Medical Marijuana has become a highly debated on topic, and in parts of the world where it has been made decriminalized, a highly profitable business. In Canada alone, more and more investors are joining in and are slowly trying to open marijuana farms and outlets all over the country. There are around twelve businesses in Canada who are seeking to open their outlets soon. Tweed Marijuana, for instance, is the first company of such kind to be publicly held in Canada. Marijuana, as of today, i slegal for medical purposes in 22 US states. However, it remains a controlled substance under the federal law.
Being classified as a controlled substance means that under the federal law or the US Government, marijuana is in the same group as heroin, LSD, cocaine, meth, and ecstacy. Not only that, it is also classified under Schedule 1 (the most dangerous group of drugs). However, many scientists and medical researchers find the inclusion of marijuana in this list a tad bit too much. According to them, there is no longer enough basis to support the Drug Enforcement Agency’s claim that marijuana is solely used for the purpose of getting high, and it is of zero medicinal value. This Schedule 1 classification of marijuana is one of the biggest impediments into further research on the subject. A lot of researchers are keen to know the possibilities of treating certain illnesses, such as epilepsy, with the use of chemical compounds that can only be found in the cannabis plant.
Despite this, marijuana has been used over th eyears to alleviate the side effects of being under heavy medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, and to treat chronic epilepsy or any seizure experienced by a patient. Prior to the passing of the federal budget bill that prohibits the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency from prosecuting marijuana sellers and dispensaries in states where marijuana has been decriminalized, plenty of people who use marijuana for the medical needs were inconvenienced by DEA crackdowns and arrests. Marijuana’s current schedule 1 substance status has also hurt marijuana businesses in states where it is legal to sell them as banks refused to allow them to open up accounts.
Only the DEA has the authority to change the drug classification of marijuana. However, we should not expect them to do so, because by rescheduling marijuana, they will have to face some serious opposition from the US Congress. It is true that marijuana can easily be abused, but the only way to prove that it also has medicinal benefits is by allowing research on the subject. This research will not be permitted, as long as marijuana holds Schedule 1 drug status.
We may be missing out on some scientific breakthrough because government agencies have their own agendas, which does not currently include providing support for the scientific research into the medicinal properties of marijuana.