United States Senator Calls for Marijuana Reclassification

Connecticut Senator

United States Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., is calling for a federal reclassification of marijuana. According to WTNH, Murphy spoke with medical marijuana patients as he toured Prime Wellness of Connecticut, one of the state’s six medical marijuana dispensaries.

“This drug is currently classified as a narcotic with absolutely no medical benefits. That means that research can’t be done at the federal level, that means that insurers can’t reimburse, that means that dispensaries can’t buy over state lines,” Murphy told reporters.

Murphy went on to say that the government is standing in the way of health and science and announced intentions to sponsor legislation reclassifying marijuana as a Schedule II substance. As a Schedule II substance, insurance companies could potentially cover medical marijuana under health insurance in states where the substance is legal.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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