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Getting High With The Federal Government's Blessing06:18
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A customer looks at marijuana for sale at a dispensary in Eugene, Oregon on March 22, 2016. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)
A customer looks at marijuana for sale at a dispensary in Eugene, Oregon on March 22, 2016. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)
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Despite its availability for medical use in nearly half of U.S. states, marijuana is considered by the federal government to have no medical purpose.

Because it's also considered to have a high potential for abuse, it's listed as a Schedule I drug — alongside heroin, LSD and ecstasy. Researchers who want to study the drug have dealt with significant bureaucratic issues, reports Liz Reid of WESA.

Read more on this story via WHYY's The Pulse.

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Liz Reid, reporter for WESA in Pittsburgh. She tweets @WESALiz.

This segment aired on August 30, 2016.

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