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Board Can't Reclassify Marijuana


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LINCOLN — Proponents of legalizing marijuana for medical use will have to look elsewhere to sell their message.

The Nebraska Board of Pharmacy decided Monday that it lacked the authority to reclassify marijuana as a drug that could be legally prescribed.

That is a decision for a federal agency such as the Drug Enforcement Administration or the Food and Drug Administration, said Rick Zarek, a Gothenburg, Neb., pharmacist who heads the State Pharmacy Board.

“There's nothing the Board of Pharmacy can do as long as it's listed as a Schedule 1 drug and ineligible for dispensing,” Zarek said.

Schedule 1 drugs, by federal law, cannot be prescribed because they are potentially addictive and have no medical use.

In July, proponents of medical marijuana packed a hearing room in Lincoln and told the Pharmacy Board that cannabis use has several benefits, including relieving chronic pain, improving the appetites of those in cancer treatment and helping sufferers of multiple sclerosis.

To read the full article see: Board can't reclassify marijuana - Omaha.com

NewsHawk: MedicalNeed: 420 MAGAZINE
Author: Paul Hammel
Contact: Omaha.com
Copyright: 2010 Omaha World-Herald
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