“Everything around us is changing… laws, society, personal idiosyncrasies, as well as the realm that cannabis resides. Sometimes it is time to sit down the bowl and really focus on the issues… well then pick it back up because politics are stressful…”
Recently, as of February 12th, 18 bipartisan congressmen underneath the direction of Representative Earl Blumenauer, the Democratic candidate for the House from Oregon, submitted a succinct petition to Barack Obama and the White House calling for Obama to direct Attorney General Eric Holder to reschedule marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act to a less severe and non-threatening level as per 21 U.S.C. § 811. At its current level, the federal sanction of cannabis as a Schedule I substance lumps marijuana into the same category as heroin, LSD, and other intense hallucinogenic, psychotropic drugs, which are not considered to have any recognized medicinal benefits, regardless of the myriad of favorable studies in a variety of states and nations. Essentially, rescheduling can occur through a variety of forms including the Attorney General, a unilateral executive decision, or legislation through Congress, and this letter attempts to cater to all of these methods.