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Formal Request to Reschedule Medical Marijuana

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Honorable John W. Suthers A. G. of Colorado 1525 Sherman Street 7th floor Denver, CO 80203 Dear Attorney General Suthers: Colo. Const. Art. XVIII, Section 14 (1)(b), accepts the medical use of marijuana: 'Medical use' means the acquisition, possession, production, use, or transportation of marijuana or paraphernalia related to the administration of such marijuana to address the symptoms or effects of a patient's debilitating medical condition, which may be authorized only after a diagnosis of the patient's debilitating medical condition by a physician or physicians, as provided by this section. United States Code, Title 21, 812, requires the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to update the list of Schedule I substances annually to ensure that substances in Schedule I have 'no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.'. As the Attorney General of a state with a Medical Marijuana Registry, that allows for the voter-approved compassionate legal usage of physician recommended medicinal cannabis, have you notified the DEA(both state and federal offices) that marijuana no longer meets this required finding for inclusion in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act EVIDENCE SUPPORTING THIS MOVE. 1. Over 20 yrs ago on September 6th, 1988 Judge Francis Young, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrative chief administrative law judge, issued a landmark decision when he concluded that doctors should be allowed to prescribe medicinal cannabis to qualified patients, emphasizing the safety of marijuana as a relatively non-toxic form of therapy. * Marijuana must be moved from Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act, which bars medical use, to a lower schedule that will legally permit, on both the state and national levels, physician prescriptions, further research and eliminating any type of federal legal intervention in states who have voter-enacted laws regarding the use of medical marijuana. *Young then laid out his findings in a detailed, 69-page ruling, walking readers through the scientific evidence. He concluded that the law didn't just permit moving marijuana to Schedule II, but required it, stating the following: 'Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.', he wrote, 'By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care', he wrote, 'The evidence in this record clearly shows that marijuana has been accepted as an extremely capable method of relieving the distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record.' Reiterating, this was the chief administrative law judge within the top federal agency responsible for enforcing our drug laws. IN CONCLUSION, The time to place medical marijuana into its proper schedule is well overdue, and the undersigned hereby request that these changes in rescheduling cannabis are implemented immediately to accurately reflect the wills and views of the majority of American voters regarding the responsibly safe adult use of medical marijuana, in their respective states.


To date, marijuana is scheduled as an illegal substance 'with no accepted current medical use', being grouped together with drugs such as PCP & Heroin. While thirteen states now have medical marijuana laws pertaining to the medicinal usage of cannabis, federal law still prohibits it, indeed leaving patients on a precariously slippery slope with no where to turn. These conflicting laws between state and federal are unconstitutional and the need for legally safe access to medicinal cannabis must be met, to meet the growing number of patients who are responsibly utilizing medical marijuana with a doctor's recommendation and registering themselves on state-run MMJ Registries in order to be fully compliant with their particular states guidelines pertaining to the legal usage of medicinal cannabis, without fear of governmental backlash. This petition is specifically targeting the overdue rescheduling of medical marijuana and is a group effort between Colorado CHRONIX Medicinal Cannabis Community and Green Faith Ministries.


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