Thursday, December 1, 2011

Governors petition federal government to reclassify marijuana

Raw Story

Governors Christine Gregoire (D-WA) and Lincoln Chafee (I-RI) announced at a press conference Wednesday that they were jointly filing a federal petition to reclassify marijuana for medical use.

“Sadly, patients must find their way along unfamiliar, uncertain paths to get what their doctors tell them would help – medical cannabis to relieve their suffering,” Gregoire said. “People weak and sick with cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases and conditions suddenly feel like — or in fact become – law breakers.”

The governor’s rescheduling petition follows a similar petition that was denied by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in July. The DEA claimed that “marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no accepted medical use in the United States, and lacks an acceptable level of safety for use even under medical supervision.” The medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has challenged that claim in court.

The operative phrase is "no accepted medical use in the United States". Accepted medical usage in civilized countries doesn't count, of course. Damn foreigners. And it won't as long as our tax dollars fund The War On Some Drugs and the Prison Industrial Complex. Let's pay through the nose to lock up our fellow citizens for doing something our bluenose Puritan anti-fun retards don't like even if it helps people rather than take a good look at the issue and possibly decrease profit. Not to mention power.

While we're waiting for that to happen, have a drink. There's a lobby for, and a lot of profit in, that as well.


montag said...

It's nice they are making an effort but it should be classified as a Schedule III drug, if at all. It would still keep the proles under control and save the 1% all that money spent on cops, courts and corrections.

Gordon said...

I think it should be classified as a garden-variety weed.

David Aquarius said...

Schedule Two is the preferred level of the Feds. They aren't going to let it drop to a point where the common person can legally grow it or sell it in stores, even in state-regulated smoke shops.

The Feds want marijuana controlled lock, stock, and dank bud by the Pharmaceutical companies. At Schedule Two, cannabis is still considered a 'dangerous and highly abusive' substance which means it would have the same prescription security as Oxycontin.

No collectives or dispensaries would be allowed, no home grows. Every one who needs the ganja for medicine will have to go through highly regulated drug stores. Production would be done by Big Pharma only.

Obama could wash his hands of the whole thing by saying "OK, there ya go! It's legal now! Kinda."

In a way, dropping to Schedule Two is the worse thing that could happen.