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Virginia Congressman Introduces Federal Bill To Reschedule Marijuana


reschedule marijuanaCourtesy of The Joint Blog

Compelled by news of constituents having to move out-of-state to seek medical cannabis, Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith introduced a bill earlier this week that would reschedule cannabis on a federal level, reducing it from a Schedule 1 controlled substance to Schedule 2, and would grant states with medical cannabis laws federal protection.

H. R. 4498, the Legitimate Use of Medicinal Marijuana Act, is intended “To provide for the legitimate use of medicinal marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various States,” by both rescheduling cannabis to a classification that concedes there is medical use for the plant (Schedule 1 substances are considered to have no known medical value), and establishing protections for people authorized under state laws to possess, grow and use medical cannabis.

Simple and succinct, the bill is just under 4 pages long, and reads almost in its entirety as such:

In a State in which marijuana may be prescribed by a physician for medical use under applicable State law, no provision of the Controlled Substances Act or of theFederal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act shall prohibit or otherwise restrict—

(A) the prescription of marijuana by a physician for medical use;

(B) an individual who is an authorized patient from obtaining, possessing, transporting within the individual’s State, or using marijuana for that individual’s medical use;

(C) an individual authorized under State law to obtain, possess, transport within their State, or manufacture marijuana, from obtaining, possessing, transporting within that State, or manufacturing marijuana pursuant to that authorization; or

(D) a pharmacy or other entity authorized under State law to distribute medical marijuana to an authorized patient, from obtaining or possessing marijuana for that purpose, or from distributing marijuana to an authorized patient for medical use.

No provision of the Controlled Substances Act or of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act shall prohibit or otherwise restrict an entity authorized by a State, in which marijuana may be prescribed by a physician for medical use, for the purpose of producing marijuana for prescription by a physician for medical use, from producing, processing, or distributing marijuana for such purpose.

The bill has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce;  anyone interested in contacting committee members to encourage them to support this measure can do so by calling (202) 225-2927.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com


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  • MrPC

    I sure hope the Senate will act on this, but I’m not holding my breath this year. Like any deeply-entrenched government agency, the DEA seems terrified of losing power, and will do or say anything to stem the tide of legalization. Disgusting.

  • shmuelman

    Remember, the House voted to ban the DEA from interfering with state-legal cannabis operations. It has not passed in the Senate yet. They did not have the courage to defund the DEA, but the sentiments about overreach by the DEA is strong in the House. I am not surprised this was bill was introduced by a Republican, there is strong bipartisan support for cannabis reform, maybe for differing reasons.

  • shmuelman

    How would it do that? Do you think a pilot, who is regularly drug tested, will now say “Hey! Cannabis is now a Schedule II drug, better start smoking it!” The fact is, traffic fatalities are down 8% this year in Colorado, the lowest number in a long time.

  • invisible man

    Other Schedules 2 drugs include: Amphetamine, Cocaine, Codeine, Hydromorphone, Methadone, Morphine, Opium, Oxycodone…
    http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/orangebook/e_cs_sched.pdf – Is this where cannabis belongs?

  • Tim

    Haha your defiantly not judgmental haha. You are a child to believe you have to read the whole bible to be a Christian. I honestly doubt you have read the bible let alone interpreted anything worth a spit. You missed many of the key issues that are in it, based on your basic response. Preaching your Christian elite, last time I checked it’s those that receive little love. Your desktop ego is at an all time high, I think it’s time to prestige

  • Tim

    What about where it says you have to follow the laws. Or where it says you should be sober, or even where it says that god wants us to stress because that’s what makes life worth living. (I still think weed should be legal tho just commenting)#onemoretimetokillthepain