In a more minor part of legislative debates on medical marijuana, the Senate passed SCR11 on Tuesday calling for Congress to reclassify marijuana to allow more research into its possible medical uses.
It passed on a 25-0 vote, and now goes to the House.
Its sponsor, Rep. Brian Shiozawa, R-Cottonwood Heights, an emergency room doctor, noted that marijuana is a federal "Schedule 1" drug, meaning it is viewed as having no accepted medical use, is considered unsafe and has a high potential for abuse. Other Schedule I drugs include heroin, LSD and Ecstasy.
He said that means it is a Class 1 felony to even conduct legitimate scientific research on marijuana.
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