DEA Chief: Cannabis ‘Certainly is Not as Dangerous’ As Other Schedule 1 Drugs, Opposes Rescheduling Anyway
Chuck Rosenberg, Chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), stated in a recent interview that he believes cannabis “certainly is not as dangerous as other Schedule I controlled substances”. Despite this, Rosenberg says that cannabis has no medical value, and should remain a Schedule 1 drug which puts it alongside actually dangerous substances such as heroin.
In May, Rosenberg was selected by President Obama to succeed Michele Leonhart, who stepped down amidst controversy. Just a few months later, in August, Rosenberg made the news and excited cannabis reform advocates by saying that “heroin is clearly more dangerous than cannabis”, a fact that no prior DEA Chief has been willing to admit.
Now, in an interview with Fox News, Rosenberg says that despite cannabis being “clearly” not as dangerous as other Schedule 1 drugs, he “frankly [doesn’t] see a reason to remove” it from its current scheduling.
In regards to the medical value of cannabis, Rosenberg said; “If we come up with a medical use for it, that would be wonderful. But we haven’t.”
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