DEA Marijuana Study OK Hints of Schedule 1 Change

DEA Marijuana Study OK Hints of Schedule 1 Change

The Drug Enforcement Agency has just announced it’s approved a Colorado effort to study whether marijuana can be used to help veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“Marijuana is currently legal for recreational use in Colorado. But frustratingly, it’s not on the state’s list of conditions approved for medical marijuana, which complicates treatment for current and former service members, and the timing of the DEA’s announcement might prove telling.”

According to the Cannabistthe approval comes nearly ten years after the study was first proposed, and comes on the heels of news that the Senate is currently reviewing legislation to allow veterans to use medical marijuana.

While marijuana is currently legal for recreational use in Colorado, frustratingly, it’s not on the state’s list of conditions covered by medical marijuana. That complicates things for current and former service members who depend on Veterans Affairs for healthcare. And while the go-ahead did proceed at a glacial pace, the timing of the DEA’s announcement might prove telling.

As Price of Weed readers know, marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule 1 drug, and that classification, which also includes heroin and LSD, has been a point of contention between activists and authorities for years. In the wake of the recent revelation that it was politics, not science, which led to marijuana’s inclusion on the top tier of banned substances, calls to reschedule—or remove it from classification entirely—have strengthened.

Most notably, the agency announced earlier this month that a decision about whether to continue with marijuana’s Schedule 1 status would come by June. Of course, a link between approval of a long-gestating medical marijuana study and the consideration of the drug’s status isn’t exactly clear. But it may indicate a wider shifting of the agency’s position on marijuana, which would give politicians cover to relax restrictions.

All told, it’s an exciting time to be part of the marijuana reform movement. We’ll keep you updated.

[ via the Cannabist, photo via Military.com ]

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