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Feds Want Input On Marijuana Reclassification
Posted by CN Staff on April 06, 2018 at 12:58:24 PT
By Tom Angell
Source: Forbes
Washington, D.C. -- The Trump administration is asking Americans for input on whether marijuana should be reclassified under international drug control treaties to which the U.S. is a party.Currently, under both U.S. law and global agreements, marijuana sits in the most restrictive category of Schedule I. Domestically, that means it is not available for formal prescriptions and research on its effects is heavily restricted. Globally, it means that nations signed onto drug treaties are not supposed to legalize cannabis.
But now, the United Nations World Health Organization is set to launch a review of the current international classification of marijuana, THC, cannabidiol and other related compounds and preparations, and it wants input from member nations. In turn, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking "interested persons" to submit comments that can inform the country's position on the issue before it weighs in with the UN.Specifically, FDA is inviting input on the "abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use of" cannabis and its compounds, the agency wrote in a Federal Register notice scheduled to be published on Monday.WHO's Expert Committee on Drug Dependence will meet in June to discuss marijuana's classification and will then make pre-review recommendations to the UN secretary-general about conducting a more in-depth analysis. Following that process, depending on the findings, cannabis could be rescheduled internationally, which would provide momentum to efforts to change marijuana's status under the laws of the U.S. and other countries.Last year the body pre-reviewed CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabis compound found to be have medical benefits, and recommended that it be subject to further analysis. The substance, which is not currently listed under international schedules but is considered Schedule I in the U.S., "has been demonstrated as an effective treatment of epilepsy in several clinical trials" and "is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile," the WHO pre-review found."There is no evidence of...any public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD," the committee wrote.Marijuana itself has never been subject to formal review since first being placed in Schedule I of the international agreement enacted in 1961, FDA notes in the new Federal Register notice.Public comments are due to the FDA by April 23.Last month, UN Secretary-General António Guterres used a speech before the body's narcotics commission to tout the drug decriminalization law his home country of Portugal enacted when he was prime minister.But also last month, the UN’s drug enforcement body issued a report warning countries not to legalize marijuana.Tom Angell publishes Marijuana Moment news and founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Follow Tom on Twitter for breaking news and subscribe to his daily newsletter.I'm a 15-year veteran of the cannabis law reform movement, and I know where to look to spot the most interesting legalization developments. I'm the editor of Marijuana Moment, a cannabis news portal, and separately I serve as chairman of the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Source: Forbes Magazine (US)Author: Tom Angell, ContributorPublished: April 6, 2018Copyright: 2018 Forbes Inc.Contact: readers forbes.comWebsite: http://www.forbes.com/URL: http://drugsense.org/url/4t1gBJmzCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #35 posted by Hope on April 21, 2018 at 21:39:19 PT
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I'm so humbled, dear lady. 
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Comment #34 posted by afterburner on April 21, 2018 at 11:35:13 PT
Much Left for Which to Fight
Much left to fight for beyond legalization, pot activists say as they mark 4/20.
April 20 has long been a day to celebrate cannabis and the culture that surrounds it.
By Daniela Germano. The Canadian Press.
Fri., April 20, 2018
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/04/20/much-left-to-fight-for-beyond-legalization-pot-activists-say-as-they-mark-4-20.html
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Comment #33 posted by FoM on April 21, 2018 at 04:59:38 PT
Hope
Thank you! I wanted to feel I completed something in my life but didn't think it would be possible but I think we might just see this in our lifetime. You have been my Guardian Angel through this all or I would have quit so many times.
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Comment #32 posted by Hope on April 20, 2018 at 20:33:34 PT
5,897 comments now.
That's a lot. I hope it helps.
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Comment #31 posted by Hope on April 20, 2018 at 20:25:19 PT
You're welcome!
That's one of the things about C-News that was so helpful. Like you, back then I thought it would be over in a year or two... because it was only right... but, it is difficult to turn a juggernaut... which, thankfully, we have now seen that juggernaut, in fact, turned by all of the people speaking out against cannabis prohibition right in the face of that very dangerous juggernaut. They said it couldn't be done. Remember the response we all often got when we told someone about our hope. They'd say, "Maybe, but not in my lifetime." I knew that had to be wrong.I got so depressed and overwhelmingly distressed about every two weeks on average. The news was very difficult most all the time. Knowing that there were others worried about all this was a comfort. We all lost it from time to time but knowing we weren't alone made it easier to not give up. It all seemed so crazy. It was crazy! I remember that one time you were so through with it all... but thankfully, you let us talk you into staying and keep hammering away at the injustice. Thank you for staying.I have always been encouraged by your dedication to this cause.Thank you.
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on April 20, 2018 at 09:39:20 PT
Hope
You're welcome and thank you for always being here for me when I thought I was going to lose my mind! LOL!
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Comment #29 posted by Hope on April 20, 2018 at 08:22:10 PT
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C-News was born and lived out of a beautiful gesture of love. I'm sorry you all had to suffer... but I thank you so much for C-News and the way you have tended to and nurtured this site for the sake of Tim's memory and for everyone else that this prohibition of cannabis has harmed.Thank you, FoM.
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Comment #28 posted by FoM on April 18, 2018 at 04:46:38 PT
afterburner 
Legal like tomatoes! Yes yes yes!
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Comment #27 posted by afterburner on April 17, 2018 at 10:26:20 PT
Legal, like Tomatoes!
March 22, 2018.
Former Tomato Farm in This Montreal Suburb Will Grow Cannabis for Canada’s Legal Market.
Mirabel is on the cusp of a cannabis empire. 
https://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2018/03/22/former-tomato-farm-in-this-montreal-suburb-will-grow-cannabis-for-canadas-legal-marketWe asked for it again and again. Here it comes. Roll on, my friends, roll on!
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on April 16, 2018 at 16:55:06 PT
Soup Herb
When this journey started 20 years ago I figured I would do it for a year. Well here we still are. I had no interest in politics and didn't vote. I do now though! We have been through some terrible times. We have seen people be shot and killed at the Rainbow Farm. At least one suicide and illness and death. We have watched folks go to prison and lose their jobs. It all started because my son asked to try marijuana to help him battle Aids back in 1996 and his Hospice nurse said no it is illegal. I saw my son waste away and I knew I had to do something in my son's memory to change the law. Here we are now and it is amazing to see and I thank you and everyone who has ever contributed to CNews from the bottom of my heart.
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Comment #25 posted by Soup herb on April 16, 2018 at 16:24:17 PT:
FOM
You are one of my favorite people in the whole world letting me be a part of this incredible movement...
It's much more than freeing cannabis. It's is more about getting out the truth, making people see it and make rational judgements all the while Governments and corporations are full throttle on getting rid of a middle class and making slaves of us all...some things never change.
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Comment #24 posted by FoM on April 16, 2018 at 14:03:24 PT
Soup Herb
Thank you for the compliment!
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Comment #23 posted by Soup herb on April 16, 2018 at 05:10:38 PT:
The Feds...
If the federal government wants comments on cannabis just send them a link to this amazingly wonderful site!
That should be enough info to get the truth...etc.
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Comment #22 posted by Hope on April 13, 2018 at 01:39:07 PT
Here's what they are asking for comments about...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting interested persons to submit comments concerning abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking, and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use of five drug substances. These comments will be considered in preparing a response from the United States to the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the abuse liability and diversion of these drugs. WHO will use this information to consider whether to recommend that certain international restrictions be placed on these drugs. This notice requesting comments is required by the Controlled Substances Act (the CSA).
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Comment #21 posted by Hope on April 13, 2018 at 01:36:13 PT
3,908 Comments Received
Still about a week for comments.
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Comment #20 posted by Hope on April 11, 2018 at 15:07:24 PT
Afterburner
I'm pretty sure you don't have to be an American citizen to comment over there at that register. It's about WHO.The World Health Organization really wanting comments. I saw some Dutch people comment. I may be wrong though, maybe they were American citizens with Dutch names.Also, I was going to say, without really saying how angry he did get, that Tom Angell is not happy with those of us too paranoid to comment on the National Register. I vaguely remember going there to comment on some farm or dairy industry problems we were having around here a few decades back. But other than that, I don't recall ever even hearing of a National Register where people go comment. But it's probably the kind of thing you don't think about until there's something specific... like this comes up. I'm working on my response. I want it to not be very long and easy to understand. There's so much. Things to mention, perhaps: Inhumanity. Human rights. Ignorance. Senseless fear. The enormous benefits in all aspects of the plant. What's wrong with the haters? The sheer insanity of the prohibition of this plant. Loss. Death. Imprisonment. The suicides. The children. The blaming. The stigmas. Sigh. So much. I just want to say it and not be angry.
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Comment #19 posted by afterburner on April 11, 2018 at 14:06:14 PT
Hope #18 Still Telling Truth after all these Years
Here's some input that might help you decide what to say to the Feds. Speak truth to power. Plus, do what you do so well: support and honor the victims of this heinous cruelty, based as it is on lies and prejudice.For the British propaganda that "skunk" cannabis is way too strong and therefore dangerous, a good history of hashish:STRAINS & PRODUCTS.
6 Cannabis Concentrates That Changed the Game.
DAVID BIENENSTOCK.
April 9, 2018
https://www.leafly.com/news/strains-products/6-weed-concentrates-that-changed-the-game?utm_campaign=Roost&utm_source=Roost&utm_medium=push
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Comment #18 posted by Hope on April 11, 2018 at 10:45:08 PT
2,527 comments today
That's more than twice as many as the day before!I think we should all (and all our friends, families, and neighbors that we can muster), go there and say something in support of legalization... regardless of any paranoia or fear.... or doubts. I fully understand those fears and doubts. I was so afraid of the government when I started speaking out online. I wasn't smoking and didn't have anything to smoke... but I was still afraid. I think if I had been holding... I would never have gotten the nerve to speak up. I remember thinking about... what did we call it... oh yes... "Throw down" evidence. Where they get you... regardless of how "Innocent" you are, or not. Even a relative of mine mentioned that wasn't I afraid of a midnight raid and a swat team in my bedroom... just for speaking out. :( I still have friends that are afraid to even look at C-News on their computers. It's really sad when people are so afraid of their government that they dare not speak out against something they feel that government is doing wrong.Well here it is twenty years later and they still didn't come see me or throw down anything on me. Lol! And I'm glad!That's what we do, for heaven's sake. Get your name up over there.I still haven't decided what to say. But dang it... I'm saying something. They asked for it. They're going to get it.
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on April 10, 2018 at 12:14:12 PT
Some of the comments
are so touching. They are bringing me to tears. I hope and pray these comments help right the world, which has been so wrong on this matter for so long now. Maybe their efforts really will help make the world a better place.Some are just businesslike and to the point. Others tell the tale of the tragedies we all know all too well that are inextricably linked to or directly caused by the prohibition of cannabis. Someone has even mentioned all the deaths... including the deaths of good police officers that didn't have to happen but did indeed happen because of the illegality... the prohibition of cannabis.The use of the plant cannabis is a natural human right. It really is... no matter what the proud, self-righteous, authoritarian/punishers that are the prohibitionists like to imagine. I'm wanting to think of all the words that so aptly describe prohibitionists. Nasty minds... no doubt.Cannabis is a natural human right. Just like air and water and willow trees.
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on April 10, 2018 at 10:33:48 PT
The tracking numbers
indicate they are FDA numbers. This is very odd, in that "Anecdotal" evidence has always been so despised and scorned by the FDA. Very scorned. Now they want anecdotal accounts and evidence?Is that Jeff Sessions in the background grinning wickedly... with some sort of catch net in his hands?
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on April 10, 2018 at 10:24:19 PT
Of the thirty eight...
I'm seeing more anonymous postings and some perhaps "Nicknames". There are very good and certainly, legitimate and very touching comments. I hope they matter. Courageous folks. I salute them. 
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on April 10, 2018 at 10:18:16 PT
Comments at the Federal Register
When I clicked to show "All comments"... they only show thirty eight. What's that mean? They threw the rest out for some reason?I see each comment that is posted has a "Tracking number". At least one of the comments is posted with the name "Anonymous".
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on April 10, 2018 at 10:10:32 PT
Found this. The count won't change but once a day.
This count refers to the total comment/submissions received on this document, as of 11:59 PM yesterday. Note: Agencies review all submissions, however some agencies may choose to redact, or withhold, certain submissions (or portions thereof) such as those containing private or proprietary information, inappropriate language, or duplicate/near duplicate examples of a mass-mail campaign. This can result in discrepancies between this count and those displayed when conducting searches on the Public Submission document type. For specific information about an agency’s public submission policy, refer to its website or the Federal Register document.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on April 10, 2018 at 10:05:54 PT
Seems odd...
There are still only 959 comments. Same as it was last evening. Now I see where you can read the comments.I also discovered that you can write them on paper and send it via snail mail and it will be accepted if it gets there before the cut off date. Doing it that way... paper and snail mail will prevent your name from showing up publicly on their site. Going to check out the 959. (For those believers like myself, I'm praying about commenting to the government web site... and haven't felt any confirmation one way or the other. I'll let you know if I pick up a God vibe about this. (: )
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on April 09, 2018 at 20:25:46 PT
Sadly, it's just impossible to trust these people.
Warning: these are all Government websites I'm posting... so maybe you might not want to go to them. Pretty sure this is the place. It's probably useless and they may put commenters on a list of undesirables or something. But maybe it's for real. No doubt, there will be plenty of people commenting to keep it illegal as possible. I'm going to do it, I think. I've got to think what I'm I'm going to say. But... I'm still looking.https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FDA_FRDOC_0001-8331On this page, it says as of now that 959 comments have been received. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2018-N-1072-0001 But I can't see anywhere to actually see the comments.Of course, don't click on any of these if you don't want to go to a government website. I'm sure some sort of tracking from there could and might happen. I don't know.
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Comment #10 posted by Soup herb on April 09, 2018 at 13:13:18 PT:
Hope
It is definitely a con. I'm 63 and it is more than obvious.
If what the voters are saying isn't enough to look at the science and then simply do the right thing...it's a con.
Even better...The Fed's work for the corporations who dictate our laws and shape our culture. Exactly what a grown and then shrunken middle class has been fighting against for now easy 100 years. 
Easy as tomatoes or it's a con.
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Comment #9 posted by Oleg the Tumor on April 09, 2018 at 11:10:13 PT
All the writs of Mandamus, all the pain&argument?
Will the mistakes of our past frame our future? If the Trump administration says, "Well, nobody commented through their lawyers lobbyists, so . . .The problem with speaking truth to power is that power is as Deaf as a Post!Hope has a good point. If we leave a comment, will we be victimized later?Free the Prisoner of Schedule One!
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on April 09, 2018 at 11:03:39 PT
Lo, these many years I have clamoured against this
I've been commenting about this debacle for years...now I don't know what to say.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on April 09, 2018 at 10:15:52 PT
What do you think?
Do you think everyone should go there and leave a simple comment? Or do you think it's a bad idea? Like a trick question? A trap or something? Because it's a government website?
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on April 08, 2018 at 23:42:19 PT
Federal Register
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/09/2018-07225/international-drug-scheduling-convention-on-psychotropic-substances-single-convention-on-narcotic
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on April 08, 2018 at 22:19:47 PT
Where are they actually asking this?
Where are people actually supposed to respond to this?"The Trump administration is asking Americans for input on whether marijuana should be reclassified under international drug control treaties to which the U.S. is a party."
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on April 08, 2018 at 22:14:21 PT
We need to talk about this...
Quickly."Public comments are due to the FDA by April 23."Surely they don't mean comments from regular people, regular "Public" like us. Comments they'll actually look at? If they do, then maybe we need to show them a deluge of comments.This is strange. Oh my gosh!Tom Angell needs to send them all his articles. Certainly, many of us here and over at DrugWarRant and other sites and blogs could make useful comments. The "Public"?This is very odd.
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Comment #3 posted by Soup herb on April 08, 2018 at 07:45:27 PT:
Trick Question
Since when have the feds ever needed anything other than the huge bribes from corporations to tell them what to do...
It's the rule of the day and not going to end any time soon.
So...think what you want but that article is nothing more than a trick question.
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on April 06, 2018 at 19:12:18 PT
Marijuana is safer than water!
True, a statistically correct statement! Look up overdoses; water several dozen a year, marijuana zero!That's my input, so are you going to put people in jail for using/ingesting water? Or marijuana/cannabis/hemp?
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Comment #1 posted by Soup herb on April 06, 2018 at 17:45:19 PT:
Who wants what?
The people of this United States have been fighting the federal gov. to just stop the lies a fraud and let the safer than aspirin, cannabis, be removed from the fraudulent schedule of drugs. Isn't enough there is the FDA and ATF to regulate this fine gift from the Heavens, for heavens sake.
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