Credibility Gap: Feds continue to say cannabis is more dangerous than cocaine, methamphetamine, and oxycodone

From the DEA website:

Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:

  • heroin
  • lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
  • marijuana (cannabis)
  • 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy)
  • methaqualone
  • peyote

Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, less abuse potential than Schedule I drugs, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous. Some examples of Schedule II drugs are:

  • Combination products with less than 15 milligrams of hydrocodone per dosage unit (Vicodin)
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Methadone
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin)
  • Fentany,
  • Dexedrine
  • Adderall
  • Ritalin

It’s a little hard to have a serious conversation when the opposing side’s party line is as seemingly out of touch as this classification is to our current understanding of the potential benefits of medical marijuana. While we can debate the degree of its value, there is no question that there are medical uses of cannabis. To say that it is more dangerous than cocaine, methamphetamine and the others on the list is just silly. Of course we are not the first to suggest this and the ongoing debate is chronicled here

If you are wondering how silly the defenders of the Schedule 1 classification look. Check out this quote from from Food and Drug Administration about concerning marijuana’s "high potential for abuse" despite the drug’s lack of physiological addictiveness:

The large number of individuals using marijuana on a regular basis and the vast amount of marijuana that is available for illicit use are indicative of widespread use.

By this reasoning, listening to music has a high potential for abuse since a large number of individuals listen to music on a regular basis and the vast amount of music that is available for illicit use (BiTorrent). 

By: Wesley