Congressman Yarmuth says country moving away from 'demonizing' marijuana

01/09/2018 11:46 AM

Following Attorney General Jeff Session’s announcement that he would be rescinding the Cole memo, which created a passive policy on marijuana laws in states, U.S. Representative John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, says he believes marijuana policy could soon change in the country.

Congressman Yarmuth says some in Congress are seeking to reschedule the class of marijuana. Currently, marijuana is identified under DEA as a Schedule I drug, the same classification as heroin, LSD and ecstasy.

“Its judged to be the same potency as heroin. Clearly it is not. Clearly more than half the states in the country have made the determination that it is not. I believe there are 29 states that have medical marijuana and I think eight now have recreational marijuana. It’s going to be a conflict of laws if they actually go pass this change in official policy and actually start enforcing this, you are going to see some enormous push back and possibly somewhat of a constitutional crisis.” he said.

Congressman Yarmuth believes states will be the leaders on a policy change as more move toward medical and recreational marijuana in the state.

Marijuana is still illegal in Kentucky.

Hear Congressman Yarmuth’s remarks on the marijuana policy:

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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