Lawmakers in California call for the reclassification of cannabis


California lawmakers are formally calling on the federal government to reclassify cannabis as a substance after voters approved a ballot measure to legalize cannabis.

The resolution called for changes in federal law which would allow for cannabis to be classified under a lesser designation through the Controlled Substances Act. The act lists cannabis under Schedule I, which is reserved for drugs with a high potential of abuse and no known medical use.

Lawmakers proposed the resolution to grant California cannabis businesses the ability to work with federal banks and a legal vehicle for those businesses to pay their taxes.

Joint resolutions under California law do not require gubernatorial action and will be directly transmitted to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, two U.S. Senators and the entire House of Representatives.