US drug agency declines to change marijuana’s strict drug designation

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DEA will not remove drug from Schedule I list in decision that relied heavily on report saying marijuana has ‘no currently accepted medical use in treatment’

The Drug Enforcement Agency will not remove marijuana from the Schedule I drugs list, its head Chuck Rosenberg has announced, despite a bipartisan group of state legislators calling for it.

Rosenberg’s decision was relied heavily on a report by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that marijuana has “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States” and is subject to abuse – the standard for Schedule I drugs as defined by the US Controlled Substances Act

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