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U.S. regulators are studying whether restrictions on marijuana should be eased, a step toward decriminalizing the drug at the federal level.

The Food and Drug Administration is conducting an analysis at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s request on whether the U.S. should downgrade the classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, said Douglas Throckmorton, Deputy Director for Regulatory Programs at the FDA, at a congressional hearing.

Schedule 1 drugs carry the most restrictions of the five DEA classifications and are considered substances with no medical benefit that are highly addictive. Factors the FDA considers in making a recommendation include a drug’s abuse potential, its pharmacological effect and risk to public health, according to Throckmorton’s written testimony.

“This has big implications,” said Representative John Mica, a Florida Republican, who is leading the oversight hearing on pot research as part of an examination of changing societal attitudes about the drug.

The FDA reviewed marijuana’s status for the DEA in 2001 and 2006 and recommended it remain Schedule 1, Throckmorton said. The DEA has since been petitioned to change marijuana’s classification and “that has been sent to us and we’re in the process of conducting an eight-factor analysis,” Throckmorton told Mica.

Mica is chairman of the House Oversight Committee’s government operations panel. A change in schedule could help reconcile some of the differences between federal laws and looser state laws. Twenty-two states permit medical marijuana and two, Washington and Colorado, allow recreational use.

Throckmorton wouldn’t say when he expected the FDA to complete the analysis or whether it would recommend a change.

The agency must first consult with the National Institute on Drug Abuse and send their recommendation through the Department of Health and Human Services before handing it to the DEA, he said.


20 June 2014

Anna Edney
bloomberg.com

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Re: DEA demands the FDA the consider reclassifying Marijuana
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2014, 07:40:40 am »
Nothing the federal government ever does is good. They will probably mess this up and re-classify as a new classification (Schedule Death-981 or something) telling us that consuming marijuana will give us herpes or something...watch. Since when does the DEA need the FDA is this?  Didn't the DEA just go ahead and classify drugs on its own "merit"?

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Re: DEA demands the FDA the consider reclassifying Marijuana
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2014, 09:32:28 am »
It's the piffing politics involved. I'm all for common sense drug reform, Either legalizing or reduce the serverity of small possession charges for lower scale drugs like Marijuana, Psychosilocybin, Mescaline, and other natural psychedelic plants. All the while cracking down on the whole synthetic industry aswell as increasing severity of harsher drugs like Coke, Meth, Heroin. Have the fuzz spend more time catching the big fish instead of harassing teenagers for a few grams of weed. Its absolutely ridiculous.

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Re: DEA demands the FDA the consider reclassifying Marijuana
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2014, 02:59:59 pm »
It's the piffing politics involved. I'm all for common sense drug reform, Either legalizing or reduce the serverity of small possession charges for lower scale drugs like Marijuana, Psychosilocybin, Mescaline, and other natural psychedelic plants. All the while cracking down on the whole synthetic industry aswell as increasing severity of harsher drugs like Coke, Meth, Heroin. Have the fuzz spend more time catching the big fish instead of harassing teenagers for a few grams of weed. Its absolutely ridiculous.

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would throw a like and a share to this if i could :D

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Re: DEA demands the FDA the consider reclassifying Marijuana
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2014, 06:24:50 pm »
It's the piffing politics involved. I'm all for common sense drug reform, Either legalizing or reduce the serverity of small possession charges for lower scale drugs like Marijuana, Psychosilocybin, Mescaline, and other natural psychedelic plants. All the while cracking down on the whole synthetic industry aswell as increasing severity of harsher drugs like Coke, Meth, Heroin. Have the fuzz spend more time catching the big fish instead of harassing teenagers for a few grams of weed. Its absolutely ridiculous.

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would throw a like and a share to this if i could :D

Much to our collective and my own private dismay Evoke, these options will probably never be here lol. 

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Re: DEA demands the FDA the consider reclassifying Marijuana
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2014, 07:19:40 pm »
It's the piffing politics involved. I'm all for common sense drug reform, Either legalizing or reduce the serverity of small possession charges for lower scale drugs like Marijuana, Psychosilocybin, Mescaline, and other natural psychedelic plants. All the while cracking down on the whole synthetic industry aswell as increasing severity of harsher drugs like Coke, Meth, Heroin. Have the fuzz spend more time catching the big fish instead of harassing teenagers for a few grams of weed. Its absolutely ridiculous.

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would throw a like and a share to this if i could :D
All I ask is that the informed individuals take time to better explain this idiocracy to the general public, Help undo years and years of government anti-drug propaganda and maybe we will see a dramatic change on worldwide drug policies not just here in the US.

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Re: DEA demands the FDA the consider reclassifying Marijuana
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2014, 07:38:41 pm »
I wouldn't spend time worrying about the government when it comes to weed.   I honestly think the best thing you can do is inform people about it who have no clue about the effects or its uses or anything.   I spent years just talking to my family about pot no matter how much they were against it, and their opinion has made a 180 over the last 5 years.  They may not use pot, but at least now they have an understanding of it, which is more than most people who have never smoked can say.



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