California lawmakers are officially calling on the federal government to reschedule cannabis from a Schedule I drug to an alternative schedule.
“This measure would request that the Congress of the United States pass a law to reschedule marijuana or cannabis and its derivatives from a Schedule I drug to an alternative schedule and that the President of the United States sign such legislation. “ States a joint resolution approved by the California Assembly on Thursday with a vote of 60 to 10.
Believe it or not, Heroin and LSD are classified as Schedule I Controlled Substances alongside Marijuana, but cocaine and methamphetamine are classified in the less restrictive Schedule II category. The Controlled Substance Act’s Schedule I is the most restrictive category. It is supposed to be reserved for drugs with no medical value and a high potential for abuse.
Lets face it, comparing cannabis to heroin is just plain ridiculous, and they then have the audacity to claim that cocaine is classified as a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Cocaine is a drug that hospitalized 448,000 people in 2005.
Not to mention that alcohol which is legal kills 88,000 people a year in the U.S on average, but no-one has died from a marijuana overdose, ever. On the contrary, marijuana saves lives!
That also brings up an important point, that in order for a drug to classify as a Schedule I Controlled Substance the drug must have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Clearly, there is something wrong here.
Under California law, joint resolutions don’t require gubernatorial action. The text of the cannabis measure will now be transmitted to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It will also be sent to California’s two U.S. senators and the state’s 53-member U.S. House delegation.
Thank you California lawmakers for taking this big step in changing this ridiculous classification.
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