DEA continues federal classification of marijuana
MEDFORD -- The drug enforcement administration has denied a petition to change marijuana from schedule one to schedule two under the controlled substances act. Schedule one is for drugs with high abuse potential and lack of medical use.
The DEA said marijuana has a high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use treatment, and lacks enough medical supervision. One local dispensary owner said this is frustrating, but opens the door for more research.
"I personally want to see it completely de-scheduled so this is an opportunity for us to study the plant, to give the federal government what they want. And then let's de-schedule it completely. Let's let local economies make their own decisions about the plant," Brie Malarkey said.
The DEA said although there is high abuse potential, they see no evidence proving that marijuana is a gateway drug.