

Tahsuda
Tahsuda

I think i will move back to las cruces nm loved it there in the 70's..allthough my good friend i still keep in touch with said even though they legalized marijuana there she is scared to get it prescribed because she told me they keep a eye on you....thats to bad...and she has always loved to smoke it....and she is in chronic pain but refuses to have it prescribed....for that reason...

Tahsuda
Tahsuda

I even remember when just one joint was a felony in the 70's

Tahsuda
Tahsuda

I just wanted to say something else, Marijuuana is a plant so is the poppy and we all know what you get out of the poppy plant..

DavidAllen4
DavidAllen4

a lot of information that confuses this issue. The reason cannabis is a schedule 1 drug was to make it illegal for scientist and doctors to study it and prove it is safe and effective and works better than the majority of pharmaceutical chemicals. This was from Harry Anslingers experience with the La Guardia study which proved cannabis was not a threat back in the 1940's. Anslinger knew then if he ever let scientist study cannabis they would find the same conclusions that it helps and doesnt hurt.. Suppress the science and suppress the knowledge that arresting people for a flower that helps people is so very wrong.

CarmenJohnson
CarmenJohnson

I BELIEVE IN GOD AND GOD GAVE US CANNABIS AND THE GOOD OLD MARY JANE TO HEAL US AND TO STRENGTHEN US!!!
THere shouldnt be a law MARIJUANIA

ChrisNichols1
ChrisNichols1

LMAO this article is screwed from the star; the beginning of the cannabis prohibition started in 1937 with Harry J. Aslinger ad his campaign contributors like the Dupont's and Hurst's. Those contributors had a direct financial challenge when it comes to hemp; their textile and fossil fuel business;s could not compete. 
The same is still true today but now you can add in a multitude of financial losers if cannabis is made legal. 

Conor
Conor

Call it a drug, a herb, plant, medicine, etc. The way I see it, cannabis is science. And because science is a part of everyday life, does the government still think they can win this wasteful war on drugs? It's a war on science! Something that is predominant in this world will never go away. It's science that proved the safety of cannabis over tobacco, alcohol, and even caffeine. Sorry Mr. Fed, it's scientific evidence. It's a part of everyday living and it's here to stay!

Tahsuda
Tahsuda

Marijuana does the totally opposite affect on me it speeds me up....and makes me paranoid......

Tahsuda
Tahsuda

Canada's scheduling of narcotics are totally different you can buy 222's codeine over the counter..and they have less crime there...

Tahsuda
Tahsuda

I can not beleive they have rescheduled Lortab to a  2 now any drug you take can be abused depending on person.. there will always be someone to ruin it for everyone...

Pat Kennedy
Pat Kennedy

It is regulated as such because when it was originally outlawed it was considered a drug of choice for Mexicans and African Americans. So, basically it was enacted to discriminate against two classes of people and so Hearst and his buddies could replace hemp rope with nylon to make millions in war profiteering.

Thiago Lane
Thiago Lane

So it's almost like an anti-depressant, like Prozac?

Dennis Mesecher
Dennis Mesecher

We already have invited the drug cartels with our dollars and who are now doing business in 270 cities in the USA as well as Europe and more.

Tim Daniel
Tim Daniel

yes. far less dangerous than alcohol

Andy Tiede
Andy Tiede

Yes. Make it less of an offense than method or cocaine.

Jill Miller
Jill Miller

Yes.. a looooooong time ago. It does not fit with the other items on that list.

Barbara Wilson Stevens
Barbara Wilson Stevens

I always have to laugh at the no medical use part of Marijuana. As a nurse in a Long Term Care Facility I regularly dispensed cannabis to my senior residents who had a problem with maintaining weight. We dispensed because it is used as an appetite enhancer. That is a definite a medical use, but I am sure that no one in Congress have done their homework.

Mark Joy
Mark Joy

How was marijuana not an herb?

Louie Goitz
Louie Goitz

Legalize , don't tax, don't regulate, don't let montsanto near it.

Louie Goitz
Louie Goitz

Just watched the news and 5 living presidents were gathered. At least 3 of 5 smoked marijuana.

Sherm Adamson
Sherm Adamson

It's a "no-brainer"! It should have never been illegal to begin with. Anyone who has prior cannabis charges should be automatically expunged and all prohibition discontinued immediately. Get rid of all those private prisons being run for a profit that the taxpayers are paying for that are housing non-violent pot users. Shameful!

Michael Snider
Michael Snider

Put marijuana on Schedule 4 or take it off the schedules in general. Put SSRIs on Schedule 1

Matthew Crockett
Matthew Crockett

The worst part of America's drug policy (and part of why some people feel free to ignore it) is because it pretends that all drugs are the same. Marijuana is no worse than alcohol in terms of what happens when people either use or abuse it. We should borrow the same logic as was used when we repealed the prohibition of alcohol. By decriminalizing it we save money, free up space in our jails taken up currently with non-violent offenders, and create an opportunity for tax revenue when we regulate the sale.

TRSJ
TRSJ

@Beets You've obviously never tried marijuana, or, if you have, it was an isolated incident a long time ago that you can hardly recall (probably because marijuana DOES affect short-term memory), because otherwise you would know that marijuana itself isn't addictive, meaning your body chemistry doesn't change to need more of the substance to continue functioning; the effects could possibly be seen as addictive, because you enjoy the feeling it gives you, but in that regard so can the effects of lying in the grass on a sunny spring day or playing with a litter of puppies. Also, a heart attack isn't what I would call indirect; not that it matters because I've NEVER heard of someone having a heart attack from smoking too much weed. Nor have I heard of anyone causing a traffic accident, though that would be more a result of that person's bad decision-making than the substance itself (just like alcohol). Is that to say it's NEVER happened? Of course not, because chances are it has happened somewhere at some point in history, but IF that's true, those incidents were likely more the result of the individual's own body chemistry and their inability to handle the substance, else it would happen far more often, enough that it would be common knowledge. As for the medical facts, there really aren't a whole lot, considering that the federal government prohibits any prolonged scientific testing. What IS known is that marijuana, or more accurately the cannabinoids found in marijuana, can help cancer patients gain enough of an appetite to eat something (since chemotherapy often depletes a patient's appetite), can help alleviate seizures in children, can help in the treatment of glaucoma, etc. Yes, marijuana use can have a somewhat adverse effect on the lungs, but only if smoked directly, and almost entirely because of the tar that builds up from inhaling the smoke. This is why other forms of consumption such as edibles and vaporization came along. Yes, it does effect your short-term memory, but this usually only results in incidents such as someone forgetting where they put their keys down at. As far as symptoms, I'll list all of the symptoms I myself have experienced from the use of marijuana:

*mild euphoria

*increase in appetite (AKA "the munchies")

*slight & temporary short-term memory loss (though I usually remember everything later)

*elevated mood

*relaxed muscles

*increased focus

*increased sociability


...and that's just to name a few. In fact, the ONLY negative effect I've EVER had from the use of marijuana was a slight headache, which was likely the result of depleted dopamine levels (because, like anything else, it needs time to replenish itself); and that headache was enough to make me stop smoking for a little while, in order for my dopamine levels to replenish themselves and eliminate the chance of the headache returning in the near future.


And, as for the caffeine, of course it's addictive; about as much as marijuana (as is illustrated in the graphic), and for pretty much the same reason (as well as people fooling themselves into thinking they can't function without it).

I would suggest that, in the future, rather than asking where the facts are, do some research and post them yourself. The only reason I didn't do that here is because I've taken up enough space already, and I don't much feel like doing the work for everyone when they're perfectly capable of doing it themselves.


tshreveritchey
tshreveritchey

@Beets IT is you who should read and get the facts.  There is nothing addictive in Marijuana physically.  There are no down sides to smoking it, especially if it helps you eat less pain pills, for wich your liver will thank you.  It lowers cholestorol, which helps prevent heart attacks, not cause them. I suggest before you inject "facts" into a conversation, that you ensure that thery are indeed..facts.

menoselosos
menoselosos

@Tahsuda you are incredibly ignorant. Tomato is a plant also, and so is a coconut tree. What do we get from those?.....

TRSJ
TRSJ

@DavidAllen4 Hear, hear; thank you for making sense. :) It WAS Hairy Asslicker who essentially made it illegal (or at least pushed for it), because he was the new head of the Narcotics Bureau (later to become the DEA) and needed something to make his career with; unfortunately, heroin (called "H" back then) and cocaine were old news and nobody cared that much, so he needed something new that people really didn't know much (if anything) about, and when he discovered marijuana being used by minorities (Mexican workers and African-American entertainers), he zeroed in on it and started the crusade that continues to this day.

JudieCollins
JudieCollins

@CarmenJohnson I wholeheartedly agree - I believe that everything we need to heal ourselves was given to us. And we all know what the real reason for MJ being a schedule 1 --- follow the money.

RobertAlexander
RobertAlexander

@KevinAidenLogan  Go study your history and also look at it as a humanistic problem, since Yahweh created it, man abused it - and the SYSTEM has an multi dimensional web of deception it's using this plant to work it's re-programming minds with.

Tahsuda
Tahsuda

@KevinAidenLogan the poppy is a plant as well and we all know what come from poppy...i am all for Maryjane...but my do we have to use such foul launguge sure it is relevant it is against the law federally...

JudieCollins
JudieCollins

@Tahsuda I strongly support the use of cannabis, even though I don't smoke it because I don't like the 'high' feeling at all. However, I do take RSO made from very low THC plants - so does my husband and he's dropped all of his High Blood Pressure meds, lowered his pain meds and sleeps better now. Spectacular medicine without any of the horrible side effects of pharm meds.

ChrisNichols1
ChrisNichols1

@Tahsuda That would be the strain you are using; Sativa will have an upper effect and Indica will have a downer; for some the opposite is true. 

Margie Logue
Margie Logue

In response to the person who sited http://www.drugabuse.gov/publication/drugfacts/marijuana as the source of their info that marijuana had huge physical and psychological costs. Come on, is that what you call an unbiased report? Do you read the same info in sources not published by the government. CNN's De Sanjay Gupta, who previously opposed marijuana, said the American people have been systematically misled for almost 70 yrs on the medical value of marijuana. He said he mistakenly believed the DEA listed marijuana as a schedule ! drug due to proven scientific proof. They have no proof.

JudieCollins
JudieCollins

@Barbara Wilson Stevens Actually the government already realizes the benefits of cannabis - they have a patent on it and Big Pharma has a synthetic THC med called Marinol. They KNOW all about it and they grow it…. they just want to CONTROL it, just like they want to control everything. As someone else already said "it's a GD Plant!!" What's next? The pine trees? Aloe Vera Plants? What?

JudieCollins
JudieCollins

@Louie Goitz AMEN! Monsanto will just add a few GMOs and VOILA! More poison!

Tahsuda
Tahsuda

@Jeff Cordeiro so is opium it is a plant

Tahsuda
Tahsuda

@Sherm Adamson in the 70's one joint was a felony

TRSJ
TRSJ

@menoselosos @Tahsuda So are tobacco and coca (the plant cocaine is derived from); his point (I think) was to show that there are more harmful drugs that are also derived from plants, but are seen as being less harmful. Of course, I could be wrong, and he could be trying to state that, since heroin is made from poppy seeds, that marijuana must be just as bad, in which case I would agree with you that he is ignorant.

Tahsuda
Tahsuda

@ChrisNichols1 @Tahsuda Chris i have had every strain of Maryjane since the 70's Sinsemilla, acupulcco gold, thai stick. maui waui i could go on even the rag weed...they all make me speed up..no matter what strain...but it does help my pain and i have very bad pain..sometimes can not walk...i would prefer to put in tea or coffee and have that way..maybe a puff every now and then..as not to get my tolerance up...but since i get U A at my doc i can and will not smoke as it is not legal in my state..nor prescribed she is cool doc as when i first went in to see her i got a U A  had been around people smoking it showed she asked i said no...i have to have some type of pain med to help ease my pain..until they legalize and prescribe here...now i can use peyote legally as i am Native American it can be used in my church..Native American ones  here in Oklahoma....

menoselosos
menoselosos

@Tahsuda @ChrisNichols1 TROLL, if you enjoy cannabis to control your pain, then stop talking so much shit and comparing it to heroin man. Go find a hobby, and stop being devil's advocate