Since the legalization of recreational marijuana, some states have made it legal to sell products containing THC. Some have made it legal to possess, but illegal to sell. Some have decriminalized it. Some call it marijuana, some call it Cannabis, call it whatever you want, right now, it is a Schedule 1 Drug. What does that even mean?
In the 70’s Congress overhauled the drug laws and created the Controlled Substances Act. The amount of regulation was based on how dangerous the drugs were. These were within a regulatory frame from 1-5, 1 being the most restrictive for drugs that have no medical use and have the most potential for abuse-like Heroin.
It’s a long story but Nixon sent a letter to Congress saying we know that Cannabis does not fit into the Schedule 1 category, but we want you to classify it there anyway. We will be delving more into the history and background in this Workshop that I will be teaching on April 17 at The Grindstone Cafe and Wellness Center at 6:30pm.
Hemp was recently removed from the Schedule 1 classification and moved down to a Schedule 5 drug. But Cannabis still remains in the same category as Heroin. Meaning that it has no medicinal benefit and is dangerous.
First of all, there has never been a recorded death from Cannabis. It is not a substance that one can overdose on. There are no adverse side effects. We have receptors in our body which trigger healing on many levels when we use CBD Oil.
As far as I can see, as soon as there became a ‘Recreational’ classification to it, in addition to it’s known medical uses, referring to it as Medical Marijuana, legalizing it in many states for both purposes, the Schedule 1 classification would no longer stand. With it still in place, what is the message? That it’s ok to use Schedule 1 Drugs? Recreationally? Or that all Schedule 1 Drugs really are safe, do have medicinal benefits and are not dangerous? There are some serious mixed messages going on with this legislation. How would an outsider make sense of it? What is the rational answer?
How can we legalize a Schedule 1 Drug? And prescribe it and even refer to it as medicine? As soon as it became legal in any way, the classification of a Schedule 1 Drug should have been removed. Right?