California Senate Gives Approval to Resolution Urging Federal Lawmakers to Reschedule Marijuana

A resolution urging the federal government to reschedule marijuana has been given approval by the California Senate.

Senate Resolution 5 was given approval by the Senate today through its second reading, sending it to a third and final reading. The resolution “formally requests the United States Congress to pass a law to reschedule cannabis, marijuana, and its derivatives from a Schedule I drug, and for the President of the United States to sign such legislation”.

According to its legislative analysis, the resolution urges:

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National Democrats Urge Feds to Remove Cannabis as Schedule 1 Drug

maineThe Platform Committee of the National Democratic Committee has officially given approval to a party platform calling on the federal government to remove cannabis as a schedule 1 drug, “providing a reasoned pathway for future legalization”.

The committee voted 81 to 80 to approve the following platform:

Because of conflicting laws concerning marijuana, both on the federal and state levels, we encourage the federal government to remove marijuana from its list as a Class 1 Federal Controlled Substance, providing a reasoned pathway for future legalization.

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President Obama to Meet with Group that Legalized Cannabis in D.C., Held Public Smoke-Out in Front of White House

white houseIn a surprise move,the White House has extended an invitation to meet with the leadership of the DC Cannabis Campaign (DCMJ), the organization that legalized cannabis in Washington D.C. in 2014 through a citizens initiative.

The meeting, set for Monday, April 25, comes in the wake of DCMJ’s peaceful Reschedule 420 demonstration and smoke-out in front of the White House that featured a 51-foot inflatable joint and drew thousands of activists and supporters calling on President Obama to remove cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, which puts it alongside drugs such as heroin.

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DEA Says it May Reschedule Cannabis in First Half of This Year

A sign with a DEA badge marks the entrance to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum in Arlington, VirginiaThe Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says it will decide whether or not to reclassify cannabis under federal law – removing it as a Schedule 1 controlled substance alongside drugs such as heroin – in “the first half of 2016”. This is according to a letter the agency sent this week to a group of senators.

The DEA’s letter is in response to a 2015 letter from Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and seven other senators urging the government to facilitate research into the medical benefits of cannabis, something that is made nearly impossible for many scientists given cannabis’ status as a Schedule 1 drug. As a Schedule 1 drug, cannabis is labeled as having “no known medical value”, a statement that clearly flies contrary to the research we do have on the plant.

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Iowa Committee Votes to Reschedule Cannabis, Legalize its Medical Cultivation and Distribution

Iowa’s bipartisan, bicameral Cannabidiol Implementation Study Committee has voted in support of legalizing theiowa distribution and private cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes. The committee also voted to recommend that the federal government and the Iowa Board of Pharmacy reschedule cannabis away from its current scheduling (schedule 1) which declares it as dangerous as heroin and other hard drugs.

The committee of five Republicans and five Democrats was established in response to a law which took effect in Iowa on July 1st; the law legalized the possession and use of cannabidiol for those with seizure disorders, though the law established no means for a patient to obtain the medicine legally.

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Obama Administration Willing to Work with Congress to Reschedule Cannabis, Says Attorney General

The Obama administration is willing to work with Congress on rescheduling cannabiscanobama, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday during a House Appropriations Committee hearing.

“We’d be more than glad to work with Congress if there is a desire to look at and reexamine how the drug is scheduled, as I said there is a great degree of expertise that exists in Congress,” said Holder. “It is something that ultimately Congress would have to change, and I think that our administration would be glad to work with Congress if such a proposal were made.”

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