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Governor's Push to Reclassify Marijuana Gaining Support

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Governor Gregoire's push to change the way marijuana is classified is gaining traction. 42 bipartisan lawmakers have declared their support for the measure, and they've sent a signed request to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The lawmakers want to reclassify marijuana so it can be accepted as a medical treatment. Marijuana is currently listed as a schedule one drug, which prevents it from being legally dispensed, prescribed or administered. Other schedule one drugs include LSD and heroin.

Lawmakers want marijuana to be changed to a schedule two drug. Under the new classification, doctors would be able to legally prescribe it, and pharmacists could dispense it. That could mean easier access to the drug for medical marijuana users.

The petition was originally submitted in November by Governor Gregoire along with the governor of Rhode Island.