On March 21, 2017, California Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Temecula, presented a resolution to the Senate Standing Committee on Public Safety that would have the California State Legislature urge the United States Congress to pass legislation to reschedule marijuana and have President Donald Trump sign it.
Stone’s resolution, SJR 5, calls on marijuana to be rescheduled so that there can be greater opportunities for legal medical research into marijuana and so that state-legal marijuana businesses can access traditional banking services.
Following Stone’s summary of SJR 5 for the committee, Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, chairwoman of the committee, commended Stone’s mission to reschedule marijuana.
“I really appreciate that you brought this before us,” Skinner said. “Obviously the ability for the state to collect taxes is very important, but I think on top of that … the fact that we cannot do the research and we cannot either discover what additional uses marijuana may have for real medical purpose or what uses now being claimed … actually have efficacy is really a disservice, and as a pharmacist I think you greatly appreciate that, so I thank you for bringing it to us.”
The committee passed the resolution unanimously and it now heads for its third reading. You can watch Stone’s full presentation below.