This could be a really long post if I wanted it to be, going into the history of why marijuana was classified and demonized from the start in the 60s and 70s. I have spoke with those researchers that were forced to create false reports to the government claiming it's a gateway drug. I am disabled with a neuromuscular disease and I am on extensive painkillers and muscle relaxers just to keep me from going insane. Medical marijuana has kept me out of the emergency room A countless amount of times because if I catch it quick enough, a marijuana edible along with my migraine medicationkeep me from getting migraines so severe that they have to sedate me in the hospital before my muscles spasms in my head then literally start to crush my skull. I know I live in a state that is on the cutting edge of medical and recreational marijuana research, lawmaking and regulation. The following are a few changes I would like to see made. First, declassify it to still need a Rx from a doctor before but that it's not technically illegal to do so if your state agrees. That way if I use MMJ to take get off the Oxycodone and Valium, and even if the state I'm traveling to has a reciprocal law that as long as I can still bring MMJ and red card at a time I need it most - traveling - I technically can't take it because the airports are run under federal law so I can't take it when I visit another state because I have to go thru the airport. This forces us in pain and disabled with a choice: take the edibles on the plane and hope I don't get caught or take just my meds and probably end up with in a foreign ER a couple times and the rest of the time in bed. Second, for me and many others, it doesn't make us "high" but a lot more able to get out and do things without being dopey from legally prescribed pain meds (opiate cousins of heroin) and muscle relaxers (in my mind a lot less effective and less habit forming or adaptation to the medicine). However, it comes at a very high price about to get higher depending on HOW to vote. Right now medical MJ is subject to only sales tax. Recreational MJ is charged a 25-30% additional tax for items that are just not that potent and meant altogether for a different purpose - like having a beer. I just learned that politicians are shooting for 2019 and make it all recreational. High taxes and we'd have to buy a lot more since the potency is lowered. Also, I have to have a special type of MMJ that's already hard to find. Many medical MJ makers (I can only do edibles and patches) would just close their doors. In additional to the higher taxes that would be severely painful financially, and the fact that I would have to buy more of it, but it's also like having insurance that doesn't cover prescriptions...we have to scrape all the pennies and discounts just to get the basics. Add tax and lower potency, and no insurance coverage, plus our regular medical bills, you will just be hurting the people the original vote was meant for. Thank you for your serious consideration.