Dr. Gupta’s quote is a timely one, as just last week the DEA decided not to reschedule marijuana, or in Dr. Gupta’s words, to keep that door locked. Meanwhile, the demand for change continues to rise, as several communities such as those in Nashville and Johnstown are moving toward decriminalization just this week, and the majority of California voters are on board to legalize in California this November.
What’s more, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that despite the DEA’s decision not to reschedule cannabis, the Department of Justice cannot raid medical marijuana businesses in legalized states under Ninth Circuit jurisdiction (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington). The desired change welling up from the people will eventually lead to full legalization nationwide and will eventually force the DEA to deschedule altogether.
The door has got to be unlocked someday. We’re well past due.