DEA Announcement has Confirmed Contradictions

So as many of you have most likely heard yesterday the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced yesterday that they were not going to be rescheduling Cannabis. There reason?

“Based on the legal standards in the CSA, marijuana remains a schedule I controlled substance because it does not meet the criteria for currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, there is a lack of accepted safety for its use under medical supervision, and it has a high potential for abuse.” (source:

This is an odd statement for the DEA to make since there are 25 states and the District of Columbia all have one kind of medical law or another for the use of Cannabis for a various of medical conditions with the first state doing so in 1996–20 years ago. So there has been two decades to figure out if cannabis is medicine or not.The result is more and more states keep enacting medical laws because they see the medical value of cannabis.

The primary medical component in cannabis that most medical patient use is the cannabinod called tetrahydrocannabinol also more commonly known as THC, but also known as dronabinol and is even listed as an alternative name for THC  in the DEA’s Orange Book of Alphabetic listing of scheduled drugs found on the DEA’s website. Here I have the listings of Cannabis, THC and dronabinol.

This is what the makers of Marinol say this about their own product,

“MARINOL (MARE-in-all) Capsules is part of a class of medications called cannabinoids. The active ingredient of MARINOL Capsules is man-made dronabinol (dro-NAB-in-all), also chemically known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC is also a naturally occurring component of marijuana.”

I find this to be a huge contradiction that Dronabinol made synthetically into Marinol can be approved by the FDA and be considered medicine and cannabis is not. If according to the DEA Dronabinol and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the same thing shouldn’t cannabis become a Schedule 3 just like Marinol being that Marinol is nothing but synthetic THC and THC being the medically active component of cannabis?


Please share this so we can hopefully get drug policy that make sense and not one that only benefit the pharmaceutical industry.

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