Monday, July 25, 2011

The DEA's Childish Stance on Marijuana

Hello all my 420 compadres! I'm back after an extended break from blogging on the Chronicle and I'm happy to report that I've been cigarette-free for 7 weeks now and I have a much clearer head. To everyone out there who still smokes cigarettes, please give it up right now. You'll miss it for a while, you'll get depressed, you'll get angry, and you'll be grouchy as hell, but after all that's over you're going to feel great. It's totally worth it.

So I haven't posted much on The Chronicle in about a month and a half and I'd say the biggest news to come along in the world of weed in that time has been the DEA's refusal to reschedule marijuana under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, a decision which is currently being appealed. Rescheduling marijuana, which is currently a Schedule 1 drug, to make it a Schedule 2 drug would require admitting that the substance has medical value, which the DEA so far refuses to do.

I find this insulting to the intelligence of our nation.

How can the government continue to deny the evidence? Marijuana is currently being recommended for the treatment of a massive variety of illnesses by doctors all over the country and Marinol (an extract of the marijuana plant) is being prescribed, yet marijuana has no medical value? Are doctors and patients imagining the benefits gained from the medicine? I don't think so.

The DEA and the government in general are like a child who sticks their fingers in their ears and refuses to listen because they don't like what's being said. If you object to marijuana for moral reasons, that's fine. Don't smoke it. But don't deny sick people the only medicine that can make them feel better. It's just wrong.

Marijuana currently falls under Schedule 1 with drugs such as Heroine, LSD, Peyote and Mescaline, drugs that the government says have a high potential for abuse, no current accepted medical uses and a lack of accepted safety.

But drugs like cocaine, opium, methadone, Oxycodone, Morphine and Amphetamines are currently Schedule II drugs, meaning that they DO have accepted medical uses. If you ask me, these drugs are MUCH more dangerous than marijuana. As usual, our government has everything backwards.

We can only hope that they appeals process works and common sense prevails, but I wouldn't hold my breath. Common sense is a rare thing in American politics these days.
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