Eric Holder questions marijuana’s legal status as he prepares to leave Justice Department (VOX Media)

Updated by GERMAN LOPEZ | September 25, 2014

US Attorney General Eric Holder is ready to reconsider marijuana's schedule.

US Attorney General Eric Holder is ready to reconsider marijuana’s schedule.

On the eve of his reported resignation, US Attorney General Eric Holder said in an interview with Yahoo News that it’s time to reconsider marijuana’s legal classification in the federal government’s scheduling system.

Under the current classification, marijuana is placed in the same category as heroin, which severely limits how researchers and doctors can use the drug. A reclassification could dramatically shift how the federal government handles marijuana in the war on drugs and provide some legal legitimacy to medical marijuanaat the federal level.

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