Press Release Issued:
IASIC Opposes the Removal of Cannabis from Schedule 1

BURLINGTON, Vermont – June 25, 2024 – The International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis (IASIC) released its official statement against the proposed rescheduling of Cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act:

As physicians and concerned citizens of the United States of America, the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis believes that re-scheduling will have immediate and irreparable harm to the public health and vehemently oppose the removal of cannabis from Schedule 1. Specific objections include (1) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) inappropriately changed the definition of currently acceptable medical use (CAMU); (2) Even under the new definition, cannabis still does not meet the requirements for CAMU; (3) Proper regulation of cannabis as a schedule 3 drug cannot be achieved while non-medical cannabis commerce is allowed.

“HHS and those who are pushing rescheduling of cannabis are unaware or ignoring the huge amount of science on the medical harms of cannabis. There is zero benefit and only problems to be had from rescheduling,” said Eric A. Voth, MD, FACP, President and Chairman of the Board, The International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis.

An official request for a hearing with the DEA has been submitted by IASIC during the current open comment period, with its leadership urging the presentation of medical and scientific research from its physician-driven organization of international experts on cannabis.

IASIC has provided substantial education and background on the impending harm of the proposed rescheduling in its monthly speaker series on June 11th as well as on the High Truths on Drugs and Addiction podcast with episode #182: High Truths on Drugs and Addiction on Rescheduling of Marijuana with IASIC.

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