(Updated 8:07 p.m.) - Spokane City Council voted unanimously to share the same voice as dozens of other Washington state lawmakers urging the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration to reschedule medical marijuana as a Schedule II drug so it can be prescribed by doctors and filled by pharmacists.
City council members Jon Snyder and Mike Fagan are co-sponsoring the resolution. Fagan says they’re piggy-backing on Governor Chris Gregoire’s recent petition to the federal government, asking to reclassify marijuana so Washington can safely distribute the drug without the risk of federal prosecution.
“We’re basically sending the same message,” Fagan said in support of the Governor’s letter. “Federal government, you have to get off your butt. We have patients who are in limbo... They’re subjecting themselves to arrest and prosecution.”
Fagan says his position is carried over from his successful campaign from last year, but also personal experience from the death of his step-mother.
“When you have a parent or someone special who is about ready to leave this world, you don’t have the opportunity to reconcile with them,” Fagan said.