DEA Plans to Soon Decide Whether to Reschedule Marijuana to Acknowledge Medicinal Benefits

MarijuanaBy Steve Neavling

For decades, marijuana has been classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which means it has no accepted medical use.

Now the DEA may soon decide whether to reclassify marijuana in the first half of 2016, the agency said in a letter to senators, the Huffington Post reports. 

The DEA was responding to a request by eight Democratic senators who want the federal government to conduct more research into marijuana’s medical benefits.

“DEA understands the widespread interest in the prompt resolution to these petitions and hopes to release its determination in the first half of 2016,” DEA said the 25-page letter, obtained by The Huffington Post.

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