Columbia University Psychology Professor Carl Hart writes for Scientific American on the DEA rejection of a petition to classify marijuana as no more dangerous than methamphetamine.
"After five years of deliberation, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has officially rejected a petition that would have reclassified marijuana under the Federal Controlled Substance Act. The drug is currently listed on Schedule I, meaning that it is viewed as having “no acceptable medical use in treatment,” and is therefore banned in the United States. The proposed change would have moved marijuana to Schedule II, making it available by prescription nationwide. That would have been good for patients and scientists, and it would have represented a major step toward resolving the hypocritical mess that characterizes our current laws on marijuana."