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POLITICS: GOP Platform Will Not Endorse Medicinal Marijuana

Here's the breakdown on the recent political news surrounding the two parties' platforms when it comes to medicinal marijuana. 

  • Federally, marijuana or cannabis is categorized as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.  

  • According to the DEA, "Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence." 

  • Other drugs considered to be Schedule I include heroin and ecstasy. 

  • The other day, the Democratic Party decided to endorse a plan that they see as a "pathway" to cannabis legalization.

  • One of the key stepping stones on this pathway would be to change marijuana's classification  under the Controlled Substances Act. 

  • The Republican delegates just voted at the GOP Platform Committee meeting on Monday as to whether or not they would be backing medicinal marijuana.

  • Using unfounded reasoning, delegates likened marijuana's addictive properties with drugs such as OxyContin and Percocet.

  • With only a portion of the republican delegates able to see the potential medicinal qualities of marijuana, it was voted down in their second vote. 


References & Further Reading:


DEA Drug Schedules & Definitions


The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 - Overview


"Democrats call for 'pathway' to marijuana legalization" - David Weigel (Washington Post)


"Medical Marijuana Fails To Make GOP Platform After Vigorous Debate" - Igor Bobic (Huffington Post)


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