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We'd be more than glad to work with Congress if there is a desire to look at and reexamine how the drug is scheduled, as I said there is a great degree of expertise that exists in Congress," Holder said during a House Appropriations Committee hearing. "It is something that ultimately Congress would have to change, and I think that our administration would be glad to work with Congress if such a proposal were made.

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I think this is a great step forward. People everywhere have known for years now that marijuana is not nearly as dangerous as people have made it out to be. It has helped countless people treat a variety of diseases and ailments dating back to beginning of time. The senseless drug laws have put too many people in prison over a plant and it is time to change these outdated laws. Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are pushing to remove marijuana from the most dangerous drugs list and are looking forward to working with interested members of congress.

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There have been numerous congressmen that have come out in support of this effort over the past few years so finding people to help with the re-scheduling of the drug shouldn't be overly difficult. As long as people take this issue seriously and look at it from a humanitarian perspective and not worry about their campaign image the problem should resolve itself rather quickly.

It would be wonderful to see marijuana made legal throughout the country but most people are skeptical that will happen during Obama's term in office. The majority of people now realize that marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol and are starting to treat it accordingly. Adults should be free to drink beers, no one would ever think of making beer or wine illegal again but marijuana still remainsbanned in 48 of the States. Hopefully things will go according to plan in Colorado and Washington State, then in the next few years more and more states will begin to follow suit and make the plant legal for consumption across the board.

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