Pubdate: Mon, 09 Nov 2015
Source: Orange County Register, The (CA)
Copyright: 2015 The Orange County Register
Author: Amy Chozick, The New York Times


Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday proposed reclassifying marijuana 
to make it a less dangerous substance and to encourage more research 
into its medicinal benefits.

At a town hall in Orangeburg, S.C., Clinton said marijuana, 
classified in the most dangerous category ("Schedule I") of the 
Controlled Substances Act, should be "Schedule II" so it can be 
experimented with and implemented for medical use.

"I do support the use of medical marijuana," she said at the town 
hall, hosted by journalist Roland Martin and held at Claflin University.

"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," she 

The comments come as Clinton has proposed sweeping changes to the 
criminal justice system, increased gun control measures and a 
rethinking of mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders.

"We have got to stop imprisoning people who use marijuana," Clinton 
said at the first Democratic debate in Las Vegas last month.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has also proposed a federal 
reclassification of marijuana for medicinal use.
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