Hillary Clinton Wants Schedule II Classification For Marijuana

By McCarton Ackerman 02/05/16

Hillary Clinton is continuing to campaign for her softened stance on marijuana.

 Hillary Clinton Wants Schedule II Classification For Marijuana
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The Democratic presidential hopeful said during a town hall debate this week in New Hampshire that she wants to move marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug so that research on medicinal use can be more easily conducted.

Clinton told those in attendance that “I want you to know what we know from science.” She also clarified that she supports individual states offering legal protection for medical marijuana users and referred to them as the “laboratories of our democracy.” Clinton elaborated on her pro-medical marijuana research by stating that “we should be learning about what works, what doesn't work. Different states have actually listed the kind of illnesses and conditions that it can be used for. Are they right? We don't know. That's why we have got to do the research.”

Marijuana’s current Schedule I classification labels it as a drug with a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical benefits, putting it in the same category as heroin and LSD. A schedule II classification labels a drug as having a high potential for abuse, but with some accepted medical use. It would also enable a medical practitioner to legally prescribe the drug.

But while Clinton supports medical marijuana, she hasn’t endorsed legalization for recreational use at either the federal or state level. She has insisted that she will wait to see how recreational marijuana plays out in the states that have currently legalized before clarifying her own stance for it at the national level.

Clinton previously spoke out about her overall plans towards national drug policy last month during the Democratic primary debate. She wants to treat drug abuse as a health issue rather than a criminal issue, insisting that “we need to divert more people from the criminal justice system into drug courts, into treatment, and recovery.” Clinton also spoke about her $10 billion plan to address the opioid epidemic in the U.S., which would include requiring all first responders to carry opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone and having health care providers receive training in substance abuse treatment.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.