Two governors joined the call today to get marijuana off the federal government's Schedule 1 list of drugs - drugs that are easily abused but have no medical benefit.
Christine Gregoire of Washington and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island sent a joint letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration urging it to reclassify pot as a drug with accepted medical uses, the New York Times reports. Their states, like California, allow medical marijuana, but are in a quandary because marijuana is still against federal law.
The governors say the reclassification is needed so their states can regulate medical pot dispensaries without fear of federal prosecution.
As the California Medical Association and The Bee's editorial board have pointed out, the reclassification would also allow more research into which diseases and conditions can be treated with marijuana and the best doses and methods of ingestion.
With U.S. attorneys in California leading the recent federal crackdown on medical pot, which they say has been hijacked by profiteers, you'd think that our governor would jump at the chance to join this petition,
How about it, Gov. Brown?