Is Marijuana A Controlled Substance? Wait… What Is A Controlled Substance?



A controlled substance is a drug or chemical whose manufacture, possession, and use are regulated by the government. The regulation takes into account factors such as medical use, potential for abuse, and safety or dependence liability. Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), substances are classified into five schedules based on these criteria. Controlled substances require special prescriptions and strict protocols for prescription transmission.

Marijuana As A Schedule I Controlled Substance

Currently, cannabis is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under the CSA. This indicates an allegedly high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. 

However, increasingly abundant scientific research and evolving public attitudes have led to recommendations for its

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