By Derrick Stanley
The Utah House unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday requesting that the federal government reclassify marijuana, making it less regulated to allow for more medical research.
Floor sponsor Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, said "The federal government is way, way behind in realizing that there are some medical possibilities with cannabis."
Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it should have "no currently accepted medical use in the United States," according to the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Diversion Control website.
Daw said that marijuana needs to be reclassified as a Schedule II drug. Schedule II drugs "have a high potential for abuse" but are recognized as having some medical benefit.
Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, said he'd "like to see the federal government allow us to gather the information that's necessary to make good policy decisions, both at the state and the federal level."
The resolution, SCR11, received no opposing votes.
"To me, this is more than a resolution to make us feel good. This is important stuff, and we are seeing a federal government that has, for far too long, dropped the ball on this and kind of ignored the problem," Daw said.
The resolution now goes before the governor for his decision.