Jacob Sullum in Forbes: What Would Rescheduling Marijuana Accomplish?C

In a CNN interview that aired last week,
President Obama incorrectly claimed that moving marijuana to a less
restrictive legal category would require an act of Congress. He
therefore did not address the merits of reclassifying marijuana
administratively. From the perspective of people who believe
marijuana should be legalized for medical or general use, Jacob
Sullum writes in Forbes, the advantages of such a move are
not as substantial as you might think. But neither are they, as
UCLA drug policy expert Mark Kleiman claims, “identically
zero.” Sullum says rescheduling marijuana would have some
significant practical effects, perhaps the most important of which
would be to advance a more honest discussion of the drug’s hazards
and benefits.

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