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WA State Lawmaker Asks DEA To Reclassify MMJ
Posted by CN Staff on February 05, 2013 at 10:27:59 PT
 By Anna Marum, The Oregonian 
Source: Oregonian
Washington State -- Despite the legalization of medical marijuana in 18 states and the District of Columbia, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) still classifies pot as a Schedule I drug, along with heroin, LSD and others.State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, wants to change this. The Senate Health Care Committee today heard Kohl Welles' formal request that the DEA reclassify medical marijuana as a Schedule II substance.
"I believe most people would think that marijuana really does not belong in that category," she said of the classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug.Schedule I drugs, according to the DEA, do not have medical uses and have a high potential for abuse. The DEA defines Schedule II drugs as having slightly less potential for abuse than Schedule I drugs, but are still considered dangerous. However, they often have legitimate medical uses.Kohl-Welles said it doesn't make sense for marijuana to be classified as more dangerous than heroin-based painkillers like OxyContin, which is physiologically addictive. Medical evidence has proved that marijuana doesn't share the harmful side effects of the drugs in its schedule, she said."I think it's time that the federal government step up to the plate and reschedule marijuana so that it can be prescribed by a healthcare professional," she said.Washington voters approved medical marijuana in a 1998 ballot measure, but Kohl-Welles said the state has struggled to ensure qualified patients a safe way to access medical pot. A Schedule II classification will enable pharmacies to prescribe medical marijuana, she said. SnippedComplete Article: http://drugsense.org/url/AY0jqfkoSource: Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)Author: Anna Marum, The Oregonian Published: February 4, 2013Copyright: 2013 The OregonianContact: letters news.oregonian.comWebsite: http://www.oregonlive.com/oregonian/CannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml 
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on February 06, 2013 at 04:12:37 PT
The DEA is a bulldog
and pot prohibition is a pork chop.Ever try to take a pork chop away from a bull dog?From high falootin', over paid federal cop with perks and exotic all expense paid Junkers and asset forfeiture, to beat cop or worse. This is what the "useful idiots" in this agency are looking at when this unconstitutional, unconscionable morass is over.We as a nation will do more than reschedule, we will legalize or pay hell for it!While it galls me to think that all the atrocities committed by these brain dead thugs will go unpunished, still, it is not to late for the truth and healing.
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Comment #5 posted by Ryannn29 on February 05, 2013 at 22:32:14 PT:
that's great
that's great that MJ is getting out there on all fronts, but I'd rather see the other psychedelics like LSD, dmt, mescaline, or shrooms rescheduled for schedule II and just have mj legalized. I believe that's the way it ought to be.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on February 05, 2013 at 19:13:41 PT
Pot growing question stumps Colo. officials
Pot growing question stumps Colo. officials"DENVER  Colorado marijuana regulators can't decide whether future pot sellers should be required to grow most of the weed they sell.A task force set up to consider regulating Colorado's new legal marijuana law was divided on the question Tuesday. Task force members couldn't agree whether future pot shops should look like liquor stores, which don't produce the booze they sell. Colorado's existing medical marijuana industry requires sellers to grow the majority of their product, a requirement aimed at preventing pot from ending up on the black market."Cont.http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20130205/NEWS/130209927/1078&ParentProfile=1055
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Comment #3 posted by MikeEEEEE on February 05, 2013 at 19:02:24 PT
Narrow minds are narrow for a reason
Who really expects the Feds to spend 2 seconds of energy on this issue?
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on February 05, 2013 at 15:19:16 PT
Another effort to end discredited Schedule I LIE
A rising number of people, groups and politicians are pushing the federal government to stop labeling cannabis a Schedule I substance (alongside heroin).How and why does the federal government still refuse? It's an eye opener.Every new day has more and more citizens who want to end the discredited classification of cannabis as a Schedule I substance.As a litmus test issue, this exposes how bad the US federal government is.
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