On Nov. 7, 2015, at a democratic campaign event in South Carolina, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for additional research on medical marijuana. According to Reuters, the former secretary of state stopped short of endorsing medical marijuana, but insisted the federal government should reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug.
Currently marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, which means the federal government considers marijuana as one of the most dangerous drugs available and that it has no accepted medical use or value.
“Universities, [the] National Institutes of Health can start researching what is the best way to use it, how much of a dose does somebody need, how does it interact with other medications,” Clinton said.
Echoing Clinton’s words, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley also called for a descheduling of marijuana and more research. In contrast, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Clinton’s main rival, called for full legalization of marijuana and a complete removal of marijuana from the DEA schedule of drugs.