Washington, Rhode Island and Vermont governors petition feds to reclassify marijuana

By Jordan Bloom – The Daily Caller

 

Democratic Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and Republican Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee have filed a petition with the Drug Enforcement Agency asking for a reclassification of marijuana — from a substance with “no currently accepted medical use” to a drug with “currently accepted medical use in treatment.” On Thursday, Democratic Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin joined them.

“It is time to show compassion and time to show common sense,” Gregoire told reporters during a conference call.

The three governors’ states, and thirteen others, have passed medical marijuana laws, casting doubt on the idea that cannabis has no medical value. And some studies suggest that the analgesic effects of marijuana are comparable to those of more addictive painkillers.

 

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