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Mixed reaction to DEA's decision to continue restrictions on marijuana

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 The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration chose to keep the offense of marijuana the same- new research shows more Americans are actually using the drug both recreationally and medically.

Some people we spoke with say the classification of pot as a dangerous drug just as dangerous as heroin or cocaine seems a bit extreme.

"It could be benefiting for the people who use it wisely," Bhanu Seagal said.

"It kind of makes sense because everyone just wants to try it, so I don't think I'm very surprised by it!" Dhanurja De Sliva said.

It seems opinions on marijuana have changed in recent years.

"Yea, it could be a gateway, it completely depends on the person, it could be subjective," Seagal said.

But the United States Drug Enforcement Administration isn't changing its mind.

The agency will continue calling it a dangerous drug, after finding the therapeutic value has not been scientifically proven.

It's a decision that some people don't believe is fair.

"It's not the same because I've seen people who use cocaine and all these other drugs," De Sliva said. "They seem to have negative outcomes in the end, whereas medical marijuana I don't see many problems by it."

One policy change the DEA did make – allowing more places to grow marijuana in order to do more research.

"So what they've done by loosening that restriction on research is they're allowing people now to get their hands on that drug so they can produce the data that's needed to get FDA approval," Counselor Bob Dale said.

The recent push to get medical marijuana on the November ballot in Missouri is headed to court.

Dale said advocates may just have to wait until more research is done.

"One of these days and I believe a lot of it rest in the hands of the researchers that are going to be turning over precise data to the FDA," Dale said. "As far as the petition goes, petitions have been circulating since the 60's, they're going to keep coming."

On the flip side, Perry County Dare Instructor Jeri Cain said she plans continue teaching her students the federal rules of marijuana use.

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