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Hillary Clinton Proposes Reclassifying Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on November 07, 2015 at 16:21:20 PT
By Mollie Reilly, Deputy Politics Editor
Source: Huffington Post 
Washington, D.C. -- Hillary Clinton wants to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous substance in order to allow more research into the drug's medicinal properties, the Democratic presidential candidate said Saturday in South Carolina. Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug, the most dangerous of five substance categories listed in the Controlled Substances Act. According to the federal classification, Schedule I drugs have "no currently accepted medical use." Other Schedule I substances include heroin, ecstasy and LSD.
Under Clinton's proposal, marijuana would become a Schedule II substance, which are considered to have "less abuse potential." Cocaine, OxyContin, Adderall and meth are Schedule II drugs. The move, Clinton said Saturday, would allow federal researchers to explore how to best use marijuana as medicine."What I do want is for us to support research into medical marijuana because a lot more states have passed medical marijuana than have legalized marijuana, so we've got two different experiences or even experiments going on right now," Clinton said after being asked about marijuana prohibition during a town hall. "And the problem with medical marijuana is there's a lot of anecdotal evidence about how well it works for certain conditions, but we haven't done any research. Why? Because it's considered what's called a Schedule I drug and you can't even do research in it." "If we're going to have a lot of states setting up marijuana dispensaries so that people who have some kind of medical need are getting marijuana, we need know what's the quality of it, how much should you take, what should you avoid if you're taking other medications," she continued. Clinton has said previously that she does not support legalizing marijuana, but believes in the medical use of cannabis and reforming the criminal justice system to keep low-level drug offenders out of jail. "We have got to stop imprisoning people who use marijuana," she said last month during the Democratic primary debate.Clinton's proposal is similar to policies floated by some medical marijuana advocates. Earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics called on the Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify cannabis in order to promote medical research. And in July, members of the U.S. House introduced an amendment to the 21st Century Cures Act that would make it easier to conduct marijuana research. Hillary Clinton wants marijuana to be classified as a less dangerous substance."The rescheduling of marijuana is a step in the right direction, but only going down to Schedule II is mostly a symbolic move," said Tom Angell, the chairman of Marijuana Majority. "It may make research slightly easier, but on its own wouldn't do anything to protect seriously ill people who are using marijuana in accordance with state laws from being harassed by the DEA. Only changing the federal criminal statutes can effectively do that."Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Clinton's main rival in the Democratic presidential primary, has called for striking marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act all together. Earlier this week, he introduced the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act in the Senate, which would allow states to move forward with legalizing marijuana without federal intervention."Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use," Sanders said at George Mason University in October. "Thatís wrong. That has got to change."Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is also running for the Democratic nomination, has proposed rescheduling marijuana as well.Recreational marijuana use is now legal in four states and the District of Columbia, while 23 states and D.C. have legalized medical pot.This article has been updated to include a statement from the Marijuana Majority. Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Mollie Reilly, Deputy Politics EditorPublished: November 7, 2015Copyright: 2015 HuffingtonPost.com, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/URL: http://drugsense.org/url/mbrT9rNlCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #7 posted by Sam Adams on November 08, 2015 at 21:13:53 PT
dynasty
has anyone else noticed that western Democracy is becoming a pathetic joke?We've reverted almost completely back to our roots in medieval Europe. A handful of families, maybe a few hundred, own almost everything. They pick their favorite 1-2 political families and return them to the throne (ooops, I mean "Oval Office") again and again.here's an example. just plug in "Bush" or "Clinton" or "Trudeau" etc. instead of "Bourbon" and you'll see what I mean:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Bourbonso what does that make Bernie - Napoleon? 
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on November 08, 2015 at 08:50:25 PT
News flash...
H. R. Clinton sticks toe in water!Sorry Hill, too little to late. Take a bath or go home!
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on November 08, 2015 at 08:30:46 PT
This development coincides with Our neighbors.
At the same time, Justin Trudeau in Canada will likely scale back cannabis prohibition, if not completely end it. Getting rid of Harper was like 10 home runs.Mexico, Our southern neighbor is also coming around to realizing cannabis prohibition is a devilish scam too, creating hell.-0-Only certain types (crappy) of people and organizations consider cannabis prohibition a right and proper policy.It's becoming increasingly clear, those who support caging humans for using cannabis are LESS desirable people.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on November 08, 2015 at 06:34:47 PT
The conclusion...
Presently, Democrats, including Obama & all 3 presidential contenders, support RE-classifying the plant cannabis from a Schedule I substance to a lower classification;***which leads Me to believe it becomes more likely We'll see Obama RE-schedule the plant cannabis during His term in office.[Heck, the majority of Dem's support completely RE-legalizing the plant]-0-On the other hand, this issue may be used politically, which may or may not effect the timing of this inevitable change, to positively effect the presidential 2016 election.-0-Either way, this news will negatively effect republican's unless they come to their senses and support ELEMENTARY & CREDIBLE DRUG LAW REFORM.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on November 08, 2015 at 04:57:20 PT
The GCW
I agree. What this could lead to is a back and forth on what to do about marijuana laws among the candidates and that would be a good thing.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on November 07, 2015 at 20:22:48 PT
A Beginning, yes.
& Not far enough.But for the 1st time, all Democratic prez prospects are in some sort of agreement; at the very least, cannabis should not be a Schedule I substance alongside heroin.And that's encouraging.For many years, removing cannabis from it's Schedule I listing has been one of Our goals, which will help lead to the ultimate goal.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on November 07, 2015 at 16:23:25 PT
A Beginning
Not far enough!
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