Use and Abuse
The government’s review of the 1995 marijuana
rescheduling petition did not distinguish between use
and abuse according to professional standards, such
as those in use by the medical and scientific community.
Widespread use of cannabis is not an indication of its
abuse potential, and widespread use of marijuana without
dependency supports the argument that marijuana is safe
for use under medical supervision. More...
Abuse of cannabis
Several studies demonstrate that abuse rates for cannabis
are lower than rates for other common drugs. Cannabis
use is usually not problematic use and cannabis users
usually have no social problems which can be attributed
to cannabis. The abuse potential of cannabis is insufficient
to justify prohibition of medical use. More...
Emergency room admissions
Data on both drug treatment and emergency room admissions
also distinguish the abuse potential of marijuana from
that of other drugs, and establishes its relative abuse
potential as lower than Schedule I drugs such as heroin
and Schedule II drugs such as cocaine. More...
Cannabis and dronabinol
There is growing evidence that there is no relevant
difference in subjective effects between (Schedule III)
dronabinol and cannabis. Thus, it can be expected that
the abuse liability is similar for both agents. More...