Marijuana: DEA rescheduling-of-pot idea as Amendment 64 fix hits mainstream
Some provisions of the bill fell out during the legislative process -- but the rescheduling request remained. A passage that enumerates the powers and duties of the state licensing authority sports a number of items under the heading "The state licensing authority shall." The seventh of them reads:
IN RECOGNITION OF THE POTENTIAL MEDICINAL VALUE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA, MAKE A REQUEST BY JANUARY 1, 2012, TO THE FEDERAL DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION TO CONSIDER RESCHEDULING, FOR PHARMACEUTICAL PURPOSES, MEDICAL MARIJUANA FROM A SCHEDULE I CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE TO A SCHEDULE II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.And who is the state licensing authority? An earlier section of the bill handed this role to "the executive director of the Department of Revenue or the deputy director of the Department of Revenue if the executive director so designates."
As an October 2011 blog post pointed out, that meant DOR director Barbara Brohl would have to make the request, and she did, sending a letter to Leonhart dated December 22 of that year. We've included it below.
What happened as a result of this missive? Nothing. But now that the Washington Post and MSNBC are on the case, perhaps the White House will give rescheduling another look given what Rolling Stone describes in a new overview article on the topic as "Obama's Pot Problem."
Here's the Klein segment, followed by Brohl's letter to Leonhart and the complete DEA controlled substance list.
More from our Marijuana archive: "Department of Revenue chief petitions feds to ease up on MMJ."