Last Friday (7/8/2011), the DEA rejected a nine year petition brought forth by the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis, asking for marijuana to have its Schedule I classification- a classification divined by the Federal Controlled Substances Act.
As a schedule I drug, the American government claim s that marijuana has a high potential for abuse and has no safe nor proven medical use at all (this includes medical experiments not given expressed permission to do so from the agency).
The ruling comes at a time when the movement to change the current legal status of the drug is at an all-time high.
Though a set-back to be sure, this was a move that did little to change the current position of the medical marijuana movement (let alone the slightly understated out and out legalization), as it was already a Schedule I drug (same as heroin I might add. Cocaine, on the other hand, is a Schedule II.)
In their brief, the DEA stated:
"…According to established case law, marijuana has no 'currently accepted medical use' because the drug’s chemistry is not known and reproducible; there are no adequate safety studies; there are no adequate and well-controlled studies proving efficacy; the drug is not accepted by qualified experts; and the scientific evidence is not widely available…"
Every revolution hits its defining crossroads… and I believe that Marijuana Legalization might have gotten to theirs…
This is the third time that there has been an effort made to try and get the drug rescheduled in the eyes of the Government only to end up giving the Federalizes another opportunity to spread their propaganda about the evils of the herb.
And there is a common denominator to all of these defeats… Marijuana is not a medicine.
Does it have some medicinal uses? Of course… If by medicinal uses you mean making you hungry and escorting you to a more relaxed and content frame of mind or some theoretical cancer fighting benefits some hippie you got stoned with at the Phish concert was going on and on and on about (important to note, there is no way to prove the hippie wrong without rescheduling the drug as Schedule I drugs are usually not allowed in medical tests).
But the second you sit a doctor down in front of panel of his peers… no matter how positive he might feel about marijuana… the second he is asked to justify the medicinal benefits of smoking joint all credibility is shot.
How can smoking- an act this government has spent billions trying to turn into an archaic thing we used to do- is going to be of any medical benefit???
Free the Weed…
See I’m starting to think that the movement is going about things all wrong, using this pussyfooted method of sneaking around and lying to doctors about phantom sport injuries and anxious minds.
Perhaps the way to go about changing the status of marijuana might be to just go for out and out legalization…
We all know that the end game for was never medicinal only.
Letting cancer patients benefit from the goodness in order to provide cover for folks clever enough to trick their family doctor into prescribing them an ounce of Sticky Purple Punch in order to let them get past their ADHD is fine and all…
But is that any way for a man to live??? Pulling one over on doctors for the rest of one’s life???
How can we on the one hand say that marijuana is no worse for either the user or society at large than beer and spirits (and in some surveys, marijuana users behave better) yet on the other hand make every effort imaginable to keep marijuana relegated to the underground?
We don’t need to making this an issue where we intend to lie to friendly doctors and live in some sort of nebulous legal loophole… we need to make this a moral issue…
We have to.
If marijuana users and supporters honestly believe that there is nothing wrong (no more wrong than there is in beer and wine) with grown-ups using marijuana then there needs to be no limiting the access to the drug.
We don’t with alcohol…
The numbers in response to the idea of an out and out legalization of the drug by the Federal Government have been steadily moving up nationally, with currently about fifty percent of the nation supporting the legalization of recreational usage of marijuana.
We, the American people, have seen the tremendous waste currently being experienced by our nation in its futile war against the popular drug. We see the billions being wasted in the confinement of small time dealers in high security prisons and the lives being ruined for doing nothing more wrong than enjoying a joint in the privacy of their own home.
We hear our lawmakers losing their minds over the relatively harmless use of this popular drug while more and more Americans (especially young Americans) are getting strung out (and in some cases dying) on the ever increasing in strength prescription pain killers and mood alterents the pharmaceutical companies are making sure doctors push to people.
The numbers support this move to just go for the glory on the issue…
It’s a tougher sale, sure (though in the current state of debt our State and Federal governments find themselves in, there has never been a better time to open such discussions); but it is the only choice to be made.