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U.S. court reopens petition to classify marijuana as a medicinal drug

Today is the status of dangerous drug with no medical use. The same category as LSD, heroin and ecstasy

 
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The use of marijuana as medicine has been discussed in several countries
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A federal appeals court in Washington, back to consider rescheduling marijuana from its current status of dangerous drug with no accepted medical use.

Last year, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) denied a request from medical marijuana advocates to change the classification, keeping marijuana in the same category as drugs like LSD, heroin and ecstasy. The DEA concluded that there was not a consensus opinion among experts about the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The petition had been filed in 2002.

A group of supporters of medical drugs, Americans for Safe Access, wants the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia requiring the DEA to pursue scientific basis to maintain the current classification of drugs.

The group's lawyer, Joe Elford, said the DEA has applied the law incorrectly. He added that there are numerous studies that prove the efficacy of marijuana as a drug that can help people with chronic pain and the side effects of chemotherapy, for example.

The DEA's lawyer, Lena Watkins, said marijuana is classified correctly as "is the most widely used drug in the United States."

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