Vermont Gov. Shumlin supports doctors prescribing pot

By Dave Gram

MONTPELIER, Vt.—Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Thursday he supports and will sign onto a request that federal law be changed to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana and pharmacists to fill the prescriptions.
“I think it’s ludicrous that marijuana is put in the same category by the federal government as heroin and other drugs that are extraordinarily addictive,” the Democratic governor told reporters at a news conference Thursday.
His comments came one day after Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire filed a report and petition with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to change marijuana from a “Schedule 1” drug, banned under federal law, to a “Schedule 2” drug available by prescription.
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