The Biggest 24 Hours In Pot History?
Last Thursday, August 11, may easily just be the biggest 24 hours ever in pot history.
It marked the fourth straight time that the Drug Enforcement Administration denies requests to reschedule cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, which reaffirms the prohibition. Seriously, this is a burning issue and we need something to be done about it. Sadly today, marijuana remains a Schedule 1 substance, which also includes other harmful drugs such as heroin and LSD.
In this day and age, the government still perceives pot to be just as dangerous as heroin and LSD, and even more dangerous than opiate painkillers which kill people everyday because of fatal overdoses. Meanwhile, nobody has died yet from a marijuana “overdose”. The future of marijuana legalization is looking hazy, and people are not happy about it. The DEA is now facing some of the harshest criticisms in its entire 43-year history…. But they deserve it.
This other extraordinarily brilliant move from the government was backed up by their claims that marijuana still has no proven medicinal value and shows a strong potential to be abused. The filings were published too, including information on the decision, (outright) rejection of marijuana’s medicinal properties, various statements about industrial hemp, and a request to permit more marijuana cultivation for the purpose of research.
According to DEA officials, the denial of petitions to reschedule cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance was because of the recommendations coming from the FDA as well as the Department of Health and Human Services, both entities which have conducted medical and scientific trials and concluded that pot should not be rescheduled.
However, representatives from democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said that she would have cannabis as a schedule 2 drug if she won the upcoming elections. In a statement, Maya Harris, a senior policy advisor for Clinton, has said: “Marijuana is already being used for medical purposes in states across the country, and it has the potential for even further medical use.” She also echoes Clinton’s sentiments throughout her campaign, adding; “As Hillary Clinton has said throughout this campaign, we should make it easier to study marijuana so that we can better understand its potential benefits, as well as its side effects.
Citizens all over the nation had high hopes about the rescheduling, and we all share the same sentiment about the ruling. Even Dr. Sanjay Gupta, trauma neurosurgeon and writer for CNN, referred to the decision as hypocritical. He said that the ruling could be dangerous to countless individuals who will be denied medical marijuana. Gupta even called out the DEA judge for his hypocritical ways, because the same judge 30 years ago ruled that “In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care.”
According to Debra Saunders, conservative columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, “really, how can drug warriors who want to make it harder to prescribe opioids also want to make pain-alleviating medical marijuana off-limits? There is only one reason to cling to the status quo — willful institutional blindness.” She blames Obama, and said that this fall she will be voting for California legalization Proposition 64, which would provide $2 million annually for medical cannabis research in the golden state.
In response, marijuana advocates have started a campaign around the number "6630507". This is a patent case number filed by the US government where it states that the cannabis plant has multiple therapeutic benefits. Marijuana lovers are writing the number on their hands and body parts and sending pictures out to ask how the plant can have no medical value on one hand, and yet the US government has stated in its' patent that it has therapeutic effects.
Meanwhile, In Chicago….
The day before the news broke about the DEA’s rejection to reschedule cannabis, no other than the President Obama’s daughter, Malia Obama, was caught smoking pot at the Lollapalooza music festival. The irony…. Not sure how well the president’s daughter is going to be able to roll herself out of this one, but we hear you, Malia. We hear you.
A video was released on Wednesday showing the 18 year old puffing a rolled cigarette that did look very much like a joint. Needless to say, it sparked a controversy although Malia isn’t a stranger to being talked about. But even her father, in his memoir, did admit to enjoying some pot (and even a “little blow” during his younger years). Luckily for Malia, pot was recently decriminalized in Illinois, where she was supposedly caught smoking pot.
I think there’s definitely no big deal about Malia Obama’s pot use. Let her be a teen, and let her enjoy the benefits of the herb!
Given all these news, media definitely did have a field day last week! Y’all must be exhausted - go light one up!