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DEA WON’T RELAX MARIJUANA RESTRICTIONS

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The Drug Enforcement Administration on Friday refused to relax restrictions on marijuana.

Administrator John C. Lawn, in an order published in the Federal Register, rejected a longstanding petition by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Lawn's order means that marijuana will remain under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, rather than be placed in Schedule II, as the marijuana organization, known as NORML, had asked in its petition.The decision, which had been expected, overturns a recommendation of DEA's chief administrative law judge, Francis L. Young, who recommended on Sept. 6, 1988, that marijuana be placed on the less restrictive schedule, calling it "one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man."

Lawn, in his order, said that Young "failed to act as an impartial judge. He appears to have ignored the scientific evidence and relied on the testimony of individuals who use marijuana."