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October 16th, 2012
11:04 AM ET

Should medical marijuana be reclassified? Americans for Safe Access's Sherer on the group's case against the DEA

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the issue of medical marijuana goes before a federal court today. Right now, federal law list marijuana as a Schedule I drug, along with most dangerous drugs such as heroin and LSD, as having a potential for abuse.

Today, medical marijuana advocates will try to change that and reclassify pot so it can be used for treating diseases. The group argues it should be on schedule III drugs, with other more common medications like Vicodin and Tylenol with codeine. Similar attempts have failed in the past. But this time, the advocacy group Americans for Safe Access feels they have a shot.

This morning on "Early Start," Americans for Safe Access's executive director Steph Sherer explains why medical marijuana should be reclassified.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Fred Evil

    The Prohibition is ending soon, rational people and reasoned science will win the day!

    November 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  2. blarg

    How is marijuana in any way like LSD and Heroin? In fact, how is marijuana worse than Tylenol with Codeine, Oxycontin and Vicodin? You can overdose on all the drugs I just listed....except marijuana. SMH.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  3. Cameron

    LSD is a dangerous drug? LSD deserves to be lumped in the same category as the highly addictive and considerably more risky drug "heroine" (it's heroin, by the way)? Another unfortunate and quite idiotic flaw in the beaurocratic system of bs that is this thing we call the Drug Schedule.

    October 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  4. kyle

    marijiuana has many different ways of helpping people it helps with stress, people who cant eat due to certain medical issuses and i have not once seen or herd about someone over dose under the influence of it

    October 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  5. jameswaugh123

    happy to hear we are making growth in the dea dept! America needs to get up and understand the probable for marijuana medically and financially to turn our country around!

    Proficient Medical Attorneys

    October 17, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
  6. Ty51

    To all people against medical marijuana use are ignorant and uneducated about the subject matter. Marijuana has been around since 6000 B.C. No one has ever been reported of over dosing on marijuana use. There is no long term health problem or side effects. It's a proven fact that coffee has more chemicals than marijuana, and only 1% of people who use marijuana go on to use harder drugs. If medical marijuana does become legal then it doesn't mean everyone can do it, only people with regulated doctors permission to use for some type of medical problem. Why do people have an issue with this, I can tell you why, the idea of marijuana is bad has been beaten into the minds of many Americans. So, now they just assume its bad without ever questioning what it does and what it can do. The media for the past 40 years has told everyone that cannabis is bad, it destroys lives. When in reality it's the opposite.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:47 am | Reply
    • sam stone

      why just medical?

      October 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  7. Vincent

    I wish I was able to openly support this on my Facebook page without having to worry about it affecting my current employment and/or future job prospects.

    October 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply

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