U.S. health officials recommend DEA ease restrictions on marijuana, they proposed

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers cannabis not “acceptable” for use in any type of treatment.Credit: AP

In an unexpected move, the Department of Health and Human Services recommended to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) ease federal restrictions on drugs, an initiative hailed by the leaders of the United States Senate.

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said last Wednesday that the agency responded to a request from President Joe Biden to “submit a classification recommendation on marijuana to the DEA”, he detailed via his X account, formerly Twitter.

“We have worked to ensure that the scientific assessment is completed and shared quickly,” explained the American official.

Marijuana would be exempt from criminal penalties in the United States

According to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, marijuana could be converted from a Schedule I controlled substance to a Schedule III controlled substance, detailed through a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS for its acronym in English).

“HHS did the right thing,” Chuck Schumer said. “The DEA must now follow through on this important step to significantly reduce the harm caused by draconian marijuana laws.”

The theory is that if the drug were reclassified, it would reduce or possibly eliminate criminal penalties for possession, because at the moment it is considered as dangerous as heroin and LSD, this because the DEA considers the narcotic to have “no currently accepted medical use for any treatment” in the United States, “there is a lack of agreed safety for the use of the drug and other substances under medical supervision” and “it has high potential for abuse.

What would happen if marijuana became a Schedule III drug?

The drug would become “less potential” than Category I and II narcotics, which state that its abuse is harmful and affects “moderate or weak physical health or strong psychological dependence”. Ketamine and some anabolic steroids fall into this classification.

Source: El Heraldo De Mexico

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