It’s widely known that the United States government considers marijuana to be just as dangerous as heroin. Both drugs are on schedule 1, classified as being extremely dangerous with no known medical use. This is obviously insane given the amount of evidence pointing to the contrary.
Finally, it looks like the DEA might be ready to admit that it’s been wrong this entire time. Well, the news might not be THAT exciting, but a recent statement from the head of the DEA signals a slight change in tune. Per The Joint Blog:
Chuck Rosenberg, head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), says that “heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana”, the first sitting DEA chief to admit what most people have known for years.
The comment was made by Rosenberg during a conference with reporters on Wednesday morning. Rosenberg was clarifying comments he made last week, when he said that cannabis is “probably not” as dangerous as heroin.
Although most people understand that heroin is far more dangerous than the non-lethal cannabis plant, federal law still finds the two substances in the same category, with both being Schedule 1 controlled substances.
It’s notable that Rosenberg is the first DEA head in American History to admit this. Think about how insane that is for a second.
Does this mean that the DEA is ready to reschedule marijuana? Probably not. But it’s a sign of some progress, which from our government can be hard to come by.