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Why isn't there more research on medical marijuana?

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Why hasn't more research been done? One reason is that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers marijuana a Schedule I drug, the same as heroin, LSD, and ecstasy, and likely to be abused and lacking in medical value. Because of that, researchers need a special license to study it.

That may not change anytime soon; the DEA considered reclassifying marijuana as a Schedule II drug like Ritalin or oxycodone, but ultimately kept it as a Schedule I drug.

The agency did, however, agree to support additional research on marijuana and make the process easier for researchers.

SOURCES:

For FAQ

Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD, adjunct assistant professor, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

National Conference of State Legislatures: "State Medical Marijuana Laws."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Drug Facts: Is Marijuana Medicine?" "Is Marijuana Addictive?"

Drug Enforcement Administration: "Drug Schedules."

Department of Health and Human Services.

Kaur, R. , April 2016. Current Clinical Pharmacology

PDQ Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Editorial Board: "Cannabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ)."

Schrot, R. , May 2016. Annals of Medicine

Epilepsy Foundation: "Learn About Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy."

News release, Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s office.

News release, Insys Therapeutics, Inc.

For Marijuana Map:

Governing.com: “State Marijuana Laws Map.”

NCSL: “State Medical Marijuana Laws.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 15, 2018

SOURCES:

For FAQ

Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD, adjunct assistant professor, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

National Conference of State Legislatures: "State Medical Marijuana Laws."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Drug Facts: Is Marijuana Medicine?" "Is Marijuana Addictive?"

Drug Enforcement Administration: "Drug Schedules."

Department of Health and Human Services.

Kaur, R. , April 2016. Current Clinical Pharmacology

PDQ Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Editorial Board: "Cannabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ)."

Schrot, R. , May 2016. Annals of Medicine

Epilepsy Foundation: "Learn About Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy."

News release, Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s office.

News release, Insys Therapeutics, Inc.

For Marijuana Map:

Governing.com: “State Marijuana Laws Map.”

NCSL: “State Medical Marijuana Laws.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 15, 2018

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