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The Obama administration has decided to continue the ban on researching the benefits of marijuana, in return denying the appeal to remove the plant from the list of drugs that are considered the most addictive and lacking medicinal value.  Marijuana will remain a Schedule 1 drug. But what exactly does that mean?

 According to Findlaw, “Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is classified as a ‘Schedule I drug’, meaning it: 1) has the potential for abuse, 2) has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the U.S., and 3) has a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision” (

 It’s a bitter day for supporters who had high anticipation for more research on the drug’s potential.

Although studies are limited, marijuana has shown to reduce pain, nausea, and muscle spasticity. Many physicians would like to expand their research, and dive deeper into the benefits of the plant however, they fear jeopardizing their license.

“The DEA’s decision flies in the face of objective science and overwhelming public opinion. The reality is that half of U.S states have already passed effective laws allowing patients legal access to medical cannabis and it is changing lives.” National Cannabis Industry Association Executive Director Aaron Smith said in a statement.

Medical marijuana laws and regulations are continuously changing and can change based on geographic areas. This can cause much confusion for current patients.

The National Council on State Legislatures passed a resolution asking the federal government “to respect state marijuana laws… without federal interference” (Susan Livio).

Are you stuck in between state and federal laws?  Don’t feel trapped.  Simon Law Group can help answer your inquiries.  

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