Target: Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator of Drug Enforcement Administration
Goal: Ease restrictions on medical research of marijuana and reduce penalties for marijuana-related criminal offenses.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will decide whether to reclassify marijuana under federal law and remove it from its list of Schedule I drugs. Reclassifying marijuana would make it easier for researchers to conduct studies on the medical benefits of marijuana and would reduce penalties for criminal offenses related to the drug.
The Schedule I category, which includes heroin and LSD, is for drugs that the DEA considers to have the highest potential for abuse and no “current accepted medical use.” It’s ridiculous that marijuana is grouped into this category, especially with so much evidence of the medical benefits of marijuana.
Reclassifying marijuana has the potential to change millions of lives by opening up opportunities for federal research of the drug and by reducing penalties and therefore the number of people who are incarcerated for marijuana-related offenses. Urge the DEA to reclassify marijuana and change lives.
Dear Mr. Rosenberg,
Your administration has said it’s considering reclassifying marijuana from a Schedule I drug, where it’s currently classified alongside heroin and LSD. Marijuana’s current classification is ridiculous as there is a plethora of research that shows marijuana is nothing near heroin or LSD.
Reclassifying marijuana would allow federal research of the drug to see its medical benefits and would reduce penalties and the number of people who are incarcerated for marijuana-related offenses. Changing marijuana from a Schedule I drug is the right choice, and I urge you to do it.
[Your Name Here]
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