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Political leaders in Oregon and Washington said they’re disappointed with Thursday's ruling from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The agency denied a petition to reclassify the drug as less dangerous, meaning for now, the DEA still doesn't believe it has any medical value. That's despite voters in 25 states and the District of Columbia legalizing cannabis for medical purposes.

But the agency did agree to expand the number of manufactures registered to supply marijuana for research purposes.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he’s disappointed by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's decision not to reclassify marijuana. In a letter Thursday, the DEA said marijuana will remain a Schedule I drug for now.

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Federal agents have raided a number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the Puget Sound region.

Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Jodie Underwood said Wednesday afternoon the operation was under way. She declined to immediately provide details about how many dispensaries were being targeted or how many search warrants were being executed.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than three dozen Washington state lawmakers are asking the federal government to reclassify marijuana.

In a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Monday, the lawmakers said they supported Gov. Chris Gregoire's previous request on the issue. Reclassifying marijuana as a Schedule II drug would allow it to be prescribed by doctors and handled by pharmacists.