California to Feds: Reclassify Cannabis
California’s marijuana reform efforts can only go so far. Now, the state is officially calling on the federal government to alter cannabis’s status as Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.
"The Legislature urges the Congress of the United States to pass a law to reschedule marijuana or cannabis and its derivatives from a Schedule I drug to an alternative schedule, therefore allowing the legal research and development of marijuana or cannabis for medical use," reads a joint resolution passed by the California Assembly on Thursday. It also calls for "the legal commerce of marijuana or cannabis so that businesses dealing with marijuana or cannabis can use traditional banks or financial institutions for their banking needs, which would result in providing a legal vehicle for those businesses to pay their taxes."
The resolution previously passed the Senate by a margin 34 to 2. It does not require Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.
Schedule I drugs are those deemed to have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical value. Included in the category are drugs like heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), and peyote.
The reclassification of cannabis has been proposed multiple times over the past 45 years.