Last year, Governors Christine Gregoire of Washington and Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island petitioned the DEA to reclassify cannabis out of Schedule I.
This makes good sense because the Schedule I designation requires that a drug have no accepted medical uses. If a drug has an accepted medical use, it cannot be a Schedule I drug.
In June, 2000, Hawaii passed SB 862 HD1, which legalized marijuana for medical use.
In fact, across the nation, 16 states and the District of Columbia have officially acknowledged the medical efficacy of cannabis. (See “State-by-State Medical Marijuana Laws 2011:” )
The State of Hawaii’s official recognition that cannabis is medicine invalidates the DEA’s Schedule I designation by definition.
Governor Abercrombie should join the petition to reclassify cannabis. It is the right thing to do, and it will mark him as change-oriented governor standing up for his state’s right to govern its own medical programs.