Marijuana opponents like Kevin Sabet want Americans to think that the only people that want to reform marijuana laws are addicted dopers and greedy business types. Marijuana opponents always want to talk about how marijuana reform is bad for children. That’s going to be much harder to do going forward because today the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with a statement urging the federal government to reschedule marijuana to allow more research.
It’s going to be tough for Kevin Sabet to say marijuana reform is bad for kids if children doctors are saying the opposite. Per the Wall Street Journal:
For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency reclassify marijuana so that more research can be conducted in the hopes of finding benefits for children. The influential medical society also proposes that marijuana should be made available on a compassionate use basis for children with debilitating or life-threatening illnesses.
Specifically, the AAP wants marijuana to be removed from the DEA’s Schedule 1 listing for controlled substances, which are not considered to have any “currently accepted medical use in the U.S., a lack of accepted safety for under medical supervision and a high potential for abuse.” Other drugs in this category include heroin, acid and ecstasy.
Instead, the medical society wants marijuana downgraded to the list of Schedule 2 drugs, which are considered to have a “high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.” These include various widely prescribed narcotics, such as oxycodone and fentanyl, as well as morphine and codeine, which are used for medical purposes.
Marijuana is medicine, proven by the fact that the federal government has patents for marijuana based medicines, the federal government grows medical marijuana for research and for patients at the University of Mississippi, and supplies marijuana to four federal medical marijuana patients and use to supply it to others. Those are facts that I repeat over and over and will continue to do so until the sham that is marijuana being classified as Schedule I ends.