Utah Leaders Could Ask Congress for Reclassification of Marijuana

Utah Senate Concurrent Resolution 11 would urge the U.S. Congress to reclassify marijuana on the national drug schedule for the purpose of opening medical marijuana research in the state. While the Resolution, sponsored by Sen. Brian Shiozawa (R-Salt Lake), would have to get full approval from the legislative branch and Gov. Gary Herbert’s office, it demonstrates the changing attitude of marijuana in a state where even medical marijuana seemed a fantasy.

The Resolution would place marijuana on the Schedule Two list with drugs such as Oxycotin, Vicodin, and other pain medications. It is currently a Schedule One drug with the likes of LSD, Ecstasy, and event Heroin. Sen. Shiozawa says “it's kind of gotten to be a mess because of inactivity on the executive branch and congress…This is an issue that frankly, we should have dealt with years ago.” It remains likely that most other legislators in Utah would back the Resolution, but the possibility of the Federal government to change the Schedule of marijuana is dubious.

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