Senators seek to legalize medical marijuana at the federal level

Medical marijuana

Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) plan to introduce a bill on Tuesday that would legalize medical marijuana at the federal level.

The legislation would nix Washington's ban on medical pot while reclassifying the drug from a Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 substance under federal guidelines, according to The Washington Post. As a Schedule 1 drug, marijuana ranks alongside LSD and peyote as substances with "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse." Downgrading its classification would put marijuana in line with cocaine and methamphetamine.

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