Despite the overwhelming shift in the way cannabis is viewed in this County, the DEA has again refused to remove it from Schedule I. As you are probably aware, Schedule I is for drugs that have a “high potential for abuse” and “no accepted medical use”. Even drugs like morphine and cocaine are placed in lower schedules.
At the urging of former governors from Rhode Island and Washington, the DEA agreed to reconsider the placement of cannabis in the most restrictive schedule. However, a rescheduling was ultimately rejected, despite the fact that medical use of cannbis is supported by volumes of medical evidence and enjoys majority support all across the country.
The DEA did agree to expand research into medical marijuana, which is encouraging, but to continue placing pot in Schedule I, along with drugs like heroin and peyote, shows that the DEA has failed to read the writing on the wall.