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Want Cannabis to Be Reclassified? Tell the Trump Administration

by High Times | Updated on 10.11.18

Anyone with an opinion on cannabis who wants to speak their mind may have a perfect opportunity to do so. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it is seeking public comments on cannabis and cannabis-related policies. The request for feedback and comments comes as officials prepare to write an official statement for the World Health Organization (WHO), which is considering changing its recommendations on international cannabis laws.

Federal Government Seeking Public Comments About Marijuana

The FDA recently published its call for public comments on the U.S. government’s federal register.

According to the document, the FDA “is requesting interested persons to submit comments concerning abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking, and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use” of cannabis and a number of drugs.

The FDA plans to gather and review these comments in preparation for writing an official statement on cannabis and cannabis laws. From there, the agency will send its statement to the WHO.

“WHO will use this information to consider whether to recommend that certain international restrictions be placed on these drugs,” the FDA said.

Currently, international laws and agreements call for the prohibition of cannabis. Theoretically, this obligates countries to make marijuana illegal.

But in practice, that’s not always the case. For example, Uruguay has legalized marijuana despite belonging to international treaties calling for the criminalization of weed.

Additionally, Canada is part of the same treaties. But the country is nonetheless moving ahead with plans to legalize cannabis on Oct. 17.

Now, in light of all this, international groups are reconsidering whether or not marijuana should be illegal. As part of that, the WHO is seeking to study and gauge the effects and impacts that legalizing marijuana might have.

Before weighing in on the issue, the FDA wants to hear from the public. And that’s where the agency’s call for comments comes in. Members of the public have until Oct. 31 to submit comments and feedback.

How to Participate

If you want to take part in these efforts, you have a couple different options.

The quickest way is to submit an electronic statement. To do that, visit the U.S. government’s Regulations page. From there, you can simply type in your comments and provide all necessary information.

As an alternative, you can also mail in a hardcopy of your comments. To do that, check out the FDA’s announcement, which includes detailed instructions and the mailing address.

You should be aware that all electronic comments are made public. So are hardcopy comments sent through the mail.

If you want your comments to remain private, you will have to mail your comments to the FDA. On top of that, be sure to include two copies of your statement.

The first copy should clearly be labeled: “THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.” Then, the second copy should have all sensitive information blacked out.

The FDA will still need to make your comments publicly available. But if you black out the sections you do not want to be made public, the agency said it will publish only the blacked-out, redacted version of your statement.

Either way, be sure you submit all statements no later than Oct. 31 if you want them to be included in the FDA’s comments to the WHO.

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  • Jennifer
    Voted Yes
    10/11/2018
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    No society has ever successfully legislated moral behaviors. Drugs, prostitution, alcohol, etc. Did we learn nothing from Prohibition? The only thing that prohibition has done is increase crime, make criminals out of users, increase the number of criminal cartels and all the additional crime they create, and provide temptation for corruption within law enforcement agencies. I would much rather see the DEA dissolved and those funds diverted towards creating Community Mental Health Centers and Drug Rehab Centers—in every Community. Legalize Marijuana and let the states use the taxes to benefit their own citizens. BUT, there should be harsh penalties—enforced penalties—for driving under the influence or for providing to anyone under 18 years of age. Oh...and those out of work DEA agents? If they want to keep their jobs they should be re-trained for border security, following up on E-Verified employers and visa overstays! Follow Canada’s lead. October17th, it will be legal there. We should do the same.

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  • Barbara
    10/11/2018
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    I feel that this drug would be very helpful for so many people.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    Voted No
    10/11/2018
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    It is not needed nor is it good for America. Effects of cannabis include: an altered state of consciousness. The user may feel "high", very happy, euphoric, relaxed, sociable and uninhibited. distorted perceptions of time and space. The user may feel more sensitive to things around them, and may also experience a more vivid sense of taste, sight, smell and hearing. increased pulse and heart rate, bloodshot eyes, dilated pupils, and often increased appetite. impaired coordination and concentration, making activities such as driving a car or operating machinery difficult and dangerous. negative experiences, such as anxiousness, panic, self-consciousness and paranoid thoughts. People who use large quantities of cannabis may become sedated or disoriented and may experience toxic psychosis - not knowing who they are, where they are, or what time it is. High doses may also cause fluctuating emotions, fragmentary thoughts, paranoia, panic attacks, hallucinations and feelings of unreality. Cannabis side effects Long term effects of heavy use can include: irritation to the lungs, risk of developing chronic bronchitis and an increased risk of developing cancer of the respiratory tract (more likely to do with smoking). exacerbation of pre-existing cardiovascular disease, as cannabis use significantly raises the heart rate. decreased concentration levels, reduced short-term memory and difficulties with thinking and learning (resolved if cannabis use stops). decreased sex drive in some people. Chronic use can lower sperm count in males and lead to irregular periods in females (resolved if cannabis use stops). dependence on cannabis - compulsive need to use the drug, coupled with problems associated with chronic drug use. From drugs.com

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  • TexasTRex
    Voted Maybe
    10/11/2018
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    Definitely NO for recreational use. However, there are some good medicinal uses with the THC removed. It is more natural than a bunch of the pharmaceuticals that are made out of a bunch of questionable chemicals.

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  • Lily
    Voted Yes
    10/11/2018
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    This is long overdue. Reclassify cannabis now. Big pharma will get over it. In fact, I hear they already have their hand in it.

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  • Jean
    10/10/2018
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    Legalize marijuana!

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted No
    10/11/2018
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    “ ManfromNebraska”EXCELLENT COMMENT ON the MARIJUANA RECLASSIFICATION QUESTION: It is not needed nor is it good for America. Effects of cannabis include: an altered state of consciousness. The user may feel "high", very happy, euphoric, relaxed, sociable and uninhibited. distorted perceptions of time and space. The user may feel more sensitive to things around them, and may also experience a more vivid sense of taste, sight, smell and hearing. increased pulse and heart rate, bloodshot eyes, dilated pupils, and often increased appetite. impaired coordination and concentration, making activities such as driving a car or operating machinery difficult and dangerous. negative experiences, such as anxiousness, panic, self-consciousness and paranoid thoughts. People who use large quantities of cannabis may become sedated or disoriented and may experience toxic psychosis - not knowing who they are, where they are, or what time it is. High doses may also cause fluctuating emotions, fragmentary thoughts, paranoia, panic attacks, hallucinations and feelings of unreality. Cannabis side effects Long term effects of heavy use can include: irritation to the lungs, risk of developing chronic bronchitis and an increased risk of developing cancer of the respiratory tract (more likely to do with smoking). exacerbation of pre-existing cardiovascular disease, as cannabis use significantly raises the heart rate. decreased concentration levels, reduced short-term memory and difficulties with thinking and learning (resolved if cannabis use stops). decreased sex drive in some people. Chronic use can lower sperm count in males and lead to irregular periods in females (resolved if cannabis use stops). dependence on cannabis - compulsive need to use the drug, coupled with problems associated with chronic drug use. From drugs.com Reposted

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  • Jim
    Voted Yes
    10/11/2018
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    Cannabis use should be reclassified as a non-addictive drug.

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  • Henry
    Voted Yes
    10/11/2018
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    Legalize marijuana now

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  • David
    Voted Yes
    10/11/2018
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    Making pot legal in Colorado has made it better, cheeped, and safer. Seems silly that the federal government is stuck in its racist past on this issue.

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  • Ellen
    Voted Yes
    10/11/2018
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    Cannabis has legitimate medical uses, therefore Schedule 1 classification is objectively inappropriate. It should be rescheduled and regulated like alcohol and OTC medications.

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  • Tracie
    Voted Yes
    10/11/2018
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    Having marijuana as a schedule 1 narcotic is insane. It has a variety of medical uses for people and pets. Having it continued to be on the same level as heroine and cocaine tells kids that smoking pot is just as bad as these drugs so once they have smoked pot, it’s ok to do heroine and cocaine. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME!!! I beg you, if you have any desire to help this next generation of children, get marijuana off the same level as harder drugs or our society is doomed!

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  • Jessica
    Voted Yes
    10/11/2018
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    It’s time.

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  • ZachtheBipartisan
    Voted Yes
    10/11/2018
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    Easy. It’s less harmful than alcohol and tobacco. Period. Why is it even an illegal substance other than the fact that a greedy politician used propaganda and “false news” to make it illegal in the first place?

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  • Doug
    Voted Yes
    10/11/2018
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    Nothing wrong with it, it’s non addictive, better health than alcohol, so why not!!! LEGALIZE it NOW!!!

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  • Page
    Voted Yes
    10/11/2018
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    Cannabis should be reclassified and states should be in charge of the laws. Hemp should be federally legal.

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  • RickEberhardt
    Voted Yes
    10/11/2018
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    It never should have been classified as it was. Research has been stifled because of a government that didn’t know what it was doing.

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  • Janet
    Voted Yes
    10/11/2018
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    It is ludicrous that it is classified like heroin!

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  • Kaylen
    Voted Yes
    10/11/2018
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    Yes!

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  • Eugene
    Voted No
    10/11/2018
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    We lack the ability to control alcohol, so what makes us think we control this too? To legalize means more auto deaths, impacts on production (office and factory), and more drug babies. Don’t go down the road further. I know of two babies that were born high on drugs, and society will be paying $$ for that mother’s selfish desire to be high. Tragic, I know first hand.

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  • JamieD
    Voted Yes
    10/11/2018
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    It’s overdue.

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  • Mary louise
    Voted Yes
    10/11/2018
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    Reclassify & legalize marijuana. Make it the same as alcohol (or maybe cigarettes-same laws no smoking in car with kids...). As a teenage epileptic and l

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