Illinois Lawmakers Seek to Reclassify Marijuana

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Two Illinois lawmakers will join 16 other members of Congress who've sent a bipartisan letter to President Obama supporting the removal of marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston and Mike Quigley of Chicago, both Democrats, signed the letter which asks Obama to direct Attorney General Eric Holder to move marijuana out of the strictest classification.

Schedule I listed drugs are regarded as having no legitimate medical use by federal authorities. Illinois is among 20 states that have authorized the medical use of marijuana.

The lawmakers' letter says the current Schedule I classification means marijuana businesses can't deduct business expenses from their taxes or take tax credits under the federal tax code.

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