Danielle Sapega wrote about the rise of medical marijuana and the growing trends. Humans have used marijuana in one form or another for thousands of years. Once considered a medication, marijuana was dropped from the United States Pharmacopoeia in 1941 for lack of any accepted medical use. In 1972, as part of President Richard Nixon’s “war on drugs,” Attorney General John Mitchell placed marijuana on the federal list of controlled substances, indicating that it had a high potential for abuse. It has remained on the Schedule I list ever since. Other Schedule I substances include, but are not limited to: heroin (diacetylmorphine), mescaline (peyote), lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and methaqualone (Quaaludes).
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