Could The Classification of Marijuana Change?
Written by Matt Casasanta
Last updated on February 15, 2014 @ 11:41PM
Created on February 15, 2014 @ 11:19PM
Marijuana has been a hot button issue since a few states have legalized it for recreational use. So, what could be the next step here in West Virginia?
Officials say that a group of lawmakers are pushing to have marijuana removed from it's classification as a dangerous narcotic.
Currently, the federal government has weed in the same category as heroin and ecstasy as a schedule one controlled substance, meaning a drug with the high potential for abuse and with no medical use.
Many people agree that this classification makes no sense.
"I think declassifying weed would actually be a good idea. I don't believe that it's actually a dangerous narcotic. It's natural and I don't see any bad effects from it. I don't believe it's a gateway drug. If people are going to want to do other drugs they are. Using marijuana is not going to do any thing for that," said Megan Prater, a Gilmer County resident.
Some people still see marijuana as a gateway drug and that it should keep its current classification.
"I don't think it's a very good idea due to the fact that I think it would lead to heavier drug usage. I've had friends who have used it and it led to big problems. So I don't think it's a good idea," said Rodney Nelson, a Harrison County resident.
President Obama recently said that he believes marijuana is no more dangerous than drinking alcohol. For now pot will remain a schedule one substance and the president still remains opposed to nationwide decriminalization of the drug.
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