Despite the growing number of medical marijuana advocates who have sworn to the drug’s medicinal benefits, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has ruled that marijuana has no medical or therapeutic use and thus will remain classified as a dangerous and illegal drug.
According to a letter from DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart in response to the petition filed by medical marijuana advocacy groups, marijuana has not been proven effective for any medical use and treatment in the United States, and that the use of marijuana for medical purposes is not coupled with proper procedures to ensure safety and that it still has a high potential to be abused.
The decision came much to the disappointment of those who supported the re-classification of marijuana nine years ago when they sought to have the government look into the medical benefits of cannabis for treatment of glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases.
Unfortunately, the Drug Enforcement Administration has responded negatively to the petition filed at the Court of Appeals from medical marijuana advocates for the drug to be considered legal for medicinal purposes.
In a report from the L.A. Times, DEA’s ruling will put marijuana in the line of heroin and MDMA which are all considered dangerous drugs. Under federal law, marijuana is among the Schedule I list of controlled substances.
Americans for Safe Access chief counsel Joe Elford says their group was not surprised with the latest ruling on the lawsuit they have filed years ago. He says the Obama administration would never allow for the legalization and commercial cultivation of marijuana. “It is clearly motivated by a political decision that is anti-marijuana,” he said.
There have been a number of states, including California, which has adopted the legalization of medical marijuana. It can be expected that another vote will be made on 2012, and supporters pushing for its legalization will continue their cause.