Feds Want Your Input On Marijuana Reclassification

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Trump’s Food and Drug Administration has been compelled by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) to ask the American public a very timely question – should marijuana be reclassified under Article 2 of the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances?

WHO will convene in a special session in Geneva, Switzerland, June 4 – 8 to review the following substances:

  • Cannabis plant and cannabis resin
  • Extracts and tinctures of cannabis
  • Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
  • Isomers of THC

On Monday, the Office of the Federal Register  published a notice requesting “interested persons” submit their comments “on or before April 23, 2018.”

A simple ask of the American public, the requested comments seek input on potentially reclassifying the cannabis plant and its therapeutic compounds on a global scale.

Per the Federal Register, the FDA is asking individuals submit their comments regarding potential abuse, actual abuse, medicinal efficacy, drug trafficking, and the potential impact of rescheduling marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The WHO questionnaire asks individuals about their therapeutic use of the cannabis plant’s resin, extracts, tinctures, THC, and CBD oil – and whether or not the products were “approved” for “therapeutic” use in their country of origin. The World Health Organization’s survey was specifically designed to collectively gather relevant information on the plant’s legitimate use, harmful use, and legal status.

Paragraph (d)(2)(A) of the CSA (21 U.S.C. 811) (Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970) provides that when WHO notifies the United States under Article 2 of the Psychotropic Convention that it has information that may justify adding a drug or other substances to one of the schedules of the Psychotropic Convention, transferring a drug or substance from one schedule to another, or deleting it from the schedules, the Secretary of State must transmit the notice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary of HHS). The Secretary of HHS must then publish the notice in the Federal Register and provide opportunity for interested persons to submit comments that will be considered by HHS in its preparation of the scientific and medical evaluations of the drug or substance.”

In a November 2017 pre-review report on cannabidiol, WHO concluded the cannabis plant’s non-psychoactive CBD cannabinoid may have therapeutic benefits for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, psychosis, anxiety, depression, cancer, nausea, inflammatory diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, IBS/ Crohn’s disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetic complications.

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18 Comments

    • WOW, you really have no idea what your saying GWITCHEN NATIVE! Yes most drugs that have known negative effects (opioids or the like) should be on the #1 schedule list but
      If you make all drugs illegal that would include everything from aspirin, alcohol, cigarettes, to what is on the schedule list from the DEA, how is that going to help? That just makes for a larger and more dangerous black market.

    • Make this plant legal change the law . Marijuana is better for you than Alcohol. If you were to drive 120 miles an hour under the influence it would Be Alcohol not Marijuana. If you were to act crazey and wave a gun around it would be under the influence of Alcohol not Marijuana. And Marijuana helps with pain and Alcohol creates pain. They are finding many medical benefits of Marijuana.

  1. I think it should be legal not only because we’re supposed to live in a free country. Not just because it’s mostly harmless but also we could be funding education other useful programs such as helping people get and stay sober from other addictions, which are far more dangerous. Also, hemp grows fast and works well. Don’t worry about the dinosaur corporations. Let the world change, for the better.

  2. Cannabis has not killed anyone ever. This plant should be descheduled completely i is very useful and medically it is practically unstudied. The government studies were done with prejudicial preordained results!
    It is past time to let the lies about cannabis die and start studies that don’t have the results decided before the studies are done.

  3. It’s a natural plant that the law is waisting time and money on. Legalize decriminalize and take off the schedule list.

  4. wendy bailey-hill on

    REMOVE THE CRIMINAL AND FRAUDULENT PROHIBITION OFF OF CANNABIS [ A HERB, FLOWER ] – CANNABIS GROWN IN NATURE AS NATURE INTENDED – FOR THE PLANET FOR THE PEOPLE AND OTHER SENTIENT BEINGS – THE PROHIBITION ON CANNABIS HAS CAUSED MUCH SUFFERING TO THE PEOPLE AND MANY DEATHS – AND MUCH DESTRUCTION TO THE PLANET – THE WRONG PEOPLE ARE IN JAIL – CANNABIS IS NOT A DRUG – CANNABIS IS A HERB, FLOWER AND IT HAS BEEN BASTARDISED BY THE GREEDY, THE INSANE – CANNABIS FOR MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT –

  5. This is a call to action! Let you voice be heard! Rescheduling cannabis will help all those patients benefitting from its medicinal use, facilitating reciprocity and equal access when traveling between states with medical marijuana laws.

  6. Robert Valente on

    Medical cannabis should be OK in every state in the USA as it has helped many people for many years , from everything from chronic pain to cancer !! When is this going to happen ?? How many more folks have to suffer everyday with pain that can be reduced with small amounts of cannabis ? I have been on disability for 8 years now and have inoperative artistes and bursa in my lower back and hips , and have been on pain killers for 16 years now and now that the government makes the rules on how much we can use per day , I have to HURT most everyday , its not fair to folks by no choice of there own have to live with pain. God Bless all that are suffering everyday due to the rules set fourth by law makers that are not chronic pain suffers . PLEASE FIX THIS FOR THE MANY THAT HURT EVERYDAY.

    • Yes, Phillip, the Federal Government Patent, held by the government, that states cannabis may have medial use. Can the Feds actually hold a patent? On that note, are we not the government? Shouldn’t we have access?

  7. lets be real here it is most 100percent a gateway drug ask any junkie what the first drug they did its pot without a doubt. would u want some pothead fixing ur engine? how about ur brake job?yea real safe ow how abut some doctor performing heart surgery.do u want ur kids stoned.it needs to be stopped.great way to make the whole population dumber too legal weed whats next legal coke?

    • And no one ever asks, why is it illegal. It was allowed until the 1930’s, when it was outlawed for racist reasons. Reclassified by President I’m not a crook Nixon, as prohibited class 1 having no medical benefit. For no other reasoning than Nixon saw it as a way to undermine political opponents protesting for civil rights and peace by ending the Vietnam war. Just read the history of marijuana laws. Nixon and former cronies are all gone but the most racist and inhumane of laws they created continue on. If someone is sick and something could help them why would anyone else care what that may be.

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