Clinton Urges Reclassifying Marijuana To Aid Medical Research


Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is calling for marijuana to be reclassified from a Schedule I drug to Schedule II, citing medical research, Politico reports. “I do support the use of medical marijuana,” Clinton said to a predominantly African American audience at Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C., on Saturday. “And I think even there we need to do a lot more research so that we know exactly how we're going to help people for whom medical marijuana provides relief. “I want to move from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 so researchers can research what's the best way to use it, dosage, how does it work with other medications,” she added.

Bernie Sanders, her closest opponent in the polls, said at the candidates’ debate that he would support state legalization of marijuana. The comments were a prelude to his announcement later in October calling for the federal government to take marijuana off its schedule entirely. Democratic hopeful Martin O'Malley has also called for the drug's reclassification.

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