25 States Call Marijuana Medicine Why Not DEA?
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25 States Call Marijuana Medicine Why Not DEA?
Posted by CN Staff on June 09, 2016 at 13:51:57 PT
By Christopher Ingraham
Source: Washington Post 
USA -- John Kasich signed Ohio's medical marijuana bill into law yesterday, making it the 25th state (26 counting Washington, D.C.) to allow some form of medical marijuana use.Ohio's measure is more restrictive than medical marijuana bills in many other states. It does not allow patients to smoke marijuana -- they must ingest it orally via edible products, or use a vaporizer. It doesn't allow patients to grow their own marijuana, and only a handful of conditions, including epilepsy, chronic pain and cancer, qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation.
Medical marijuana advocates had launched a campaign to put a broader medical marijuana bill before voters this fall. But the bill approved by legislature and signed by Gov. Kasich was in many tended to stave off more permissive ballot measures. And it appears to have been successful: the group pushing for the ballot initiative recently suspended that campaign, calling the legislature's bill "imperfect" but saying the bill's passage represented "a joyous day for the thousands of Ohioans who will finally be able to safely access much-needed medicine.This year has been a symbolically significant year for medical marijuana policy: with the passage of legislation in Pennsylvania and Ohio nearly 175 million Americans -- over half of the population -- now have access to medical marijuana.These changes are putting pressure on the federal government to update a decades-old marijuana policy that most experts agree is out of step with current scientific understanding of the drug and its risks and benefits.The Drug Enforcement Administration has, since the 1970s, classified marijuana under the most highly restrictive category of regulation: Schedule 1, meaning it has "no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse." Marijuana shares this designation with heroin.But drug science has come a long way since the 1970s. Researchers now know that marijuana is actually one of the least-addictive mind-altering drugs. Even chronic uses poses few serious risks to physical health.Most importantly, at least for federal classification purposes, marijuana has been shown to have great promise when it comes to medical use. It's been shown to be an effective treatment for chronic pain. Given that people with this condition are routinely prescribed powerful painkillers that cause tens of thousands of overdose deaths each year, broader use of medical marijuana in these cases would quite literally save lives.But neither the research, nor more widespread public acceptance, have so far prompted drug authorities to relax federal restrictions on marijuana. The biggest marijuana-related change at the DEA in the past year was an acknowledgement by the administration's chief that heroin is in fact more dangerous than marijuana. The DEA Administrator still believes that medical marijuana is "a joke."The DEA is currently in the final stages of reviewing a petition to re-schedule marijuana and has told lawmakers it will have a final decision by July. Advocates of medical marijuana reforms say the petition represents a chance to bring the agency more in line with public opinion, scientific consensus, and the lived experience of millions of medical marijuana patients.Source: Washington Post (DC)Author: Christopher IngrahamPublished: June 9, 2016Copyright: 2016 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #9 posted by afterburner on June 15, 2016 at 12:24:45 PT
How Did We Miss this One? 
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Comment #8 posted by SoupHerb on June 13, 2016 at 04:42:04 PT:
It is Amazing
Runruff, on just how pin point perfect your statement is on the DEA and Government. Sad state of affairs to say the least...after all, knowing that the movements of the people in the 60's were thwarted by a republican party led by the Nixon administration created and is maintaining this sorry fight against the population of tax payers FOR CORPORATE GREED...that just can't be emphasized strong enough... 
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Comment #7 posted by Runruff on June 12, 2016 at 09:03:27 PT
I am enjoying the DEA's stubborn refusal to acknowledge the truth about cannabis. It is becoming more and more telling what they are really about. Their dogged refusal to speak the truth says something about the state of our government. Our government is corrupt to the core! Nothing less than a revolution is called for here. I have read that powerful entities never relinquish power, they build on it. I can say that my generation was awake and at the helm of social change. We died in the streets and on college campases , fighting for peace and justice. Will this generation pick up the mantle and carry the revolution forward or capitulate to the 1% and become endentured servants even further in debt to Wall Street and the IRS? The DEA is a criminal organization. Having the support and approval of a corrupt government does not make them legit!
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on June 11, 2016 at 03:59:11 PT
Another Former Politician Speaks Out
If pot is legal, we don’t need these absurd restrictions—commentary. Jesse Ventura
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on June 10, 2016 at 05:47:59 PT
I am so glad he is OK. He never returned my e-mail and that worried me!
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on June 09, 2016 at 20:08:21 PT
Politicians, Stop Discriminating against Cannabis 
Radical Rant: Marijuana—The Worst Drug Ever!
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on June 09, 2016 at 20:02:45 PT
And hey.... a huge milestone!
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on June 09, 2016 at 20:00:47 PT
Thanks, Afterburner.
I've been so worried about him and wondering if he was ok. 
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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on June 09, 2016 at 19:45:58 PT
Word from kaptin
"You need not be worried."
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