It’s absolutely stunning how fast Americans’ views have shifted on this topic.
However, marijuana is still designated as a Schedule 1 narcotic by our federal government. Per the DEA:
Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:
heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote
Perhaps nothing demonstrates how hopelessly stuck in the past the federal government is, that a drug which is prescribed by doctors to cancer patients is deemed to have “no currently accepted medical use.” With the success of legalization in Colorado and Washington, and the increased tax dollars flowing into their coffers, hopefully the federal government will join its citizens in the 21st century, and will stop classifying marijuana on the same scale as truly hard drugs like meth, heroin and peyote.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.