Governors Petition to Reclassify Marijuana

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Governors Christine Gregoire of Washington and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island have petitioned the federal government to reclassify marijuana as a drug with accepted medical uses. Rhode Island and Washington state have already decriminalized medical marijuana in their states. But marijuana is currently classified by the federal government as a Schedule I controlled substance — the same category as heroin and LSD. It's a confusing distinction for many medical marijuana patients in those states. Governors Gregoire and Chafee say the federal government should reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II controlled substance in order to cut down confusion for medial marijuana patients.

Kevin Sabet, former Senior Adviser to Director Gil Kerlikowske at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy discusses why he believes the idea of medical marijuana is flawed.

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Mar. 07 2013 06:18 AM
shoe from Locust grove, OKlahoma

the closing line of the last segment is the enormous thumb of big drug companies with a pocketfull of politicians. "medecine is made in a lab". You have done me a diss-service by allowing that to be the take away.

Medecine is not made in a lab.
Drugs are made in a lab.

I am a cherokee in oklahoma and the governments medecines are for greed and control, our medecines are for quality of life.

Dec. 01 2011 11:31 AM

Safety is a real concern. However, once substances are in the hands of the pharmaceuticals, the cost to US consumers is ridiculous. The debate as to why that is, is another subject. But the net result to the average consumer is that the cost of medications bought in the US are unsustainable. I think the US consumers can be forgiven, in a time of such deep and prolong financial distress, for thinking that there might be a more cost effective way to a natural product.

Dec. 01 2011 08:16 AM
Cebliw from NY

Re: statement FDA has never approved a bulk compound with thousands of unknown chemicals in it... What about Premarin?

Dec. 01 2011 07:31 AM

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