Oregon lawmakers to the federal government: de-schedule marijuana

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers joined legislators from across the country on Monday in calling for the federal government to remove marijuana from the list of controlled drugs.

If the federal government were to heed the request, it could ease restrictions on cannabis research and banking in states that have legalized the drug. Yet it comes at a time when the U.S. Department of Justice is increasing its scrutiny of states with legal marijuana markets.

Oregon lawmakers have been pushing for a similar resolution since last year.

“As more states continue to legalize either medical or adult use cannabis, it is imperative that we allow legal cannabis businesses to access the banking system,” Oregon Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, said in a statement.

The lawmakers’ vote to pass the resolution took place in Boston, at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ annual summit.

Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, was not at the summit but

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