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Should marijuana be classified as a Schedule I drug?

  • Marijuana should be classified as a schedule one drug.

    The reasons behind my argument are : 1) it is addictive 2) it causes individuals to be less motivated 3) it has long term effects that cause your brain to show signs of schizophrenia 4) it shows signs of negatively effecting your Motor skills ex: people who are stoned have much slower reactions then those who are not. 5) Some facts from drugabuse.Gov :

    Marijuana overactivates the endocannabinoid system, causing the “high” and other effects that users experience. These effects include altered perceptions and mood, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and disrupted learning and memory.

    Marijuana also affects brain development, and when it is used heavily by young people, its effects on thinking and memory may last a long time or even be permanent. A recent study of marijuana users who began using in adolescence revealed substantially reduced connectivity among brain areas responsible for learning and memory. And a large long-term study in New Zealand showed that people who began smoking marijuana heavily in their teens lost an average of 8 points in IQ between age 13 and age 38. Importantly, the lost cognitive abilities were not fully restored in those who quit smoking marijuana as adults.

    Marijuana smoke is an irritant to the lungs, and frequent marijuana smokers can have many of the same respiratory problems experienced by tobacco smokers, such as daily cough and phlegm production, more frequent acute chest illness, and a heightened risk of lung infections. "

    There is a reason marijuana is illegal and I believe it should stay illegal.
    I used to smoke marijuana. I agree that it does help with nausea and a lost appetite but the good DOES NOT weigh out the bad.

  • I say yes.

    Marijuana is a drug that is not safe. Regardless of what the weed lobby wants you to think, it is not something fit for human consumption. We do not know what kind of effects this drug has on people yet, and it should remain a schedule one drug at all times.

  • Yes, in the opinion of Doctors

    Marijuana is a very harmful drug. This has been proven over and over again. We have an epidemic use of marijuana in our grade and high schools. Psychologists and Medical Doctors are very much in agreement about the addictive nature of this drug, despite organization like NORML. And, most people in jail on marijuana charges are not in jail because of simple possession. They are harden criminals that did other crimes, including selling to minors.

  • Abusive addictive drug

    Harms the body and many other aspects of you and it also harms the people that are around you and there is know need for this to be out there when it can harm the body and the brain and can also hurt your very own loved ones so yes it should be classified as a schedule two drug

  • Yes, marijuana should be classified as a schedule 1 drug.

    I understand it is an herb, and it is better than they synthetic drugs they have out now, but it is still a very addictive drug. There is no reason for a person to try and numb their brains, and that is what mj does. It puts you in a euphoria state and that can lead to accidents. No, people don't die from mj, but the effect it has on a person can.

  • Marijuana should be classified as a schedule one drug.

    The reasons behind my argument are : 1) it is addictive 2) it causes individuals to be less motivated 3) it has long term effects that cause your brain to show signs of schizophrenia 4) it shows signs of negatively effecting your Motor skills ex: people who are stoned have much slower reactions then those who are not. 5) Some facts from drugabuse.Gov :

    Marijuana overactivates the endocannabinoid system, causing the “high” and other effects that users experience. These effects include altered perceptions and mood, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and disrupted learning and memory.

    Marijuana also affects brain development, and when it is used heavily by young people, its effects on thinking and memory may last a long time or even be permanent. A recent study of marijuana users who began using in adolescence revealed substantially reduced connectivity among brain areas responsible for learning and memory. And a large long-term study in New Zealand showed that people who began smoking marijuana heavily in their teens lost an average of 8 points in IQ between age 13 and age 38. Importantly, the lost cognitive abilities were not fully restored in those who quit smoking marijuana as adults.

    Marijuana smoke is an irritant to the lungs, and frequent marijuana smokers can have many of the same respiratory problems experienced by tobacco smokers, such as daily cough and phlegm production, more frequent acute chest illness, and a heightened risk of lung infections. "

    There is a reason marijuana is illegal and I believe it should stay illegal.
    I used to smoke marijuana. I agree that it does help with nausea and a lost appetite but the good DOES NOT weigh out the bad.

  • Marijuana is not schedule 1

    It has medical properties..Pain, nausea and it has cancer killing properties that I have witnessed personally. It does motivate people, it helps with sleep and I do believe it helps with anger and creative thinking. I think that you have to be blind to not see it has medical properties and that it was a victim of a political scam that continues today. I don't really care if they change it or not....It is the #1 cash crop year after year.

  • There is NO valid supporting evidence.

    There is NO valid supporting evidence that it should be on Schedule I. Government officials have used their offices to restrict the proper testing necessary to justify this. Theses decisions need to be proven by science not out of fear or sheer ignorance. Thank goodness that the people are beginning to rise against the corrupt decisions that have mislead so many generations.

  • It is not that addictive

    I have been quit marijuana for over a year and i get no cravings and the main reason i quit is because i got tired of smoking it so how is that addictive. It is mentally addictive but it is no more addictive than caffeine or chewing toothpicks so they better classify toothpicks as schedule 1 before marijuana. Marijuana as a schedule 1 drug is one of the most laughable laws in existence and it's even legal in north korea for crying out loud the world's most repressive country.

  • Marijuana or cannabis should not be part of any Federal or State laws.

    Someone growing marijuana in their yard, though, is hardly interstate commerce. Indeed, it may never leave that address, let alone cross state lines. Add to that the fact that the Constitution clearly reserves “police powers”–the historic general authority to make laws about health, safety, welfare and commerce–to the states; they’re not delegated to the federal government. The fact is regulating marijuana is not a power the Constitution spells out as a federal one, so it is for the states to handle, or the people to keep for themselves via the Tenth Amendment.

    Keep in mind that this plant existed at the time of the founders, as did others that had similar effects. And yet the federal government did not regulate them. Instead, they chose to leave it to the states, which, for the most part, also chose not to regulate it until the last century or so. Indeed, an early federal prohibition against marijuana, the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, was later found unconstitutional on the grounds that it required self incrimination. A new law was quickly put in place and the prohibition evolved from there, never really squaring with the fact that this is clearly an area of the law that should remain under state jurisdiction.
    Further, even though the states can regulate it under their police powers, there is little room to argue that it is more unhealthy than alcohol or prescription pain killers. Both have killed tens of thousands, while marijuana has killed none.

  • In All Technicality, Marijuana Meets The Requirements of a Schedule 2 Drug.

    Technically speaking, marijuana fits the required status of a schedule II drug. A schedule two drug is a drug poses a moderate risk of abuse but also knowingly serves a medicinal purpose such as numbing of pain, thinning of blood, accelerating or assisting the digestive track, etc.

    I, for one, am against the thought of using marijuana as a medical drug but I can not argue against facts. Marijuana does in fact help settle severe pains when used. There are people with pains that other medicines don't seem to temper, marijuana is capable of settling such pains. The two primary requirements for schedule II drugs, moderate risk but known medicinal purpose, are met by marijuana.

    So am I saying that I think marijuana should be the go to drug for lessening pain? No, the use of any drug to such an extent would be superfluous and unnecessary, but the use of marijuana for *severe* pains is more than acceptable in the medical world. Even simple prescription or over the counter drugs have a small risk of addiction or mental instability if overused, but only if they are overused. Using marijuana for medicinal purposes at an acceptable rate would be as useful for curing ailments as ibuprofen or morphine. It has no more potential for abuse than the drugs patients are already being prescribed. When issued to patients in a formal sense, marijuana can be at par with drugs already in the schedule II category.

  • Should marijuana be classified as a Schedule 1 drug?

    No it is NOT "highly addictive" and it does have multiple health benefits which have been scientifically documented. It is therefore scientifically incorrect for cannabis to remain on Schedule 1. WHO has recently declared CBD to be non-addictive, non-psychoactive and very effective in treating disorders ranging from intractable epilepsy to PTSD. Furthermore, the US Govt owns the patent on cannabis as a medical treatment so it's hypocrisy writ large to have other branches of the same (arguably corrupt) government trying to maintain the exact opposite stance. In states which have decriminalised
    cannabis use, overdose rates AND car crashes have decreased. Criminalisation of cannabis leads to contempt for the law - it brings the administration of justice into disrepute. It should be legal

  • We need the ability to study cannabis in the US!

    Schedule I refers to a substance that has NO medical benefits. There are numerous Israeli studies that have ALREADY proved this wrong. Please Google Israeli marijuana studies. It is absurd that marijuana is a higher schedule than cocaine and even fentanyl. How many opioid overdoses has this country been suffering? It is the LEADING cause of death for those under 50 in our country. Marijuana deaths = zero. Impossible to overdose. The system is so broken, and so many nonviolent offenders are overflowing our prisons for marijuana possession. The penalty for a DUI is less than most of the past possession charges, and these people are still sitting behind bars. We need change, and quickly. These laws are SO old fashioned and have absolutely no bearing on what we already know to be true about CBD and THC therapy. I strongly believe with proper studies we can cure many mental disorders, including the opioid epidemic. This is the answer to our prayers and we are being banned from it. Ridiculous.

  • The Classification is Wrong and based on Politics.

    Marijuana has been proven NOT to have the negative effects (addiction) associated with the other Schedule 1 drugs. Additionally there's evidence that it has medicinal value.

    The DEA loves Marijuana mainly because it's a cash cow for their failed Drug War. They along with the major Drug Lords have no interest in re-classification as it will reduce profits.

    Legalize it for adults and tax it.

  • Everything to Moderation

    So many points:
    Nixon made pot a Schedule 1 drug against the advice of the AMA and the Shafer Commission he appointed.
    Our founding fathers grew pot, and it was mandatory crop during WWII.
    Much less harmful than alcohol.
    Medicinal (duh).
    Not as addictive as nearly any other drug.
    Less impact on the environment (for paper and other uses).
    Will of the governed/citizens.

  • Marijuana should be schedule III

    Why? Look up what the hell a schedule I drug is genius. Then look up the many medicinal benefits of marijuana. Next look up the following people: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, LeBron James, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey etc. etc. Why don't you just bother typing up 'famous people who smoked weed' or 'Colorado' or 'California' or 'Washington D.C.' or look up the percentages that you have consumed marijuana in your life.


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