In the United States, medical marijuana is not legal in all states and only half the country’s patients can be treated with cannabis. In addition to this, some advocates in states like Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska are willing to legalize recreational marijuana. However, all of this could change if the DEA reclassifies the plant away from scheduling. Expectations have increased since the DEA announced that the agency would consider whether or not to reschedule cannabis by June 2016.
The DEA classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 for having ‘high potential for abuse and not medical benefits’. For the federal government, this plant does not have any beneficial healing qualities, and it is deemed to be illicit.
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