Marijuana Will Remain Illegal under Federal Law

On August 11th, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that marijuana will remain a Schedule I narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act.

The agency denied a petition to reclassify the substance as less dangerous despite the fact that votes in 25 states and the District of Columbia legalizing cannabis for medical purposes and has a “high potential” for abuse and can lead to psychological dependence. According to an agency and Health and Human Services evaluation, marijuana had no current and accepted medical usage. However, it is because there is no adequate safety studies or well-controlled studies, making scientific evidence not widely available.

Due to this conclusion, the DEA has relaxed their rules for marijuana research, making it easier for institutions to grow marijuana for scientific study. Currently, the agency authorizes only one grow facility in the University of Mississippi.

In Nevada, there are medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state. It is actually the only state that has passed medical laws which will recognize patients in other states and allow those patients purchase marijuana for medicinal use.

If you do not have a prescription for medicinal marijuana and are caught with one ounce or less, you can be charged a fine up to $600. However, sale or delivery of marijuana can result in a felony conviction, which is punishable by a prison sentence of up to four years and a maximum fine of $5,000.

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