Substance Schedules and Cannabis
“I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?” – Willie Nelson
Recently a local cannabis business I work with was vandalized along with several other neighboring businesses. This incident was the result of an individual under the influence of a schedule 2 controlled substance.
The U.S. government assigns drugs to schedules because they believe these drugs don’t have accepted medical uses. Instead, they believe they have abuse potential and a likelihood of causing dependence.
Here’s a peek of the top 2 schedules:
Schedule 1: Cannabis, heroin, LSD, peyote, quaaludes, and ecstasy
Schedule 2: Oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine, opium, and methamphetamine
I call attention to these drug schedules because cannabis has been unfairly placed as a schedule 1 substance. I think we can all agree that cannabis isn’t like any of its fellow schedule 1 substances, nor schedule 2 substances. I firmly believe that it does have medical uses and has few negative side effects.
These schedules are antiquated, and I'm optimistic that change is coming. I know this because 18 states plus D.C. have legalized cannabis for medical and recreational use. This wave means that the removal of cannabis from the list of schedule 1 substances is in sight. In the meantime, my client will repair the damage done to their business and they'll continue to provide cannabis knowing that it is a substance that brings healing and delight to all who consume it.