Attorney General Holder Questions Marijuana’s Classification

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is resigning from his post later this year, suggested in an interview with Katie Couric that it’s time for the federal government to consider reclassifying marijuana.

Reclassification could further open the door for medical and recreational marijuana legalization and the cannabis industry in general, though by how much is unclear.

Currently, marijuana is listed as a Schedule I narcotic, alongside heroin, LSD and ecstasy. In the interview, Holder suggested that marijuana isn’t as dangerous as heroin.

“I think it’s certainly a question that we need to ask ourselves – whether or not marijuana is as serious a drug as is heroin,” Holder said. “The question of whether or not they should be in the same category is something that I think we need to ask ourselves, and use science as the basis for making that determination.”

Holder made the comments after Couric raised the topic of clemency for non-violent drug offenders as a civil rights issue. When she pressed him on whether marijuana should be decriminalized at the federal level, Holder demurred, and said that decision is up to Congress.

The Department of Justice announced Thursday that Holder will resign once a successor is named.

9 comments on “Attorney General Holder Questions Marijuana’s Classification
  1. pallyhubris on

    DEA has the authority to declassify. Jack Lawn, former head of DEA,refused to take such action when his administrative legal aides did the research and recommended it.

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  2. Jeff Brown on

    By law marijuana is currently misclassified as a schedule I substance. A schedule I substance can have no medical use in the United States. It clearly has medical use as over 30 states say it does have some medical use.

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  3. Jeff Brown on

    The DEA’s own law judge Francis Young in Marijuana Rescheduling petition 1988 after extensive hearings called marijuana one of the safest therapuetic substances known to man and recommended it be put in schedule II so that it could be prescribed by doctors. That was over 20 years ago and since 1996 California was the first state and since then over 30 states say there is medical use . The feds are way behind the states and the people. The voice of the people should prevail .

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  4. Denny on

    Holder is just another political puppet. If he had the backbone he could and should have taken the initiative to reclassify it years ago. His boss has not come through on his promise either, so neither one of them has shown any fortitude, and that is the reason they are in politics.

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  5. tim shafer on

    It needs reclassified now and should have been reclassified when Obama got into office. That would have saved thousands of lives ruined by prosecutions that should have never taken place for cannabis Obama should grant pardons to those who have been convicted of cannabis offenses. That would be the right thing to do.

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