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    DEA to consider rescheduling marijuana — for the fourth time


    A bumpy ride

    The possibility of a change in category for marijuana gives rise to the prospect of some turbulence, since many states have already provided for the passage of disparate laws that relegate the growing and dispensing of marijuana to specified licensees without regard to existing federal laws; a change in classification means that the licensees may be exposed to a new level of competition and federal regulation.

    Although it is largely unclear whether DEA will move away from its traditional position maintaining the present classification of  marijuana, there has been an unprecedented movement from industry stakeholders to bring political pressure on DEA to reschedule marijuana. This has included asking President Obama to make such reclassification a priority before he leaves office. 

    Ned Milenkovich, PharmD, JD
    This article is not intended as legal advice and should not be used as such. When legal questions arise, pharmacists should consult with ...

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      I do not want to turn this article into a discussion of whether or not marijuana has medical uses and should be looked into from that perspective. I do suggest there are many people such as myself who look at Marijuana as a beginners drug to the use of other drugs that we are now seeing what is known as an "epidemic' in opioid usage and subsequent deaths related to such usage. There are ethical considerations when you permit recreational use of such a drug. Bertram Drachtman R.Ph.