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Federal Government to Review Marijuana Classification

Federal Government to Review Marijuana Classification

For the first time in many decades, the federal government will be reconsidering marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I drug. 


Towards the end of last year, Judge Kimberly J. Mueller “agreed to hold a fact-finding hearing on the constitutionality of the 1970 Controlled Substances Act,” which is what classifies marijuana under Schedule I (McCluskey, 2015). This hearing is to be held sometime in 2015. 


Prosecutors have said that the decision to make marijuana a Schedule I drug was based on the notion that it had no medicinal qualities—an issue that many citizens and the defense attorneys are arguing against. 




McCluskey, B. (2015). Marijuana classification to be reviewed by federal government. Retrieved from http://www.thefix.com/content/marijuana-classification-be-reviewed-federal-government