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The Big Idea for Saturday, February 25, 2012

When marijuana was classified as as a Schedule 1 agent under the federal Controlled Substances Act in 1970, not much was known about the drug. 

Nonetheless, it was declared that marijuana had "high abuse potential" and no "currently accepted medical use." What has followed is "40 years of not thinking about it very much," J. Michael Bostwick told Big Think in a recent interview. And yet the science over the last several decades has rendered the current classification of marijuana completely obsolete.

It was not until the 1990s, Bostwick notes, that "the far-reaching modulatory activities of the endocannabinoid system" were appreciated, and with that, "the possibility of many pharmaceutical applications."

Our culture and our politics have advanced a long way as well in the last 40 years. Is it time to reclassify marijuana and allow research and trials to happen? 


  1. 1 Reefer Madness: It's Time For a Logical Policy on Marijuana
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 Ziggy Marley: Hemp Can Save the World
    Mark Cheney Think Tank
  3. 3 Fast Times at High Times Magazine
    John Buffalo Mailer
  4. 4 Why the Internet Loves Marijuana
    Alexis Ohanian Think Tank

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