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Legislators Back Gregoire, Ask Feds to Reclassify Pot

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee January 27, 2012

A bi-partisan group of 42 state legislators are backing Gov. Christine Gregoire's push to get the federal government to reclassify marijuana for medical use.

"There is no regulated and safe system to supply legitimate patients who may need medical cannabis," the legislators wrote in a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration, which also called the feds' classification of marijuana alongside harder drugs like heroin and mescaline "fundamentally flawed," echoing language in Gregoire's earlier letter to the DEA.

The group of legislators—which includes lefties like Sens. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36, Ballard) and Adam Kline (D-37, S. Seattle), as well as eastside Republicans Steve Litzow (R-41, Mercer Island), Joe Fain (R-47, Auburn) and Andy Hill (R-45, Redmond)—are asking the DEA to reclassify marijuana as a schedule II druglike Ritalin and morphine, so doctors could prescribe it without violating federal law.

Interestingly, Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R-6 Spokane)— who's running against US Sen. Maria Cantwell—did not sign the letter to the DEA, despite signing on to a marijuana bill last year.
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