42 Washington legslators, including 7 Republicans, have sent a letter to the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) requestion marijuana be reclassified as a Schedule II drug.

The reason for the request would so physicians can prescribe it for medical purposes and it can be legally handled by pharmacists.   Authorities also say it would help provide more oversight and control  for medical marijuana programs.  They also say it would assist law enforcement in WA cities, where state and local laws often clash with Federal drug laws.  Despite many states having medical marijuana,  Federal law still considers posession a crime.   Conversely, in Idaho, as previously reported here,  Gov. Butch Otter is opposed to a pending bill that would legalize medical marijuana.  The WA legislators are asking the Feds to change their classification of the drug.