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Cannabis Law: The Federal Government and Cannabis

Despite cannabis becoming legal in many U.S. states, it is still technically illegal under federal law. The federal government regulates drugs through the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), which places drugs into five schedules based on their medicinal value and potential for abuse. The category of Schedule I means the drug has a high potential for abuse with no medicinal benefits, while Schedule V means there is lower potential with an accepted medicinal use.

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Cannabis is currently a Schedule I drug under the CSA, which is the same schedule as heroin and LSD. Cocaine is considered a schedule II drug, so according to the CSA, cocaine has a lower potential for abuse than Cannabis. Though the CSA may seem outdated, it is still in effect as of this writing.

The Obama administration convinced the DEA to allow legal, licensed cannabis business to go about business without the fear of the DEA barging in, as long as they continue to follow state regulations. Bloom Brothers #1 priority is compliance, so relax, you can enjoy purchasing your cannabis without fear of the federal government.

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