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kikie | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted November 26, 2011 at 6:55 AM via web

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marijuana as a schedule II drug

should marijuana be changed to a shedule II drug? explain your viewpoint.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 26, 2011 at 8:22 AM (Answer #2)

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I think it makes sense.  Schedule II drugs are ones that have a high chance of being abused but which have some sort of medical use.  I do believe that marijuana has medical uses.  This has been confirmed by reputable scientists.  Therefore, I see no reason to keep marijuana on Schedule I.

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 26, 2011 at 10:23 AM (Answer #3)

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Changing it to Schedule II would also make the manufacture or distribution a felony if not done through a licenced facility. The scope for criminal activity would increase; it would be harder to keep track of who is or is not using it legally. Also, it would be easier for possessors to claim that their marijuana is medical, thus obfuscating legal issues.

I'm not sure we should focus on classifying and lawmaking in this regard. I think a better avenue to pursue is education and legalization in order to cut the legs out from the pushers.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 27, 2011 at 1:30 AM (Answer #4)

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Well, it would be better in the sense that there seems no logical point to having Marijuana as a Class narcotic in the eyes of the law. I also think the trend among many states to effectively decriminalize the drug altogether by simply making it law enforcement's lowest enfoprcement priority (0 arrests in Seattle for simple Marijuana posession in 2011) or by legalizing it for prescribed medical uses suggests we should take a look at doing so nationally. Keeping it illegal with serious punishments has certainly done nothing to combat its manufacture, sale or use.
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K.P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted November 27, 2011 at 1:56 AM (Answer #5)

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Marijuana does have valid medical uses as does morphine--which is a legal medical drug in the UK--and other opiates used for medical drugs in the US. Making marijuana a Class II medical drug would cause no greater problems--and the same problems--as those for the various medical opiates. These opiates have been approved despite the difficulties of regulating production and manufacture because the benefit has been seen to outweigh the problems.

http://www.helpthehospices.org.uk/about-hospice-care/help-and-support-for-carers/nursing/pain-relief/morphine/

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 27, 2011 at 9:16 AM (Answer #6)

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I will never understand why we deny a drug to people who could benefit from it. Chemotherapy patients, glaucoma sufferers and others could ease their symptoms by the use of marijuana, yet cultural stigmas keep it illegal in many states. I wouldn't have a problem with legalizing it completely while regulating and taxing it, the way that most states do liquor. Few government policies are as misguided and ineffective as our approach (well, really individual state approaches) to dealing with illegal drugs.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 27, 2011 at 7:35 PM (Answer #7)

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I think in one sense it is possible to argue that we cause more problems for ourselves by continuing to insist that marijuana is an illegal drug. Let us remember that marijuana is used for a range of medical purposes. Also, in the UK, police found that they were spending so much time, energy and resources on upholding the law that they didn't have enough manpower to focus on other more pressing and serious infringements of the law.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 28, 2011 at 6:33 AM (Answer #8)

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I would agree that it should be changed to a Schedule II drug rather than a Schedule I. Marijuana has many medical uses. The most well known is probably its use in combating the side effects of chemotherapy for cancer patients. It has also shown promise in other treatment areas. I also think marijuana should be moved to Schedule II because I do not think it falls under the definition "lack of safety." It is my understanding that anyone high enough to harm themselves or others is probably too high to get off the sofa. Maybe that is over generalizing, but I can't understand puting marijuana in the same danger category as something like LSD or heroin.
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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted January 16, 2012 at 11:36 PM (Answer #9)

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Anything that moves toward less regulation is an improvement.  As #7 posted, there are more serious issues on which law enforcement should be spending its limited resources, namely, the violation of Rights.  No one's Rights are violated when marijuana is being used; why anyone chooses to use marijuana is up to that individual.  However, like being drunk, if someone does something stupid while under its influence, ie., violates someone else's Rights, they should suffer the consequences of their actions, and that's the only time law enforcement should act.

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skins333 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 22, 2012 at 10:38 AM (Answer #10)

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I think it makes sense.  Schedule II drugs are ones that have a high chance of being abused but which have some sort of medical use.  I do believe that marijuana has medical uses.  This has been confirmed by reputable scientists.  Therefore, I see no reason to keep marijuana on Schedule I.

 What is your definition of reputable scientists?  Some examples please?  And your definition and example of irreputable scientists?  Thanks in advance.

 

Tony

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skins333 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM (Answer #11)

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marijuana as a schedule II drug

should marijuana be changed to a shedule II drug? explain your viewpoint.

 As someone pointed out earlier, there's no logical sense to keeping it as Schedule I; marijuana has become increasingly decriminalized at the state level; more medical marijuana ballot initiatives are passing than being defeated; and the misallocation of law enforcement's scarce resources has been arrested.

My state, North Carolina, has a similar scheduling scheme (i.e. "Schedule 1, 2, 3, and so) as the Federal Controlled Substances Act. However, in NC marijuna is a schedule 6 drug, and is decriminalized.  First time possessing/selling of less than 45.5 grams results in a slap on the wrist.  And reseanably enough so.  BUT the same crime in a federal court could wind up in legit jail time, or at the very least, fines and other monetized damages that would dwarf the state charges.

Marijuana should stay illegal for some time; however, with respect to its scheduling at the federal level, it's time for some constructive, well-concieved change.

 

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