No fountain beverage ever increased in popularity so rapidly.
By Jeremy Daw
Reform advocates have strongly objected to the continued inclusion of cannabis in the prohibitive Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), and the stark disparity between the drug's pharmacological reality and its federal legal status has provoked a sharp debate. But far less known is the fact that many drugs commonly considered much more dangerous than pot are actually easier to get under federal law than the relatively benign herb. Here's a list of seven drugs, all of which are subject to fewer restrictions under US law than marijuana:
Cocaine. The famous white powdery extract of the coca bush (Schedule II) may be legally prescribed by a doctor in the United States, and in fact is commonly used as a local anesthetic for eye surgery. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Stepan Company of Maywood, New Jersey, legally imports 175,000 kilograms of coca leaf per year, extracting pure cocaine for legal sale to hospitals and ophthalmologists across America before selling the leftover 'decocainized' leaves to the Coca-Cola company for use in their signature soft drink, which still includes the two primary flavor ingredients which provide its name: coca leaves and kola nuts from east Africa.