At the federal level, "Cannabis remains a Category 1 substance and therefore illegal" in the United States, even for medical use, as decided by the US Agency for fight against drug trafficking, the DEA. It therefore rejected a request for reclassification of marijuana that had been sent to him following a petition. "There is a lack of safety for use under medical supervision and there is a high risk of abuse," said the organization. She says relying on a review of scientific and medical publications on the subject.
The medicinal use of cannabis is yet licensed in 25 states. Several of them, like Colorado, Oregon and the federal capital Washington DC, have even legalized for recreational use on the condition of being an adult.