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Bi-Coastal Governors Petition Federal Government to Reclassify Marijuana for Medical Use

December 3, 2011

Advocates applaud involvement of elected officials in urging sensible federal public health policy

Olympia, WA — Governors Christine Gregoire (D-WA) and Lincoln Chafee (I-RI) announced at a press conference today that they were jointly filing a federal petition to reclassify marijuana for medical use. Under the Controlled Substances Act, the federal government considers marijuana a Schedule I substance, a dangerous drug with no medical value. The rescheduling petition filed by Governors Gregoire and Chafee comes after their administrations were sent letters threatening medical marijuana producers and distributors and the implementation of state laws. In April, Governor Gregoire vetoed sections of a bill that would have permitted dispensaries in Washington because of federal threats, and in September, Governor Chafee suspended implementation of Rhode Island’s dispensary licensing law.
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