Latest White House Drug Strategy Report Affirms Our Government Has Virtually No Interest In Actually Studying Marijuana

The White House yesterday, with little fanfare, issued its annual (and long overdue) 2011 National Drug Control Strategy report.
As usual, the White House’s official justification for the ongoing multigenerational drug war was light on facts and heavy on rhetoric, particularly as it pertained to the federal government’s fixation with criminalizing cannabis. Here are just a few examples (all of which are excerpted from a section of the report, entitled ironically enough, ‘The Facts About Marijuana‘) of your government on pot.

[C]onfusing messages being conveyed by the entertainment industry, media, proponents of ‘medical’ marijuana, and political campaigns to legalize all marijuana use perpetuate the false notion that marijuana use is harmless and aim to establish commercial access to the drug. This significantly diminishes efforts to keep our young people drug free and hampers the struggle of those recovering from addiction.”
Marijuana and other illicit drugs are addictive and unsafe. … The science, though still evolving in terms of long-term consequences, is clear: marijuana use is harmful. Independent from the so called ‘gateway effect’ — marijuana on its own is associated with addiction, respiratory and mental illness, poor motor performance, and cognitive impairment, among other negative effects.”
“The Administration steadfastly opposes drug legalization. Legalization runs counter to a public health approach to drug control because it would increase the availability of drugs, reduce their price, undermine prevention activities, hinder recovery support efforts, and pose a significant health and safety risk to all Americans, especially our youth.”

You get the idea.
Of course, none of these allegations represent anything new for this (or previous) administrations, and NORML has responded in detail to most of the Drug Czar’s claims previously. I did, however, take notice of this particular paragraph in the report, which appears under the title ‘Medical’ Marijuana.’

“In the United States, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has approved 109 researchers to perform bona fide research with marijuana, marijuana extracts, and marijuana derivatives such as cannabidiol and cannabinol. Studies include evaluation of abuse potential, physical/psychological effects, adverse effects, therapeutic potential, and detection. Fourteen researchers are approved to conduct research with smoked marijuana on human subjects.”

Only in an environment of absolute criminal prohibition can the administration imply, with a straight face, that allowing a grand total of 14 legally permitted scientists to study a substance consumed by tens of millions of Americans for therapeutic and/or recreational purposes is somehow to be construed as ‘progress.’ That total doesn’t even legally allow for one scientist per medical marijuana state to actively assess how cannabis is impacting that state’s patient population.
Moreover, this acknowledgment comes from the very same administration that on Friday flat out rejected the notion of even allowing hearings on the question of marijuana’s schedule I classification because, in their opinion, “there are no adequate and well-controlled studies proving efficacy.” Of course, with only a dozen or so scientists in the whole county even permitted to interact with pot and humans can there be any wonder why such studies aren’t more prevalent?
(By the way, remember the results last year of the series of FDA-approved ‘gold standard’ clinical trials assessing the safety and efficacy of inhaled cannabis in severely ill patients? Apparently neither does the DEA. Nor are they aware of these ‘well-controlled’ studies of medical cannabis. Or these.)
Interestingly, according to the DEA’s 2010 white paper on cannabis (no longer online), last year there were a total of 18 scientists licensed by the government to work with marijuana in a clinical setting. Perhaps next year there will only be ten. If the DEA and NIDA have there way perhaps by 2013 there will be zero.
As for the other 95 US scientists legally authorized by the federal government to assess the efficacy of ‘marijuana extracts and marijuana derivatives’ in animals, most of them were here last week — at the annual meeting of the International Cannabinoid Research Society. But even these ‘chosen few’ acknowledge that their work has next to no influence on the very administration that authorizes it.

Marijuana Researchers Meet At Pheasant Run
Researchers from around the world studying the effects of marijuana and exploring possible medical uses meet each year to compare notes and share their findings
About 250 scientists from around the world have gathered this weekend at Pheasant Run Resort sitting through seminars titled “Endocannabinoid Signaling in Periimplantation Biology,” and “Cannabinoids and HIV Pathogenicity,” to name a few, for the 21st Annual Symposium of the International Cannabinoid Research Society.
ICRS members meet once a year to compare notes on research studying how cannabinoids, compounds from the cannabis plant (more commonly known as marijuana) or from the brain called endocannabinoids, affect the body and how it functions.
While most attendees are scientists, many are graduate students or training scientists as well as physicians interested in learning how these chemicals might be useful in treating human disease.
“We are all around the world working on our own projects,” said Cecilia Hillard, ICRS executive director, professor of pharmacology and director of the Neuroscience Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
“That’s why it’s so wonderful for us to get together once a year so we can really share things that we learn,” she said.
For example, she said someone may be studying how bone is formed, and she is studying how the brain works.
“I learn a lot by learning how the bone is formed, and they learn about how neurons work,” Hillard said. “It’s really a lot of what we call a ‘cross-fertilization’ of ideas.”
While the society is not political, Hillard says the type of research that is done on the controversial topic of medical and personal use of marijuana is nonetheless important.
“We’re carrying out scientific investigations trying to understand what these molecules do,” Hillard said. “What we try to contribute to the debate is the reality.”
She said scientific investigation is done in a very neutral way, trying to understand what these molecules do.
“The mass appeal is, ‘is there a good use for this in the treatment of human disease?'” Hillard said. “Most of us really have a passion for looking at these molecules because there is a lot of potential for treatment of human disease.”
The findings of this research are published in scientific journals so that the information is available to anyone. She said sometimes “you have no idea the impact your work is having.” Hillard said part of the mission of the ICRS is to educate the public.
“I wish the politicians would (look at the data) but I don’t think they do,” she said.

126 thoughts

  1. Did the government ever do this much scientific investigation when they considered ending alcohol prohibition?? It’s all smoke and mirrors and more government waste instead of getting to the point…

  2. Well, they have already studied it. They know about the cannababoid properties it has to cure illness. They know that it is a cure for cancer.
    If they legalize it, then that means they won’t need all the cancer machines, equipment, medicines and Big Pharma is part of Big Bro.If they decriminalize it, that means that if you get busted for growing it in your house, then they can’t take your house like they can now. They can take your life, your family’s life and your dog too.
    We must rise up against the enemy. Hold them accountable for 30,000 dead mexicans. They admitted the drug was was a failure. They used fast and furious so they could take our guns away. The plan backfired and now they need to be held accountable.
    Big Bro has his pocketbooks out when it comes to the drug war. After project ‘Fast and Furious’ I am totally convinced that the drug war helps fund the neocons of the feds.

  3. I don`t believe these drunken idiots in Washington are still grunting like cavemen!!! Look at this….a Partial quote from Uncle Sam the drunken hypocrite man.
    and pose a significant health and safety risk to all Americans, especially our youth.”
    Of course the idiot is speaking about marijuana. What the idiot didn`t mention was all the alcohol party`s they attend with children. These same idiots who say Marijuana is a safety risk to our children have done nothing to protect our children from the Alcoholic baby-rapers.
    Drinking alcohol in the same building/home children live is a bigger safety hazzard to children than 50lbs. of pot in a home with no kids.
    I know good people are working hard to legalize Hemp. But as long as Big Pharma, Big chemical, Big alcohol, and all of Satans minion control our United States, we are all doomed.

  4. What happened to Obama? Has he sold out or was he already bought? Oh, yea! I forgot if you make it to run for president as Party darling,your already bought and payed for, try to remember this next time you vote! Gary Johnson looks better every time.

  5. NORML:
    Your not going to win this war against our freedom to choose on the air waves.
    Your not going to win this war against our freedom to choose on the internet.
    Your acceptance of the current medical marijuana movement if successful will only assure marijuana for personal use will NEVER see the light of day. Once the Pharm companies lay claim – its all over for legalization…perminently! I know this is where you start saying …… 40 years blah blah blah.
    Honestly, how can you support a measure that if successful will negate all that you have accomplished in that 40 years? 80% of the word narcotics are consumed by the United States. The profits by these Pharm companies are simple amazing and resession proof. If we hand the the patent to marijuana they will never let it go. You have often commented about the tenacity of the Cig & Alcohol lobbyist when marijuana topics head to the hill; imagine how much money they would have to throw around given they controled the LARGEST CASH CROP in the WORLD? Do you really want to give PHARM companies that much power???????
    So NORML please understand my confusion with your stance. Medical Marijuana will kill NORML mission.
    The only way to win is to take it to the streets in an orderly protest consistently and during times of hightened political coverage.
    [Editor’s note: Yep…you’ve aptly demonstrated you’re confused about NORML and overly argumentative about inane things seemingly only you care about. No doubt.]

  6. I don’t care if marijuana use makes you loose your hair, teeth, and nails…if it’s ILLEGAL the profits of prohibition, not just the effects of the substance, will cause a great deal of pain, suffering, job loss, productivity loss, financial loss, defamation, corruption, crime, tax evasion, money laundering, and even death. Lowered regulation of hormones and potential breathing anomalies sounds a hell of a lot better than prohibition; any day of the week. C’mon do they really think we’re that f**king ignorant? Marijuana causes motor operation impairment? Yeah and so does eating and driving, texting and driving, talking and driving, drinking and driving, yet ALL OF THOSE ARE 100% LEGAL and JUST AS, IF NOT MORE, IMPAIRING (***especially*** alcohol, which 70+% of high school students are using by 12th grade) Good job Government, good job.

  7. And, just like in the late 1970s, perceived risk of marijuana use is going down. That means more use, which in my benevolent opinion, is GOOD because people fear the unknown. As long as we continue to treat marijuana as if it’s dynamite…no, more like terrorists…we’ll NEVER come to a consensus that POT is SAFER THAN BOOZE. It’s a generational thing. Everyone of these “drug warriors” uses alcohol. How f**king hypocritical. How f**king hypocritical!!! HOW F**KING HYPOCRITICAL!!! Ya, I hope you’re watching DEA. I know you’re looking. Keep on, cus you’re gonna learn how to legalize marijuana.

  8. I left a similar comment on Facebook to this one! One thing that comes into play is the fact that the Pharmaceutical Companies have lobbyists paying handsomely to the White House to look the other way! Instead, they will continue to feed this bullshit propaganda to us to keep this stupid Prohibition on Marijuana over our heads! The Alcohol and Tobbacco Industries are also lobbying to keep Marijuana illegal as well! It’s kind of ironic that all this MAN-MADE crap is perfectly legal, and something that grows naturally like Marijuana is made, illegal! I hope it comes to a vote soon for us to decide for ourselves! I’m sick and tired of the same old propaganda and rhetoric that gets us nowhere!

  9. AND, if the cannabis sativa plant “may [have] medical value for some of [its] individual components [and derivatives]”, then HOW IN THE WORLD can we even begin to benefit from them if we continue to evaluate ALL parts of cannabis as Schedule I while drugs like METH derivatives (which we feed to our children like candy) and CRACK derivatives, and HEROIN derivatives are Schedule II? So basically every single drug is legal EXCEPT pot and psychedelics (excluding potentially more harmful, and synthetic, THC). I call bulls**t! SOMEBODY has vested interests that don’t align with 80+% of the population.

  10. I’m not surprised with this rash of federal governments final offense against a loosing war on marijuana.
    What’s next?
    Will the internet be shut down?
    Bring on the HR 2306 and save the United States from self-destructing.

  11. Do we not vote for these people that dont read anything[DEA] WE THE PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER TO VOTE THEM OUT///YES//OUT OF OFFICE/// SO PLEASE USE THE VOTE// AND get these DICKHEADS OUT OF OFFICE//THANK YOU PEACE & LOVE//

  12. How can we allow a fiendishly gray government to play god over nature?
    No man made law is above nature.

  13. House Republicans on Tuesday failed to overturn the new energy-saving standards for light bulbs enacted by President Geo W Bush in 2007. They are ANGRY that this is yet another example of big government interfering in citizen’s lives. The vote was 233-193, just short of the 2/3rd majority they needed to prevent this intrusion in the lives of Americans.
    For many Republicans, those newfangled, curly looking light bulbs are the last straw, proof of an overreaching government sticking its nose into the lives of Americans.
    To many Republicans the pushing the new bulbs are like Liberals pushing the benefits of marijuana… they can’t sleep at night knowing Americans are going to be “forced” to buy squiggly bulbs that are much more efficient and saves energy, over Thomas Edison and his incandescent bulbs invented over 100 years ago. There is no proof they save enery I heard one Republican say. Other Republicans have this to say:
    Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas: “Now the government wants to tell consumers what type of light bulb they use to read, cook, watch television or light their garage.”
    Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas: “I’m not opposed to the squiggly tailed CFLs… but making the old bulbs go away seems to me to be overkill by the federal government.”
    Presidential contender and popular Tea-Partier, Rep. Michele Bachmann: “we bought a bureaucracy that now tells us which light bulbs to buy.”
    Which brings me to the lastest news, that not surprisingly, according to NORML’s latest Blog News, The NIDA still feels, despite a complete lack of scientific research as evidenced by the recent disclosures from the DEA in rejecting a petition to reschedule cannabis, that to even consider legalization of cannabis in any way, shape or form, is essentially so dangerous to “our youth”, that it won’t even be be considered, except by a select few scientists hand picked by the government to prove their point.
    We are a free country… we shouldn’t have to buy those new fangled, squiggly bulbs anymore than we should have to tolerate research into “DANGEROUS DRUGS”. American citizens, according to William Bennett, columnist at CNN, and former Drug Czar made it clear as Americans we have “freedom of choice. “We can say NO”!
    Well, you know what??? As a 57 year old American Citizen – an ADULT!!! I say Yes to CANNBIS and YES to those Squiggly Bulbs! Now how does that affect our youth? How does legal and proven deadly tobacco, and exceedingly hard to control alcohol relate to our youth??? You want proof?
    You want PROOF after 40 Friggin’ years to prove it and you have not even tried? Shame on you, and REALLY, shame on you if our youth and the adults in this country mean so damn much to you!
    Seriously, I demand not another penny of my taxes support the DEA or cannabis prohibition. IT’s TIME to Talk… it’s time to stop the hurt and let sick people use a plant that benefits them, and legalize a plant that the non-governmental scientists have shown is less harmful and addictive than the currently legal ones.
    And, YES, a light bulb should hopefully go off in your ignorant heads, and I don’t mean an incandescent one!
    GET REAL and Stop The Hurt!

  14. obama is fired. I can not stand this president because he is the first one to try and act cool. Well it s not cool to say one thing and do another which has been the case throughout his term. Ron Paul damn the numbers go out and vote for Paul no matter what they say he is one of america’s last great hopes.

  15. I think we’d be taken more seriously if we could learn to spell. Specifically, the homonyms (not synonyms) ‘there’ and ‘their’. Not to mention ‘they’re’ payin’ attention. Who? I said not to mention it!.
    The time has come to free the prisoners of the failed and grievously unjust drug war (on users). Restitution is in order. Cannabis is the finest medicine on Earth. The DEA is obsolete, and certainly should not be focusing their “limited resources” on a harmless herb.
    All use of cannabis is medicinal. Our bodies crave it. Our president has not the courage he pretended when running for office on the lie that he’d treat ‘marijuana’ just like any other prescribed drug.
    If this is his re-election strategy, he’s in for a shocking upset to whatever nutjob they put up against him. I’m glad I didn’t buy into his “change” BS. Same old circus, just different clowns.

  16. I read their damn report. I don’t know what to think. They interpret the evidence to support their worldview the same as everyone. The only thing to do is vote.

  17. Anyone taking bets that the liquor lobbyists have their hands down to the toes in the governments pockets?? Yep yep, I can see their fingertips out of their pant legs!

  18. The distilled essence of this War on Drugs is to subjectively stop the existence of people who use a substance.
    If the substance was so bad, using it would be penalty alone.
    It’s playground mentality taken to the highest levels of human interaction. An adult needs to step in here.

  19. The government, once it gets power, does not give it up. We thought we learned our lesson in senseless wars after we lost Vietnam. Well, once the Soviets were gone (and thus gone the only nation large enough to keep us from attacking many countries), how long did it take for us to test the waters on more wars? About a year. We’ve been fighting wars ever since. That’s correct. We have been at war with some country or another basically since 1991. We have been at war for twenty years. Again, the government does not relinquish power once it gets it. No one said much about Desert Storm…or Kosova…or Somalia. So, the government now has the power to wage war without so much as a real consensus.
    The government has the power to jail people on charges that would baffle anyone who has common sense. They are not willing to give up that power. We live in the American Gulag Archepeligo. We have more people in prison per capita that several dictatorships currently in power. We’ve even farmed out these gulags to corporations who run these so-called “private prisons”. These corporations, in turn, lobby senators and congresspeople (on both state house and federal levels)to keep jailing people for victimless “crimes” and keeping them there. How can they make more profits if people aren’t in jail? They’re not going to let government legalize marijuana.

  20. The basic message the government is sending is “we know what’s best for you”. No you don’t. I only know what’s best for my body, and some doctors. You are politicians, not doctors. Stop playing god. Let people drink bleach if they please.
    Next we’ll have a war on food and they’ll tell us what to eat.

  21. Stop playing god. Only me and some doctors know what’s best for my body. The basic message the government has is “we know what’s best for you, and if you don’t listen you sit in a cage with rapists”. Sorry, I personally believe if someone is idiotic enough to drink bleach, they should be able to. You are politicians, NOT DOCTORS.
    Using this logic, we should have a war on food. Let people sit in jail for possessing banned foods. When will this insanity end?

  22. If only I had been born a century earlier… This crap is getting super old after living 40 years of it.

  23. OBAMA promised in 08 election to not make mj a law priority,
    time to start playin those clips again over and over,on you tube…

    Potimism-[pot-uh-miz-uhm]- noun
    . The belief that marijuana will become legal no matter how unlikely it seems and there are positive ways around the excuses people give saying it can’t be legal.
    Tell your friends! Let’s make this viral!
    1. A disposition to look at the medical/financial benefits of marijuana and the good it will bring by making it legal.
    2. The belief it can be used responsibly like alcohol, except it’s much safer.
    3. Marijuana prohibition has overall failed and there are reasons it needs to be legal. Having more people vote yes on propositions that would make marijuana more available would help.
    4. To know that if it was sold in stores, weed would not be considered a” gateway drug” due to the fact that some dealers who sell marijuana also sell hard drugs like cocaine and heroin, making it an easy access to its use. This would also make it harder for minors to get it since there would be an age limit.
    5. To know the Reefer Madness generation was a time when people were brainwashed by the government to believe that marijuana has more negative side effects than it really does and that it leads to making bad decisions like murder, which is not true. The movie Reefer Madness, which exploits these untrue lies and was made for the purpose of having people oppose weed, has “Tell your children” in text at the end which sadly to say many have, leading to a chain of generations to believing it is worse than it really is. Thankfully this chain is weakening and more people are starting to realize the truth about weed.
    6. To know that alcohol is the driving force in a number of public and domestic disputes which can lower if more people smoked marijuana instead of drinking alcohol.
    7. That drug lords who operate marijuana rings can start their own legal business if marijuana became legal. (why not?)
    8. Knowing that it being illegal is causing violence to go up due to drug wars. This would go down significantly if the plant was legal.
    9. It had other uses such as oil and clothing.
    10. Our fore fathers, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, grew marijuana and our last three presidents have smoked weed.

  25. Ok so what new? we all know they will do this. we all know they wont legalize cannabis. does any one in here vote are they to busy getting stone

  26. Once again I want to thank NORML’s staff for continuing to fight against an oppressive government. The founders of this country would be outraged at the way this matter is being treated. Nothing divides this country further and does as much damage as marijuana prohibition. It causes us to not trust our government or even out neighbors; if they knew maybe they might squeal… I pray that this changes sometime before I die! Seriously, what the hell is wrong with our Federal Govt? Why does anyone in their right mind support the DEA? Oh yeah – the money…

  27. i vote and i want to know what they are going to say when a study come out that its a fact marijuana cures cancer.NOTHING its been done already.legale.
    hemp is a danger to big pharma big oil and a host of things that takes money from the powers that be

  28. I still cannot wrap my head around the ignorance of this country and politicians. Really since when do they give a damn about medications harming people? Everyday more and more people get addicted and die on Big Pharma medications.Yet you NEVER see the people that give and or made those drugs getting any type of jailtime, maybe a lawsuit but they can afford it. So medications are only ok if a large company says so? Same company that gives massive lobbying efforts to stop the natural way that does work? I really dont not see how this country went down hill so fast into big brother when we fought to get away from these rules from Great Britain. With spending in the government ull always need a paystream of a cash flow, we the americans are their cashflow.If everyone who smoked marijuana in the USA had a sit in at one of the govermental buildings then maybe we will get somewhere. but when our politicians can make one deal with a corporation and their family is set financially for life then what are going to do? they will take the deal and were all left to pay the bill. I am almost positive if this country is handed over to china then the people that put us in this will get in their private jet and not come back.Once again those ontop make the rules screw it up then leave the mess for us to pay off this debt.

  29. Typo:I really do not see how this country… And its not just the debt that they leave us with its the infrastucture, overpopulation, bad and or tainted natural resources, famine due to being overpopulated and more, the more you think about it the more anyone realizes how actually screwed we are. Marijuana is a stepping in the right direction for man-kind. The Main problem i have is that they wont allow larger facilitys to form. There should be a cap on it due to massive corporations. Massive corporations would hinder the medical value, but large corporations to a certain point can increase productiion without loosing quality of the product. Think about this, the less competition the more they can charge but when there is alot of competition the prices are forced to go down for people to buy your product. So if there were alot of medium to large dispensiaries then the marijuana would be affordable, better quality and more consistancy than on massive scales.

  30. Another thing the only reason they call it a gateway is because not every drug dealer just sells marijuana. They have other narcotics that they try and get people to take. So If it wasnt in the dealers hand and was behind a counter then people would be tempted to try the other drugs that the dealers have..If you have ever seen a child spin and spin around then uve seen one of its first trys do get away from reality.

  31. “Common Purpose – Don’t fall into that trap.”
    It’s the objective of “Common Purpose” [Gods of the modern world] to re-frame society to follow its set of values, to change the direction of society, and create a vicious police state to rule with. They are nothing more than criminals dressed up like politicians – wolves in sheep’s clothing.
    It’s not a war against cannabis – “That’s a false front.” It’s a war against We the People – not only in America – but – all over the world. “It’s a class war – elitism v. the common people.” This diversion is a perfect example of “The hand is quicker than the eye” – and – this chicanery – this shell game – has caused nothing but contempt for politicians, i.e. our government. They have rung the bell. We can’t un-ring the bell – but – we know that life gets even with you in the end. We can certainly help the end along by being the “C rock” that exposes their underground activities leading to world domination. So! from a true American patriot’s point of view – one is either for this country and its Constitution [the supreme law of the land] – or – one is an enemy of the state – and – most assuredly an enemy of We the People – and – no one is exempt from this point of view.

  32. “But even these ‘chosen few’ acknowledge that there work has next to no influence on the very administration that authorizes it.” —> their, not there

  33. All our names and IP addresses are being collected by the government for a big round up. We will be re-educated.

  34. i just don’t understand , how the government can have
    their pharmaceutical THC as a scheduled III , but then
    say the cannabis plant is as bad or worse as a herion
    addition and needs to be labeled as a schedule I drug, a very dangerous drug,
    the government has been studying cannabis since the 1970’s. all the studies showing how harmless cannabis really is ,and have them lie strait to our faces. they don’t even believe in there veterens(LEAP)=A PERSON who has had LONG SERVICE or EXPERIENCE in an occupation,such as POLICE, JUDGES, MILITARY, what does that tell us about who is running this country.
    it’s getting embarassing how dum founded they’re acting, to save their pharmaceutical company investments. we can vote all we want , but until they want it to be legal, they’ll throw the children in front of the bus to stop it, which doesn’t make any sense. rememeber the saying when we had alcohol prohibition, END PROHIBITION! SAVE our CHILDREN.

  35. Shame on the entire American science community for letting the Drug Warriors get away with this.

  36. Remember area 51? The Feds are GOD and you better do as your told or else! We can’t fight them, hell we can’t even make a comment without being threatened in all sorts of ways from police agencies. You can’t even work without being positive toward the Federal Majority that is paid to run your lives and make money off your meaningless little lives. Am I right?

  37. Mark my word and you heard it here first. Plan on an all out war with the Feds and all their money donating corporations, Tobacco, Beer & Liquor and especially pharmacy companies if you ever want to legalize MJ. Historical Truth: No war has ever ended without a lot of blood being spilled. In time, the whole world will attack America and I don’t blame them, in fact I’d like to wax a few of the bastards myself for all the pain and misery.

  38. “Cecilia Hillard, ICRS executive director, professor of pharmacology and director of the Neuroscience Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin.”
    Genesists in all 3141 Colonies in the U.S.are urged to support the science. In the end – it will have to be regarded as a medicine and get legitimized anyway – so better sooner than later. It will be completely controlled by pharmacy and medicine. “Go to the doctor – get a prescription – go to the pharmacy – get the Rx filled. You’ll get a bottle of pills just like the rest of your meds. Their “ace up their sleeve” is – leaving the whole plant material in schedule I. That overwhelmingly ingenious brain fart left the “most nutritious whole food known to man [hemp]” in schedule I. [maybe because it’s an organic seed] THC has been a legal substance since dronabinol. The natural extract of THC [a single cannabinoid] was restricted by the existence of the whole plant material itself – “You can have the orange juice – you just can’t touch the orange.” Everything else, any other reason or use will be federally illegal, and enforced. Of course – we know – that’s a violation of the Constitution and an attack on state sovereignty – that’s their point.”

  39. A movie to watch – if you can find it. If it hasn’t been pulled from the shelves.
    A Hand Maidens Tale

  40. To all the people who want perfection– you need to get over yourselves.
    STOP saying “how can we tax and regulate a plant from nature Maaaaaan” that hippy sets us ALL back.
    Our own kind set us back as much as our enemies.

  41. 41.) you realize the schedule III version of THC that you can prescribe is reported to have killed 4 people; while the natural schedule I plant version has never killed anyone. That should really tick you off!
    My question is where is the media? you tweet your dick and they are on you like sharks on an injured seal. Well, with the huge shift in public opinion lately isn’t that enough chum in the water? It really bugs me that the media just gives prohibition a quick “here is the truth, here are the lies… you decide” attitude. Why won’t they INVESTIGATE and call the czar and DEA on their bullshit? “we don’t believe it’s medicine so we won’t let you study it and that leads to a lack of evidence to prove it might be medicine, which doesn’t matter because it’s not medicine… look at the monkey!” What; what?
    It really makes you wonder what else they don’t tell us that they know the truth about.

  42. People it’s time for a Bully Beat down!!! In this corner you have the douche bag Government with all it’s strenth wrapped in lies, and in this corner you have the American people wrapped up with 40 years of oppression ready to come apart at the seams!! Advantage: American people. Get your tickets folks, this is going to be a real Beat Down!!! Don’t split the Douche bag’s head to pieces until the end of the fight, I really really want to enjoy every last second of this Beat down!!!!! God! that felt good!!!

  43. all these “confusing messages” (including the entertainment industry and the media) is because more and more people know from their own experience that it is harmless. The tide cannot be held back forever. We will break through and have legal pot one day. (I just hope I’m alive to see it).

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