Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson is predicting that President Obama will take marijuana off the list of Schedule I narcotics before his term is up, according to the Washington Times.
“It’s going to be just like alcohol,” Johnson said Tuesday. “I’m going to predict that Obama, when he leaves office, is going to deschedule marijuana as a Class I narcotic. I wish he would have done that to this point, but I think he’s going to do that going out the door. That’s a positive.”
A move from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug would be a big deal for cannabis patients, providers, and users all over the country. The main distinction between Schedule I and II on the list of federally controlled substances is that Schedule II drugs are found to have some medicinal value. While heroin and LSD are Schedule I and illegal in just about every possible situation, many painkillers such as vicodin or ADD medications like Adderall are Schedule II, so they can be prescribed by a doctor and researched with much greater legal ease.
Will Johnson’s dream come true? We at Dabs Mag hate to speculate, but no, obviously not.
Obama has said previously that it would fall on Congress to reclassify the dank. “What is and isn’t a Schedule I narcotic is a job for Congress,” he told CNN in 2014. “It’s not something by ourselves that we start changing … no, there are laws undergirding those determinations.”
But some argue that actually Obama could legalize weed without his nemesis known as the US Congress. Tom Angell, chairman of the group Marijuana Majority, told the Times that, under the Controlled Substances Act, the president could collaborate with the attorney general and the secretary of Health and Human Services.
But to do that, Barack would have to want it bad. And it doesn’t look like he wants it all that bad. When asked last year about the prospect of federally legalizing cannabis at a public appearance in Jamaica, Obama dropped some conservative-leaning-moderate nonsense, saying that the jury was still out on whether legal cannabis caused crime and drug addiction.
“I do think that if there are states that show that they are not suddenly a magnet for additional crime, that they have a strong enough public health infrastructure to push against the potential of increased addiction then it’s conceivable that that will spur on a national debate, but that is going to be some time off,” the president told a dreadlocked man named Steppa.
So, Obama probably won’t wave a magic wand over our cannabis prohibition problem before he retires into the lap of luxury, but wouldn’t it be nice if he did?
Photo via wikimedia.org