Medical Marijuana Legislation Gets Another Shot in Washington State

Washington medical marijuana advocates have been trying to pass a bill to allow marijuana dispensaries. Last month, Governor Chris Gregoire vetoed large parts of their bill. She said it would’ve put state workers in the position of violating federal law. Gregoire says she wants all the states that allow medical marijuana to petition the federal government to reclassify cannabis as a schedule II drug. She scheduled a conference call among those states Thursday. (Link to Story)

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The only 2 groups that can reschedule Cannabis is Congress and the DEA. The DEA has a financial interest to not reschedule. Either Congress will have to do it or "order" the DEA to do it. A petition to Congress , signed by the Governor`s of the states that allow medicinal use of Cannabis should definitely be a priority. The DEA has said that it plans to reschedule natural extracts of Cannabis to schedule 3 , while keeping the plant itself at schedule 1. What kind of nonsense is that? It`s called looking out for Big Pharma while at the same time protecting the DEA`s go-out-and-bust machine. At least the Governor is taking a good step forward on this issue.

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