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Medical Marijuana Policy

Congressman Blumenauer’s Response To Marijuana Majority’s Petition Calling For Firing Of DEA Head

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DEA head Chuck Rosenberg made some very insensitive comments about medical marijuana recently, calling medical marijuana ‘a joke.’ That led to the Marijuana Majority starting a petition calling for the Obama Administration to fire Chuck Rosenberg. That petition has been signed by over 140k people, and is still gaining signatures. Congressman Earl Blumenauer recently responded to the petition. That response is found below:

There’s a revolution taking place across America to reform and modernize our marijuana laws, and no change is more profound than the treatment of medical marijuana. The reforms taking place are the result of the grassroots nature of this movement – including efforts by hundreds of thousands of people like you who signed this petition.

Over the last 20 years – despite the misguided federal prohibition of marijuana – we’ve seen overwhelming evidence of the benefits of medical marijuana. The success of marijuana in offering relief for patients dealing with symptoms associated with chemotherapy, glaucoma, PTSD, chronic pain, and more has led 23 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam to change their laws and fully legalize medical marijuana. An additional 17 states have approved more limited programs. Well over one million people now use medical marijuana in accordance with their state’s law.

It’s outrageous that the Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) would trivialize these important programs and experiences. Chuck Rosenberg’s comments, calling medical marijuana “a joke,” are out of step with growing scientific evidence and the experience and opinion of the American people. He also ignores reforms happening across the nation – and the President, who long ago directed his Administration to stay out of the way of states’ legalization efforts.

These statements are also deeply hypocritical. While there are important questions that still need to be answered about medical marijuana, the research that would provide those answers is often blocked by federal policy barriers – supported by the DEA.

It’s time to reject the outdated War on Drugs that Mr. Rosenberg represents through his comments. This is why I, along with six of my colleagues, recently sent a letter to President Obama echoing your concerns and calling for new DEA leadership that reflects the realities surrounding the status and perspectives about medical marijuana in the states, public opinion, research, and even the Administration. As the momentum continues to grow on medical marijuana, and broader marijuana reform, the federal government must catch up. I’m working hard in Congress to treat state-legal marijuana businesses fairly, to ensure better access to medical marijuana for veterans, to expand medical marijuana research, and ultimately, to tax and regulate marijuana at the federal level.

Thank you to everyone who signed this petition. It is because of your efforts and the incredible shifts in public opinion that we have made so much progress in reforming the treatment of marijuana in the states. I will continue pressing federal agencies and Congress to follow that leadership.

Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress

  • Closet Warrior

    Sanders, Blumenaur 2016… Feel the Blumenthal Burn!!!!!!!

  • knowa1

    I think it is time to do a independent audit and polygraphing as to any malfeasance of office, such as conspiring and colluding to block legitimate research.

  • Perry

    I’m unsure how the government isn’t somehow legally liable for the entire cannabis fiasco and all those who have suffered at the hands of the government. They have a medical marijuana patent. The president has acknowledged it is less harmful than alcohol. There are case studies galore. Even cancer.gov and other federal agencies have acknowledged cannabis has therapeutic properties.

    And yet the government continues to abuse their power due to a misappropriated classification that most everyone now knows was done not for the public’s safety, but a variety of nefarious overreaches by the then administration, and every administration since.

    How is the government not liable?

  • Perry

    I’m unsure how the government isn’t somehow legally liable for the entire cannabis fiasco and all those who have and continue to suffer at the hands of the government. They have a medical marijuana patent. The president has acknowledged it is less harmful than alcohol. There are case studies galore. Even cancer dot gov and other federal agencies have acknowledged cannabis has therapeutic properties.

    And yet the government continues to abuse their power due to a misappropriated classification that most everyone now knows was done not for the public’s safety, but a variety of nefarious overreaches by the then administration, and every administration since.

    How is the government not liable?

    • The Truth

      I like this train of thought. You are correct. It is a fiasco based on lies and our government is liable.

      • exbioman

        The DEA/Government has always exaggerated and lied when it pushed drug prohibition to the people. During the 1970s- ”LSD destroys your genes and chromosomes. You’ll have bad babies.” ”Smoking ONE joint is more harmful to your lungs than smoking a PACK of cigarettes.” 1980/90s- ”This is your brain on Drugs.” Just a few examples. :-p

    • darthhillbilly

      Because our Democracy has turned into an Oligarchy. The will of the people has been subverted by the almighty buck. The people with the most cash make our laws, and any law that hurts the bottom line is not considered. It is sad really. People can grow something in their yard that can help with (if not cure outright) cancer and the treatment for it. Big Pharma, The Tobacco Lobby, Big Beverage, and The Criminal Injustice System would all have their bottom line threatened by common sense marijuana laws. Thanks to the internet (not to mention grass roots activists) that is all about to change. I would love to see parents of children with intractable epilepsy file suit (and win) against states that passed unworkable marijuana laws. ‘It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.’ Upton Sinclair…If you don’t think of Super PAC money as a salary…well you seem to think like I do…so yeah…big business+elected officials=Upton Sinclair quote.

  • Robert Ireland

    Roflol what a scam artist. Taxed at the federal.level.screw him. Do we tax lettuce, tomatoes, oni9ns, bread and mayo at the federal.level? Hardly. Nutrients? No. And that is precisely what cannabis is. FOOD, NOT DRUG, NOT MEDICINE, a food that just so happens to contain not only all 49 USDA claimed essential nutrients, not only all the precursors to our endocnnabinoids, also 5 genetic repairants and so much more, but the bottom line is that anyone spouting off a need for more.research and who hasn’t even bothered to either acknoweldge the already existing over 40,000, let alone bothered to read them ….well he’s an asshat and disengenuous ly trying to fleece us of money and control of an already thriving industry. I mean thriving into already long being the number one cash crop. Duh. We d9nt need their regulatuons, fees,n licenses and all the putrid nonsense these ignorant thieves keep pushing on us and all the pro groups clamoring for. Just know they are fall going to look like idiotic food once everyone understands what thisnplantnis, who this plant s and what those co.pounds, all 532 plus mean. Fools.because not a single one has read the available research to notice these are only nutrients, that’s it. Medicinally what they’re really doing is what they would have accomplished much sooner as a jutrient, rather as a medicine after horrific deficiencies in it caused the diseases to begin with. Duh. Idiots foam at the lips with espousing knowledge. Not a single adhat promo anti has bothered to read the research h. Yeah, experts they call themselves.in call them idiotic morons too stupid to be in charge of anything past what they have for decades. Not until they humble themselves and do what they should have been following all along, the real.and massive now research

  • JohnS

    They appealed to Obama. Obama has made it clear that he doesn’t care.

    • darthhillbilly

      “THEY” probably didn’t have enough cash…

  • AntiIgnorant

    I’m glad his obtuse actions got the attention they deserved. If only we had a competent government… maybe he would get fired for being so foolish.

  • David Yoseph Schreiber

    It’s budget time in Congress. Now is the time to push to defund the DEA.

    It really is a church state issue. All of these drug prohibitions are because people claim they are morally wrong. Whatever physical damage they may cause the DEA only makes it worse and its very expensive, too.

  • Silverado

    His opinion of MMJ reminds me of a rotary phone and is just as relevant. Let’s hope words transfer into action and this…rotary phone joins all the others in that dustbin of history. Anyway I appreciate the Congressmen’s extraordinary position and help in the matter.