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Federal Judge Keeps Marijuana a Schedule 1 Drug

Federal Judge Keeps Marijuana a Schedule 1 Drug

Today a federal judge in Sacramento upheld the 1970 ruling that puts marijuana in the same class as heroin and cocaine.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller recently held a five day hearing on marijuana’s schedule one status, with several prominent news organizations speaking their voice leading up to the ruling.

NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano, cited Mueller’s conclusion – that it was up to the U.S. Congress to decide on the matter.

“At some point in time, a court may decide this status to be unconstitutional,” Mueller said, “But this is not the court and not the time.”

The conclusion did not come as a surprise, with many expecting a ruling of opinion and no overall schedule change.

In reaction to this, Armentano stated,

“We applaud Judge Mueller for having the courage to hear this issue and provide it the careful consideration it deserves.”

He continued,

“While we are disappointed with this ruling, it changes little. We always felt this had to ultimately be decided by the 9th Circuit and we have an unprecedented record for the court to consider.”

A hearing of this detail and magnitude regarding the federal government’s position on marijuana has not happen in decades. Many think it came as a response to a pretrial defense motion in multiple cases by the feds against alleged illegal marijuana growers.

The decision was announced by Mueller in the courtroom Wednesday morning, with a written ruling to follow in the coming weeks.

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