18 Members of Congress Call on President Obama to Remove Marijuana from Schedule I

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director February 12, 2014

    Earlier today, 18 members of Congress signed onto a letter that was delivered to President Barack Obama calling for him to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

    “We request that you take action to help alleviate the harms to society caused by the federal Schedule I classification of marijuana. Lives and resources are wasted on enforcing harsh, unrealistic, and unfair marijuana laws,” the letter reads, “Nearly two-thirds of a million people every year are arrested for marijuana possession. We spend billions every year enforcing marijuana laws, which disproportionately impact minorities. According to the ACLU, black Americans are nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession, despite comparable usage rates.”

    The letter was signed by Representatives Blumenauer (OR), Cohen (TN), Farr (CA), Grijalva (AZ), Honda (CA), Huffman (CA), Lee (CA), Lofgren (CA), Lowenthal (CA), McGovern (MA), Moran (VA), O’Rourke (TX), Polis (CO), Quigley (IL), Rohrabacher (CA), Schakowsky (IL), Swalwell (CA), and Welch (VT).

    “Classifying marijuana as Schedule I at the federal level perpetuates an unjust and irrational system. Schedule I recognizes no medical use, disregarding both medical evidence and the laws of nearly half of the states that have legalized medical marijuana,” the letter continued, “A Schedule I or II classification also means that marijuana businesses in states where adult or medical use are legal cannot deduct business expenses from their taxes or take tax credits due to Section 280E of the federal tax code. We request that you instruct Attorney General Holder to delist or classify marijuana in a more appropriate way, at the very least eliminating it from Schedule I or II.”

    You can read the full text of the letter here.

    96 Responses to “18 Members of Congress Call on President Obama to Remove Marijuana from Schedule I”

    1. This is what annoys me the most. People need to realize how its a natural medicine unlike millions of other drugs out there. Just let it be!

    2. fat Freddy says:

      Obama and the Congress should each get a copy of “The Emperor Has No Clothes” by Jack Herer, signed by every one of these Congresspersons. Legislators need to be informed in order to make good laws or rescind bad ones. The worst ones are those that know pot prohibition is an atrocity but continue to destroy lives for political bribes and fear mongering.

    3. Anon says:

      The Federal Government doesn’t want to legalize drugs because they make a large fortune on illegal drugs.

    4. Fat Freddy says:

      Justin, America is not a democracy. It could be called a Republic because it is a dictatorship, a dictatorship of capital, a plutocracy controlled by an international banking oligarchy. People tend to judge an entire argument as flawed if they find just one fallacy in it. So please take this as constructive criticism.

    5. Doug says:

      Sorry about the typos did it on my smart phone we had a problem guess its smarter than me it won this time need to.have my 12 year old show me how to.make it do my will or i will have a republican pray for me

    6. Doug says:

      Marinol is the only drug ever to be rescheduled to a lower class from two to a class three
      WOW less potential for addiction and abuse how did that happen
      If it’s so DANGEROUS and why did the govt issue a latent on a drug made from a plant with no medical use or value it is a synthesized extract from marihuana guess none of that matters when the drug companies have given us the best govt money can buy
      And lastly what about the govt supplying people with pot and the right to legally use it the compassionate use program Ronny Raygun closed to any new patients they figured the would all be dead in a couple years and then they could forget deny it ever happened
      Oops it made people live allot longer and not suffer like they did without it
      We think we live in a free country yes as long as you live like the religious republican assholes think you should or will throw your ass in prison till you come.to your senses and think and act like thrm trust them
      Big brother knows what’s best for you and the county you are to poor and stupid to do your own thinking they were elected by GOD they prayed about it and they decided that’s his will they are better than us fucking dumbasses that work for a living
      So you can’t enjoy one of the safest most therapeutic drugs in the world that’s a direct.quote from a federal judge when Nixon was even though it was created by the same GOD who speaks to them and they do wotk and only act as his loyal servants
      Never doing any thing wrong or immoral and if they do accident do it was that damn satan that made them that said they were sorry and cried on national TV God forgave them and they are to go back to.telling us how to live free just leave that evil plant alone.
      Guess he fucked up making it must have.been that.dam satan that made him do it
      Well if he says sorry and asks himself to forgive himself all will be ok even though we are told all things were created for man he just forgot to get the republicans permission first they will let it slide this time he after all is only GOD PEACE i will crawl back in my hole.and dream of being free and happy some day God willing I mean if thats what the republicans decide his will is well they can never stop me from dreaming I am free
      But bet they are working on that how much would the matrix cost

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