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Colorado seeks to reclassify marijuana as Schedule II drug

DENVER -- Ever since Colorado voters approved marijuana for medical use in 2000, the law has been at-odds with federal law which still considers marijuana to be a "hard" illegal drug.

Now, state officials are trying to change that.

Colorado has joined Rhode Island and Washington state in asking the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify marijuana to allow doctors to prescribe it as a medical treatment.

Barbara Brohl, the head of Colorado's Department of Revenue, the agency that oversees the state's medical marijuana business, sent a letter to the DEA on Dec. 22.

In it, she argues the discrepancy between state and federal law makes it difficult to carry out the wishes of Colorado voters.

"As long as there is divergence in state and federal law, there is a lack of certainty necessary to provide safe access for patients with serious medical conditions," Brohl said.

Colorado wants the federal government reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug -- a downgrade from Schedule I which includes narcotics such as heroin, Ecstasy and LSD, which have little or no medical value.

Other Schedule II narcotics include morphine, opium and cocaine.

The DEA has rejected similar appeals in the past.


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