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, …