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Shifted views about marijuana don't end in shifted classification

Earlier this month, Massachusetts added another medical marijuana dispensary to its state's list when the first dispensary in Boston opened its doors. Just several days later, the U.S. government confirmed that it would not reclassify marijuana from a Schedule 1 drug to something lesser. 

Well, this is confusing, isn't it? That is the state of marijuana laws in this country and has been for some time. While there is a growing acceptance of the drug -- even recreationally -- throughout the country, federal officials have fought that acceptance. The decision earlier this month suggests the fight and thus the confusion continue.

A substance classified as a Schedule 1 drug basically means that scientists don't believe the substance serves a measurable medical benefit to users. Would you be surprised to hear that marijuana is classified in the same way as heroin and LSD? You might, especially if you live in Massachusetts and know someone who legally buys and uses medicinal marijuana because state laws allow that. 

In February, we shared a post about a push for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. Might this recent federal announcement about the drug impact that potential law change? Might it impact the current medical marijuana laws already in effect in the state?

As for what is on the ballot, we cannot say for sure. However, in medical marijuana cases, the U.S. Department of Justice has been given orders that clarify matters a bit. Our next post will lay out the court decision and how it might impact Worcester residents who rely on medical pot as a means to enjoy a better quality of life. 

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