Last week U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stated that the DOJ would be willing to work with congress to re-schedule marijuana if they were willing. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) scolded Holder during a House Judiciary Committee meeting Tuesday reminding the attorney general that he already has the authority to ask the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study of cannabis for the possibility of reclassification.
The lawmaker said its classification alongside much harder drugs “breeds contempt for our laws,” and he said there is strong medical evidence in favor of less restrictive laws against marijuana.
Cohen reminded the attorney general that the Obama administration has issued executive orders on minimum wage, environmental, and immigration laws, so why not pot?
But Cohen again said the attorney general had the authority to begin the process of reclassifying marijuana as Schedule I drug – and it wouldn’t cost his office anything.