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What needs to happen before we legalize marijuana

JUNE 30 could be a red-letter day for federal policy on marijuana: The Drug Enforcement Administration has promised to decide “in the first half of 2016” whether to change the drug’s status under the Controlled Substances Act. At present, it is on Schedule 1, meaning it has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse” and is among “the most dangerous drugs . . . with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence,” according to the DEA. Other Schedule 1 drugs include heroin and ecstasy; and for many people, including those who have petitioned the DEA to “reschedule” pot, marijuana simply doesn’t belong in that category — because it isn’t that dangerous, and because, they argue, it has medicinal uses. Read more »

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