Medical Marijuana Facts Sheet

The following is a facts sheet we assembled on the issue of medical marijuana some months ago. You can download it here.

Marijuana is a Schedule I Controlled Substance

Marijuana is on the list of Schedule I controlled substances. Congress created this list in the 1970s to regulate the use and abuse of drugs in America. Schedule I substances are substances that carry a high risk of abuse, have little or no known medical value, and are illegal to possess, use or distribute.

Schedule I substances are regulated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, not the Food and Drug Administration. They cannot be used in clinical testing, except under very strict guidelines and supervision from the DEA. Congress and the DEA are the only government entities that can change the laws governing the use of marijuana.


Arkansas News: Medical Marijuana Initiative Lacking in Signatures

This is news from Friday, but just in case you missed it, the proposal to place medical marijuana on the November ballot fell way short of the signatures it needed. Arkansas News Bureau reports: “Arkansas for Compassionate Care submitted 65,413 signatures, of which only 36,495 were valid signatures of Arkansas voters, the secretary of state’s office said. The group needs 62,507 signatures to get the proposal on the ballot.” The group has 30 days to gather the valid signatures it needs to have their initiative approved for the ballot. Our opinion is that it’s very unlikely that they’ll be able to accomplish this, considering the massive deficit they’d have to overcome in such a short amount of time. We are watching this closely, however.