In the not-too-distant past, we would have considered it unwise, and perhaps even dangerous, to change the federal classification of marijuana from a schedule 1 to a schedule 2 drug. But that was before 24 states and the District of Columbia passed laws legalizing the drug either for medicinal or recreational uses.
The fact is, those states acted without any scientific basis, and they have turned wide swaths of the nation into incubator labs for a drug with physical, psychological and, perhaps, some beneficial medicinal consequences. With marijuana already unleashed in such an officially sanctioned way, the need to study it is imperative.
That is why the federal Drug Enforcement Administration needs to reclassify marijuana as a schedule 2 drug. If the agency doesn’t do so — and some experts believe it won’t, even though the DEA has said it would consider the move this summer — Congress should act. [Read more at the Deseret News]