Washington State Lawmakers Sent a Letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to Reclassify Marijuana’s Drug Status So It Can Be Used for Medical Purposes on Jan. 30.

Mitchell Moquin, a local artist and activist, has been using marijuana medically for one year. He believes it should be legalized for medical purposes only.

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“Cannabis is critical for patients who are looking for a more alternative method,” Moquin said.

Under the Controlled Substances Act ( 1970 ), marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule I substance.

Schedule I substances have a high potential for abuse and are currently not allowed or considered acceptable for use in medical treatment in the United States, according to the act. Drugs classified as Schedule I are the most restricted drugs listed on the DEA’s website.

If marijuana were changed to a Schedule II substance, it would be in the same group as cocaine, morphine and opium, according to the DEA.

The reclassification would clear up the legal status of medical marijuana in Washington state, which was legalized in 1998 when 60 percent of voters approved its use.

The 43 Washington lawmakers who signed the letter did so in support of a letter Govs. Gregoire and Lincoln Chafee ( Rhode Island ) sent to the DEA in November 2011.

“What we have out here on the ground is chaos,” Gregoire said to The New York Times. “And in the midst of all the chaos, we have patients who really either feel like they’re criminals or may be engaged in some criminal activity, and really are legitimate patients who want medicinal marijuana.”

News Hawk – 420 Warrior 420 MAGAZINE
Location: Washington State
Source: The Western Front
Author: Josh Holloway
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