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Liz Fields and Keegan Hamilton, VICE News
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has quietly revealed that it plans to decide within the next three months whether marijuana should be removed from the list of Schedule I controlled substances, a restrictive classification reserved for what the US government considers to be the most dangerous class of drugs.
While 23 states and Washington, DC now allow some form of medical marijuana, weed remains in the tightly-regulated Schedule I category alongside heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and other drugs deemed to have no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Cocaine and methamphetamine are among the drugs listed below marijuana in the less restrictive Schedule II category.