Pro-medical cannabis legislators, organizations upset after DEA announcement

Pro-medical cannabis legislators, organizations upset after DEA announcement (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) For some time Utah State Legislators, like Sen. Mark Madsen and Sen. Brian Shiozawa, have been pushing for increased medical cannabis in the state of Utah.

Following the approval of the resolution that would, “Reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug and encourages researchers to investigate the benefits of medical marijuana,” the Drug Enforcement Administration responded saying it still sees marijuana as illegal, still limiting that research.

DEA Statement:

Based on the legal standards in the CSA, marijuana remains a schedule I controlled substance because it does not meet the criteria for currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, there is a lack of accepted safety for its use under medical supervision, and it has a high potential for abuse.

Drugs are classified in groups, from most dangerous to least dangerous. Those classifications are listed as schedule 1 to 5. Cannabis is schedule I, along with other drugs like heroin and ecstasy and the designation means it is not for medical use.

Shiozawa’s said one of their goals with the resolution was to change cannabis’s classification from schedule I to schedule II, which lifts the restrictions on medical use and research.

If you’d like to hear reaction from Utah State Legislators and local Libertarian groups who backed them, watch the story above.

To read the full release sent out by the DEA, visit

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