Obama Urged To Reclassify Marijuana

18 Democratic members of Congress want Obama to match his rhetoric with action


In a recent interview, President Obama downplayed the hazard posed by marijuana, declaring the drug no more dangerous than alcohol and contrasting it with the graver risk presented by "harder drugs" like cocaine and methamphetamine.

And in a letter sent Wednesday, 18 Democratic members of Congress agreed, urging the president to put his money where his mouth is and direct the attorney general to reclassify the drug under federal law to reflect its lower risk factor.