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Possible changes to marijuana classification bother Angelina Co. law enforcement

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff

Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches is concerned that a possible change to how marijuana is classified could bring a negative impact.

According to a ABC News report,

Federal authorities have announced that they are reviewing the possibility of loosening the classification of marijuana, and if this happens, it could have a far-reaching impact on how the substance is used in medical settings, experts said.

Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it is listed alongside heroin and LSD as among the "most dangerous drugs" and has "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse."

The Drug Enforcement Agency announced last week that it is reviewing the possibility of reclassifying it as a Schedule II drug, which would put it in the same category as Ritalin, Adderal and oxycodone.

Medical experts are welcoming the review, saying it could ease restrictions for researchers.

Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said this would change the way they teach drug prevention.

"People have to remember we teach our kids everything from alcohol to marijuana, cigarettes are gateway drug that lead to the harder drugs," Sanches said. "We will really have to wait to see what the officials do."

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