Hillary Clinton says that as president she would support decriminalizing marijuana.
The Democratic nominee released a statement Thursday saying that she would reschedule marijuana from a Schedule 1 drug to a Schedule 2 drug. The reclassification would remove major restrictions to academic research into the effects of marijuana use and reduce the criminal penalties associated with possessing the drug. The statement came the same day as an announcement from the DEA that organization was removing some restrictions to research, but keeping marijuana in the Schedule 1 category.
“Marijuana is already being used for medical purposes in states across the country, and it has the potential for even further medical use,” Maya Harris, a senior policy advisor to Clinton’s campaign, said in a statement, reported by The Denver Post. “As Hillary Clinton has said throughout this campaign, we should make it easier to study marijuana so that we can better understand its potential benefits, as well as its side effects.” [Read more at International Business Times]