In American legal news, pot (aka marijuana) reform has become a frequent headline news story. After open debates, Washington and Colorado made history by voting for recreational use of marijuana. Pot has been at the center of several arguments concerning its Federal Schedule I drug status. Medical news often reports on concluded studies that state pot is a softer drug than alcohol. Despite the vilification of pot in the past, it is quickly becoming socially and legally accepted. Medical pot is often the first step in legalizing marijuana in a state, and safe access has been improved for children and adults.