Supporters of a saner marijuana policy scored a small victory this week when the Obama administration said it would authorize more institutions to grow marijuana for medical research. But the government passed up an opportunity to make a more significant change.
The Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday turned down two petitions— one from the governors of Rhode Island and Washington and the other from a resident of New Mexico — requesting that marijuana be removed from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act.
Teddy C.: I think the DEA is doing the pharmaceutical industry’s dirty work because it would lower people’s dependence on prescription drugs and thus affect their bottom line.
Tammy S.: So I’m confused. If the leaf helps people to recover from heroin addiction why make it a Class I? Isn’t this a good thing. The attached article says it’s non-addictive.
Rayn: Government creates law against substance. Government seizes substance whenever possible. Government law, and enforcement of it, lead to artificial scarcity. Government law, enforcement and subsequent artificial scarcity, drive drugs into black market. Government corners black market, as only entity legally allowed to possess substance. Government monopoly and control over substance drive prices into sky.
(Paul Armentano) The United States Drug Enforcement Administration today rejected a pair of administrative rescheduling petitions challenging the federal classification of cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance with no accepted medical utility.
The agency’s decision continues to classify marijuana in the same category as heroin under federal anti-drug laws, maintaining that the plant possesses a “high potential for abuse” and that it lacks “accepted safety for use … under medical supervision.”
The video is almost certainly of Malia, but whether or not she is smoking a marijuana joint cannot be confirmed. It could be some of that St. John’s Wort or Horny Goat Weed all the kids are smoking at festivals this year.
My Commentary: A perfect follow-up to my last shared article about the DEA refusing to rescheduling cannabis out of the “dangerous” schedule 1 category… because “science”… LOL!
Nope. Nothing wrong with any of this: not the part about control-freaks “regulating” the peaceful right into prison, nor the part about “science” being whatever political parasites say and pay for it to be, nor the part where the higher agents of the State, and their pals, enjoy legal immunity from the tyranny they help create…
(Jay Syrmopoulos) The federal government has once again revealed itself as nothing more than puppets to the big pharma industry. On Thursday, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) moved to deny any changes to marijuana under its federal drug schedule, keeping the drug in the most restrictive category for U.S. law enforcement purposes.
For decades the pharmaceutical industry has poured millions into the pockets of corrupt politicians as they lobbied to keep cannabis illegal. As the Free Thought Project reported last month, a new study from the University of Georgia shows exactly why all that money was spent. Legal marijuana destroys big pharma’s profits.