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Heroin Is Clearly More Dangerous Than Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on August 05, 2015 at 18:50:10 PT
By Matt Ferner, National Reporter 
Source: Huffington Post 
Washington, D.C. -- The new Drug Enforcement Administration chief has finally made it clear: Marijuana is safer than heroin. DEA head Chuck Rosenberg told reporters Wednesday morning at the administration's headquarters that "heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana," clarifying a less definitive statement he made last week, when he said marijuana is "probably not" as dangerous as heroin. Rosenberg said cannabis is still "harmful and dangerous," but that his original remarks should have been clearer.
Cameras were not allowed at the press briefing, but DEA spokesman Joseph Moses confirmed Rosenberg's remarks to The Huffington Post.The statement lines up with the science that has long been clear on the plant being one of the least dangerous recreationally used drugs. And while Rosenberg's comments may initially seem benign, they represent a significant shift in the point of view of an agency that continues to classify marijuana as one of the "most dangerous" drugs, alongside heroin and LSD. They also represent a departure from the former head of the drug agency, Michele Leonhart, who resigned earlier this year amid allegations that DEA agents participated in "sex parties" with prostitutes in Colombia. She refused to acknowledge that marijuana might not be as unhealthy as harder drugs like heroin and crack.Four states and the District of Columbia have now legalized recreational marijuana, and 23 states have legalized the drug for medical purposes. Activists and lawmakers in favor of marijuana policy reform have held out hope that Rosenberg would lead the DEA away from its heavy-handed, marijuana prohibition-focused past. Instead, they've championed a pragmatic approach to monitoring and enforcing the drug that falls in line with the public's support for its legalization, as well as congressional support for states that have relaxed their marijuana laws. Under the Controlled Substances Act, the U.S. has five categories for drugs and drug ingredients. Schedule I is reserved for drugs the DEA considers to have the highest potential for abuse and no medical value. Marijuana has been classified as Schedule I for decades.Rosenberg has said he still wants the DEA to enforce current marijuana laws, but that the agency should focus on "the biggest and most important cases there are," and that the heads of DEA bureaus around the nation should also concentrate on "the most important cases in their jurisdictions." Typically, he said, that's "heroin, opioids, meth and cocaine, in roughly that order, and marijuana tends to come in at the back of the pack." Advocates for marijuana policy reform offered praise -- and jeers -- for Rosenberg's new, clearer remarks."Itís sort of remarkable that a DEA chief simply saying heroin is more dangerous than marijuana could actually make news," Ethan Nadelmann told HuffPost. Nadelmann is executive director Drug Policy Alliance, one of the world's largest public policy organizations seeking the reform of marijuana laws."I guess thatís a reflection of how out of touch his predecessor was -- that she couldnít bring herself to simply state the obvious," Nadelmann said. Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for Marijuana Policy Project, said it's great the DEA can finally acknowledge "what any rational person has known for years" and joked about how common-sense Rosenberg's statement really is."In other news, the sky is blue," Riffle said. Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Matt Ferner, National Reporter 	Published: August 5, 2015Copyright: 2015 HuffingtonPost.com, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/URL: http://drugsense.org/url/SNDIfSZ0CannabisNews -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on August 12, 2015 at 19:46:42 PT
Trump has never been an attractive personality
In any way, at all, to me.
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on August 12, 2015 at 16:28:14 PT
Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren would make me very happy. 
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on August 12, 2015 at 16:27:06 PT
Hope
Can you imagine Trump as President! LOL!
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on August 12, 2015 at 14:33:20 PT
Bernie Sanders
I like him, too. At least, I don't dislike him, as I tend to do with most of the rest of them.
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on August 12, 2015 at 14:31:45 PT
 mahakal
You have been on my mind often lately. It's good to see you posting. How are you these days?
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on August 11, 2015 at 20:08:46 PT
mahakal
It's great to see you! I am 100% for Bernie Sanders too!
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Comment #9 posted by mahakal on August 11, 2015 at 16:44:40 PT
Cannabis prohibition will end shortly
I confidently predict Bernie Sanders will be the next President of the United States of America. :)Thank you all for still being here.
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Comment #8 posted by BuddyBoy420 on August 08, 2015 at 17:48:52 PT:
About time!
This is good, it's about time. As they say, 'I'll believe it when I see it'.
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Comment #7 posted by Paint with light on August 08, 2015 at 12:49:30 PT
The Revenge of 1984
I had just finished watching the video here....http://www.businessinsider.com/lawsuit-over-video-of-cops-eating-edibles-while-raiding-marijuana-dispensary-2015-8This is outrageous behavior and I am so glad it is in the public domain now.The lawyer that released the video deserves some credit for courage. I am sure the police are going to give him "extra protection".While watching the video I realized that with all the videos of the different police confrontations that have been in the news, the concept in the book, 1984, of "Big Brother is always watching", has been reversed.With the internet and cell phone videos the people are now watching, and sharing.As long as the internet is free, so are we.So for Big Brother, "Here's looking at you babe."Legal like alcohol is a good first step.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on August 08, 2015 at 10:20:50 PT
Why?
Judge delays decision on pot-shop videohttp://www.ocregister.com/articles/officers-332422-ocprint-video-santa.html
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on August 08, 2015 at 06:34:52 PT
In you face Leonhart
Your replacement says you are either a liar, lunatic or lemming.I say you were a cork in the bottle of progress. Why? I know why, everyone seems to know your real purpose but you?Like a rude fart in a crowded theater, the air is clearing since you're gone.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on August 06, 2015 at 13:16:39 PT
So... Mr. Rosenberg...
You know what the next question is. The thing that stifled your predecessor? Don't you, as head of the DEA, have considerable input with the scheduling issue?
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on August 06, 2015 at 10:53:32 PT
70% of Americans claim to be Chistians 
Jahovah said "it" was good in the very first chapter but hey, most of you get it wrong from the first to the last chapter anyway.Believing is simple, religion is hard!
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on August 06, 2015 at 08:21:31 PT
Heroine, more dangerous? 
So is about everything more dangerous than pot.Especially the DEA!Deaths by DEA: 10,000+ Deaths by the dreaded dank, -0-Who you gonna trust, bureaucratic tyrants or The Creator of the plant?
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on August 05, 2015 at 18:51:18 PT
Well Well Well
Amazing he corrected his former statement.
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