Marijuana rescheduling not Amendment 64 "silver bullet," says Mason Tvert
Nearly a quarter-century later, Young's suggestions have yet to be taken. "Unfortunately, we haven't seen the DEA listen to its own judges," Tvert says.
Even so, Tvert doesn't reject the notion of revving up the rescheduling conversation again.
"It's certainly a discussion to have," he says. "But in the meantime, the people in Colorado and Washington have made it clear they don't think adults should be arrested or prosecuted for possession or use of marijuana. And people in eighteen states throughout the nation have made it clear they don't think patients should be punished for using marijuana to alleviate symptoms of medical conditions, and to treat those conditions.
"People are no longer looking to the scheduling system as being objective or accurate, because of its absurd inclusion of marijuana as a Schedule I substance."
Look below to see DEA administrative law judge Francis L. Young's 1988 ruling, followed by the current controlled substances schedule.
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