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Bipartisan group of lawmakers joins Gregoire in calling for marijuana downgrade

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 30, 2012 at 10:06 am with No Comments »
January 30, 2012 10:15 am

At least 42 Washington state lawmakers — including seven Republicans — want the Obama administration to reclassify marijuana to allow it to be prescribed and distributed as medicine without running afoul of federal law.

The group wrote a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration today in support of a petition by Gov. Chris Gregoire and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee. The goal is to downgrade Schedule I marijuana to Schedule II, a group that includes cocaine and methamphetamine but does acknowledge drugs’ medical uses.

Signers include Tacoma Democrats Steve Conway, Jeannie Darneille, Laurie Jinkins and Debbie Regala; Thurston County Democrats Karen Fraser, Sam Hunt and  Chris Reykdal; and Auburn Republican Joe Fain.

Senators this afternoon could vote in committee on a medical-marijuana measure. It’s a rewrite of last year’s effort to legalize and license pot shops, which was vetoed by Gregoire over concerns about federal law.

Here’s the news release about the letter:

Bipartisan group of lawmakers support federal reclassification of marijuana
PRESS RELEASE — Jan. 30, 2012
OLYMPIA — A bipartisan group of lawmakers have sent a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) supporting Governor Gregoire and Governor Chafee’s petition to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug which would allow its use for treatment – prescribed by doctors and filled by pharmacists.
In addition, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, introduced Senate Joint Memorial 8017 requesting the DEA to reclassify medical marijuana as a Schedule II drug. The joint memorial is scheduled for a hearing in the Health & Long Term Care Committee, Feb. 2, 1:30 p.m.
Lawmakers that signed the letter to the DEA include:
  • Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D
  • Sen. Karen Keiser, D
  • Rep. Roger Goodman, D
  • Sen. (Rodney Tom), D
  • Rep. (Dave) Upthegrove, D
  • Rep Joe (Fitzgibbon), D
  • Sen. Maralyn Chase, D
  • Rep. Jim Moeller, D
  • Sen. David Frockt, D
  • Rep. Paul Harris, R
  • Sen. Margarita Prentice, D
  • Sen. Nick Harper, D
  • Rep. Timm Ormsby, D
  • Rep. John McCoy, D
  • Rep Andy Billig, D
  • Rep Sherry Appleton, D
  • Sen. Sharon Nelson, D
  • Sen. Ed Murray, D
  • Rep. Marcie Maxwell, D
  • Rep Jeannie Darneille, D
  • Sen. Debbie Regala, D
  • Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D
  • Rep. Chris Reykdal, D
  • Sen. Steve Conway, D
  • Sen. Andy Hill, R
  • Rep. Sam Hunt, D
  • Rep. Steve Tharinger, D
  • Sen. Steve Litzow, R
  • Rep. Gerry Pollet, D
  • Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson, D
  • Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D
  • Rep. Deborah Eddy, D
  • Sen. Adam Kline, D
  • Rep. Cindy Ryu, D
  • Rep. Eileen Cody, D
  • Rep. Judy Clibborn, D
  • Rep. Cary Condotta, R
  • Rep. Luis Moscoso, D
  • Sen. Karen Fraser, D
  • Sen. Joe Fain, R
  • Sen. Cheryl Pflug, R
  • Sen. Jerome Delvin, R

Here’s the letter itself:

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