DEA declines to reschedule marijuana

    Marijuana will remain in the category of drugs most closely controlled by the federal government--despite a cultural and political shift in many states around its use and medical benefits.

    The Obama administration isn't going to reclassify marijuana and remove it from the list of the most dangerous drugs, despite a cultural and political shift in many states around its use and medical benefits.

    ABC's Lana Zak has more from Washington, D.C.

    "The DEA decided today to deny requests to move marijuana out of the category of Schedule 1 drugs--like heroin and LSD--writing, "it does not meet the criteria for currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States," despite half the states permitting marijuana use for medical purposes. The DEA also cited -quote "a lack of accepted safety," and saying marijuana has a high potential for abuse. This is a blow to marijuana advocates. And had the DEA decided to reclassify the drug, it could have had legal implications."

    The Drug Enforcement Administration says it consulted with the Health and Human Services Department and concluded that marijuana will remain in the class of drugs that have "no accepted medical use in the United States."

    The agency is opening the door to further medical research of the drug by expanding the number of agencies that can legally grow marijuana for research purposes.

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