In a move that will probably delay the acceptance of pot in all U.S. states further, a federal judge did not grant the proposal to exempt marijuana from the Schedule 1 category of dangerous drugs.
According to AP News via Yahoo!, U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller refused the removal of marijuana in the category of dangerous drugs characterized as having “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” The federal judge acknowledges the fact that the drug categorization has not been updated for decades. “It has been 45 years since Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act,” Mueller said. She adds that the changes in society and culture has definitely brought up the need to revisit the classification set by the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) Scheduling.
Despite the circumstances behind a possible yes vote, Mueller said that “this is not the court and this is not the time” to change things in the drug scheduling act.
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws deputy director Paul Armentano expressed that had Mueller rejected the inclusion of marijuana into the Schedule 1 drug category, it “would have been significant because you would have had a federal judge acknowledging what a majority of the public has already concluded: That marijuana does not meet the three criteria of a Schedule 1 drug.”