DEA rules that marijuana has no medical value

DEA rules that marijuana has no medical value

California appears poised to join the growing number of states that have legalized marijuana, even as the federal government is reaffirming its 46-year-old stance that pot is a top-tier illicit narcotic on par with heroin and LSD.

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Thursday that marijuana will remain classified as a Schedule I controlled substance – a designation reserved for highly addictive drugs with no proven medical use.

Thousands of published studies and extensive anecdotal evidence have indicated marijuana can help with conditions such as epilepsy and chronic pain. But DEA acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said a thorough review of the research, with input from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, determined cannabis treatments haven’t yet been proven effective by controlled clinical trials and widespread acceptance from the medical community.

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