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Medical marijuana legally recognized

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Friday, June 18, 2010

The Oregon Board of Pharmacy voted to officially change marijuana's designation from a schedule I to a schedule II drug, meaning that it now is officially recognized as having medicinal value.

Oregon is the first state to designate marijuana any lower than schedule I, though the change is largely symbolic.

"A schedule I drug means that it has no medicinal value that is recognized," said Lane County Chief Deputy District Attorney Patty Perlow. "A schedule II drug has recognized medicinal value but a high risk of abuse..."

This reclassification, however, does not change the legality of the drug or the sentencing if you're caught with it.

Read more at KVAL.

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