Federal Judge’s Ruling Could Affect Marijuana’s Classification as Schedule 1 Drug

A decision by a federal judge makes in a criminal marijuana case could soon provide another step towards legitimizing and even legalizing pot.

Marijuana is considered the same as heroin and cocaine under federal law. For decades, advocates have fought to separate marijuana from other dangerous drugs. But this is the first time criminal defense lawyers have gotten this far in fixing what many call a double standard.

For five decades, the law has classified pot as a Schedule 1 drug that has no medical benefits. It’s the same level as heroin, LSD and cocaine.

Now, Sacramento federal judge Kimberly Mueller is weighing the constitutionality.

The decision to re-examine the classification comes after a recent criminal case where attorneys for alleged marijuana growers argued the government enforces marijuana law unevenly, which violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection.

– Read the entire article at CBS Sacramento.