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Illinois Lawmakers Call for Marijuana Reclassification

Updated: Monday, February 17 2014, 01:20 PM CST
Two Illinois lawmakers are calling on President Obama to reclassify marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.

Right
now, pot is listed as schedule one, meaning it has no legitimate
medical use. But Illinois is now one of 20 states where medical
marijuana is legal.

Local prosecutors say if the federal government takes that next step in reclassifying the drug, that could be cause for concern.

"We
know alcohol affects one's ability to drive, as does marijuana and
other drugs," Sangamon County State's Attorney John Milhiser said. "So
that's the concern locally. The concern that it is a danger to our
community if there are more people out there driving with these
substances in their system."

Eighteen members of Congress from
around the nation have signed up to this bipartisan letter addressed to
the president. The lawmakers' letter argues a schedule one
classification means marijuana businesses can't deduct business expenses
from their taxes, or take tax credits. Illinois Lawmakers Call for Marijuana Reclassification


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