In 1969, President Nixon declared a “war on drugs” and Congress proposed legislation to attack the “war on drugs” in the United States. Congress intended to deal with the war on drugs by providing law enforcement with specific guidelines on how to charge offenders using specific types of drugs. As a result, Congress classified all of the different drugs into five different schedules based on their medical use, potential for abuse and effects on the body.
During the classification period, researchers were still testing marijuana and its medicinal value. Because of the limited research, marijuana was scheduled as a schedule I drug due to its limited information and testing. Dr. Roger O Egeberg, Assistant Secretary for Health and Scientific Affairs, Department of Health, Education and Welfare to Honorable Harley O. Staggers stated that there was limited information and recommended that marijuana be scheduled as a schedule I drug until the completion of testing and if the testing determined that it had medicinal value, it could be rescheduled.
Since that time, there has been significant research conducted regarding marijuana, which shows that marijuana alleviates pain and insomnia as well as likely helps patients suffering from anxiety. Marijuana is also comparatively non-addictive and significantly safer than various narcotics. Medicinal marijuana has been recognized as a beneficial form of treatment by the American Academy of HIV medicine, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, among others. Despite its known medicinal value, it is still scheduled as a Schedule I drug.
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