If cannabis is legal in Washington why is it still schedule one?

People keep asking me questions about why I think cannabis is still illegal in WA. First and foremost, cannabis is STILL a schedule one drug on the WASHINGTON Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as well as the Federal CSA.
There are no tenth amendment protections or local law enforcement protections for cannabis if it is still listed on the CSA as an illegal (Schedule 1) substance. Look for yourself.


So my suggestion is, Russ Belville and those who promoted this crap the most, should be brave enough to be the first people to open up a cannabis shop in WA.  After all Russ Belville and Ganja Jon have been promising to move to Washington as dumb laws like this get passed.  During a show in 2010 they were talking about how if SB 5073 passed they would be moving to Washington.  So what is it?   Why are they waiting?

Video response to Russ Belville’s lies.   As judge Judy says  “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me that it’s raining”

If cannabis is legal in Washington, why is it still a schedule one drug?

If cannabis is legal in Washington, why is it still a schedule one drug?

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  • Dave

    Seems to me that the very first sentence covers cannabis and Wash. CSA

    “Unless specifically excepted by state or federal law or regulation or more specifically included in another schedule, the following controlled substances are listed in Schedule I:”

    i-502 specifically excepts it…

    • I-502 specifically excepts possession of an ounce. So in some ways yes.
      But if you look at section 10(a):

      “(a) Federal laws relating to marijuana that are applicable within
      Washington state;”


      I-502 specifically acknowledges the Federal jurisdiction, and submits to it.
      Therefore a store opening with the permission of the LCB is unplausible.
      The state can’t put state employees in jeopardy of violating federal law, especially with the specific acknowledgement of federal cooperation all throughout I-502.

      You do have an interesting point that I hadn’t considered before.
      If the Federal Government was to remove cannabis from the Federal CSA, or if the federal government lost jurisdiction via the commerce clause of the constitution. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commerce_Clause )

      Then at least Washington wouldn’t have to fight within the state to change their own CSA.
      Other states would still have that fight, less Colorado.