The DEA is not going to legalize marijuana on August 1st

Posted on June 21 2016

You may have seen in numerous blogs across the internet reporting that the government is about to legalize marijuana in all 50 states on August 1st. That is not going to happen. A weekly newspaper from Santa Monica, Calif., reported on Saturday that the “US Gov’t Will Legalize Marijuana on August 1,” claiming that “weed will soon be legal in all 50 states, with a prescription.”

That is also not going to happen.

More realistically perhaps, there has been a rumour that

“The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will reclassify marijuana as a “Schedule Two” drug on August 1, 2016, essentially legalizing medicinal cannabis in all 50 states with a doctor’s prescription, said a DEA lawyer with knowledge of the matter.”

That is definitely more likely to happen than full on legalisation in all 50 states, put into action only by the DEA, an organisation who has been fighting legalization harder than almost anyone else. I know why you’ve seen lots of stories saying that August 1st is the day we finally get liberation in regards to marijuana in the US. It makes for much more shareable content which leads to more revenue in ad clicks.

The article from ‘The DEA Lawyer’ has been shared all over facebook. It’s also pretty badly written, poorly spelled and is of course, anonymous. This makes it hard to believe, along with the fact it’s unlikely the DEA would leak such a plan, if it was their true aim, they would just come out and say it.

The biggest problem, is that even if the article is right and the drug is rescheduled, all it does is acknowledge that it does have some medical use. That doesn’t necessarily lead to much, other than more possible trials. It certainly doesn’t mean that legalization is just round the corner.

I’m more hopeful than most for the eventual legalization of marijuana in the US, and a downgrade to schedule II would be a good step. I’m not holding my breath though.

 

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