Congress members urge Obama to remove marijuana from illegal drugs list

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For those of us who came of age during the heyday of the War on Drugs during the 80s and 90s this is like members of the Nazi Party writing a letter to Hitler urging a relaxation of the Nuremberg Laws.

Russia Today

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In a signed letter issued on Wednesday, 18 members of Congress have called on President Barack Obama to reclassify marijuana, a drug currently listed in the same category as heroin and LSD.

Authored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), the letter comes after President Obama’s comments to the New Yorker in January, in which he stated his belief that marijuana is not any more dangerous than drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes.

Under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, the Drug Enforcement Administration classifies marijuana as a “Schedule I” substance. This is the harshest classification available for illegal substances, placing cannabis in a stricter category than drugs like cocaine. Schedule…

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