Marijuana Reform and Schedule 1 Classification:
Currently, 23 states have approved legislation that makes medical marijuana legal. Four states have approved legislation that permits recreational marijuana. Presidential candidates are talking about how they will support the process that allows states to make their own decisions on marijuana. The elephant in the room however is that marijuana is still a schedule 1 drug according to the federal government. Despite attempts made by individual states to legalize marijuana, the federal government still classifies marijuana as a very dangerous drug and considers it illegal. When will the federal government reconsider and how long will the federal government be able to contrast with the growing movement to legalize marijuana in the United States?
Judge Rules on Marijuana and Federal Classification:
One opportunity for federal change came several months back when Judge Kimberly Mueller of the Federal District Court in Sacramento, California reviewed marijuana’s classification in the U.S. According to Judge Mueller, marijuana will remain classified as a Schedule 1 drug and be categorized with other drugs such as heroin and LSD. Judge Mueller said that she could not overturn a law passed by Congress . Marijuana has been a Schedule 1 drug for decades and Mueller was not about to be the one to overturn that decision. The medical and or recreational use of the drug remains prohibited by federal law. The good news in Judge Mueller’s decision to review the drug’s classification is that it was the first time a federal judge has done so in decades. Mueller stated that at some other time, another court may rule the current classification of marijuana is unconstitutional. Although Mueller did not rule to reclassify marijuana on a federal level, she did open the door a bit wider so that additional consideration may happen in the future.
Political Aspirations and Marijuana Reform:
Current presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders hopes to be the Democratic choice for the next president of the United States. Additionally, Sanders believes that marijuana should be taken off of the list of federally controlled substances. He believes that marijuana should be regulated just like alcohol. Sanders may not be a top runner in the current presidential debate, but has been vocal and his position on marijuana reform has been hear across the nation. It is only a matter of time before the federal government will have to reconsider marijuana’s current classification. The push for reform is growing too strong.