Schedule N(one) Drug

by Tommy Nunez

Marijuana is a burning topic that is sweeping the nation and has been for quite

sometime. Many people wonder why marijuana is categorized as a Schedule 1 drug.

According to the DEA, “Schedule 1 drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs

with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse”. This list contains

drugs such as heroin, LSD, peyote, and ecstasy alongside marijuana. Many people learn

about the dangers of these other drugs such as overdosage, diseases transferred through

paraphernalia, and hallucinations leading to accidents which vary in severity. It is hard

to obtain these drugs for research due to this classification placed by the government.

Marijuana is on this list but scientists and even former President Barack Obama said the

drug is no more dangerous than alcohol. It is time to change the stigma behind the drug

and change the classification.

Many people believe that marijuana is highly addictive and can lead to

physical/psychological dependence. These have been studies saying that marijuana use

has been linked to depression and schizophrenia. It also alters a user’s senses which is

believed to have led to automobile accidents. This is why the US government remains

against the drug and has a punishment for carrying/consuming marijuana. Many people

have used these results based off small study samples to create a general idea about this

drug. Being considered a “schedule 1 drug” also leads people to believe these negative

things because of the seemingly dangerous sounding categorization.

Some states, however, are starting to legalize marijuana as a recreational drug

such as DC, California, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Massachusetts, Washington, and

Maine. Already in 28 out of 50 states, medical marijuana is legal. Even the DEA states

that, “No death from overdose on marijuana has been reported”. Something about the

way this plant is perceived must be wrong or uncertain. Some scientists have even found

positive effects of marijuana although it is difficult for them to access the drug. The fact

that medical marijuana exists proves that it shouldn’t even be a Schedule 1 drug. It has

not ever been a cause of death and most data supporting negative effects is biased or

inconclusive.

Marijuana should be easier to access for scientific research. Also, states that are

legalizing the drug should share medical reports of effects on people consuming

marijuana. After a vast amount of data is collect and a general consensus is reached

upon the drug, there should be a decision made about the schedule of the drug. The

punishments toward people who consume the drug should also be lowered because

there are worse easily accessed drugs that are legal or scheduled at a less dangerous

level.

 

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