DEA Still Insists Marijuana Has No “Accepted Medical Use”

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“This spring, nearly five years after the Obama administration promised to end the federal government’s longstanding, anomalous monopoly on marijuana for medical research, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) tentatively approved applications by several independent suppliers. But the DEA still maintains that the plant belongs in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), a category supposedly reserved for especially dangerous drugs with no accepted medical use. … federal courts have deferred to the agency’s interpretation of the CSA’s scheduling criteria. According to the DEA, marijuana has ‘no currently accepted medical use’ because it does not satisfy a five-part test that the agency invented, which demands the sort of evidence that would be required to win approval of a new medicine by the Food and Drug Administration. In the DEA’s view, the fact that most states allow patients to use marijuana for symptom relief is irrelevant.” (for publication 10/21)