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Congresswoman Lee Joins Colleagues In Urging President Obama To Find New DEA Leadership

barbara lee california marijuanaYesterday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Sam Farr (D-CA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Jim McDermott (D-WA) in signing a letter led by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). The letter calls on President Obama to find new DEA leadership following recent comments by Acting Administrator Rosenberg about medical marijuana being ‘a joke.’

“The Acting Administrator’s comments are simply inappropriate. California, Washington D.C., Guam and 22 other states have medical marijuana laws and these laws must be respected,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “The federal government should not trivialize medicine nor should it be in the business of creating barriers between patients and their medicine.”

The full letter can be found here.

An online petition calling for new DEA leadership organized by Marijuana Majority and Change.org has already garnered 90,000 signatures.

Background:

Last week, Congresswoman Lee was awarded the 2015 Legislator of the Year Award by the National Cannabis Industry Association. Congresswoman Lee is the sponsor of States’ Medical Marijuana Property Rights Protection Act (HR 262) and a co-sponsor of the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act (HR 1013), Marijuana Tax Revenue Act (HR 1014), Compassionate Access Act (HR 1774), Respect State Marijuana Laws Act (HR 1940) and Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act (HR 2076). As a member of the Appropriations Committee, she has led and supported several amendments to protect state-legal cannabis users and businesses.

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Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.

  • michael_ellis

    Firing Rosenberg is an appropriate action. He made demonstrably false remarks while speaking in an official capacity and, for that reason, I signed the petition.

    However, the real goal is to get whole herbal cannabis removed completely from the Controlled Substances Act schedules. It simply doesn’t belong there unless you believe barley, yeast, hops and tobacco plants belong there, too.

    De-scheduling herbal cannabis is the linchpin for beginning to unwind Nixon’s Drug War and would, effectively, remove the Federal government (and hence DEA) from the business of incarcerating users, raiding growers and dispensaries and restricting access to commercial banking. It would not, immediately, undo the various state laws but it would remove one of the prohibitionists’ favorite arguments, namely, that the states can’t/shouldn’t legalize what the Feds forbid.

    De-scheduling can be done by the Attorney General without an act of Congress. That’s important because officials up for election simply will not take risks on behalf of the 9% or so of the adult population who currently use cannabis.

    The question for those of us who care about this issue is how can we harness the energy of the moment to galvanize support for a petition with millions of signatures calling on the President to instruct the AG to de-schedule cannabis?

    (I posted this message earlier on change.org’s article about delivering the Fire Rosenberg petition to the White House).

  • PhDScientist

    Chuck Rosenberg failed to do his job and de-schedule or re-schedule Marijuana based on the overwhelming evidence of its benefits as a medication, including the life saving benefits of high CBD Medical Marijuana for Children with Seizure disorders and the fact that Medical Marijuana is a Wonder Drug for Cancer Patients undergoing Chemotherapy.

    He admits that extracts of Marijuana have medical benefits and pure THC (Marinol) is already legal, in fact, its Schedule 3 which means it doesn’t even need to be prescribed with a triplicate like Schedule 2 drugs do. By the DEA’s own policies, that means that Marijuana itself can’t be on any more restrictive Schedule than Schedule 4 since it contains less than 100% THC.

    Chuck’s latest comment isn’t just an insult to every American who benefits from Medical Marijuana and every member of every state where is legal for Medical Purposes, its in direct conflict with President Obama’s official position on the subject of Medical Marijuana, so its insubordination, and an insult to the President himself.

    Chuck, Rosenberg called the official position of the Surgeon General, and of the President of the United States of America — on this subject — “A Joke”

    The bottom line for the President is clear — Its long past time to Chuck Chuck.

  • michael_ellis

    Firing Rosenberg is an appropriate action. He made demonstrably false remarks while speaking in an official capacity and, for that reason, I signed the petition.

    However, the real goal is to get whole herbal cannabis removed completely from the Controlled Substances Act schedules. It simply doesn’t belong there unless you believe barley, yeast, hops and tobacco plants belong there, too.

    De-scheduling herbal cannabis is the linchpin for beginning to unwind Nixon’s Drug War and would, effectively, remove the Federal government (and hence DEA) from the business of incarcerating users, raiding growers and dispensaries and restricting access to commercial banking. It would not, immediately, undo the various state laws but it would remove one of the prohibitionists’ favorite arguments, namely, that the states can’t/shouldn’t legalize what the Feds forbid.

    De-scheduling can be done by the Attorney General without an act of Congress. That’s important because officials up for election simply will not take risks on behalf of the 9% or so of the adult population who currently use cannabis.

    The question for those of us who care about this issue is how can we harness the energy of the moment to galvanize support for a petition with millions of signatures calling on the President to instruct the AG to de-schedule cannabis?

    (Johnny, this is my second attempt to post this today. I assume there’s no problem with the content. Thanks!)

  • PhDScientist

    Here’s the exact quote from President Obama —

    “I’m on record as saying that not only do I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate and we should follow the science as opposed to ideology on this issue”

    • jasen joseph hylbert

      If Obama is really in favor or repealing prohibition than why does he not just make an executive order doing so? It seems to me that he is only willing to weild executive power when it comes to robbing people of their hunting rights and rights to self defense. As a cigarette smoker and an alcoholic beverage consumer, Obama is a hypocrite for not repealing prohibition completely. Repealing prohibition of cannabis is a popular concept supported by a general majority including reams of people very enthusiastic about repealing cannabis prohibition. Taking away modern technology from those who want to self provide and protect ourselves is not a popular idea at all, and is opposed by reams of enthusiatic people. Shouldn’t someone who self identifies as a “democrat” believe in the will of the people??? More Americans started dying in Afghanistan when Obama came into office, and encouraging large scale self provision of cannabis in the western world could briskly take away a lot of funding from the enemy in Afghanistan. Will barry be sending his daughters to fight in Zimbabwe to overthrow a dictator who has subjected the entire population of Zimbabwe to starvation and drastically lowered life spans? Using Americans to guard the crops which cartels profit from while imposing sanctions on Zimbabwe is inhumane. It is time for targeted drone strike against the oppresive starvation regime in Zimbabwe!

      The concept that there is a need for careful prescription of herbal cannabis plays into the anti cannabis propaganda which claims that it is potentiay harmful. Pills are being put out into our society like chicklets! Nobody should have to spend a cent at the doctor’s office in order to be able
      to self provide herbal cannabis.

    • jasen joseph hylbert

      Obama and mugabe probably attend the same synagogue where they plot to starve the world’s gentile population while posing as social justice activists who trump up racial tensions.

      • jasen joseph hylbert

        Goddamn nazis – just like hitler who had a jewish mother – jewish men who pretend to be activists for social justice and so – called “indigenous rights” (we will never know who was where first and many of us labelled as native americans detest the segregation which tribalism amounts to) while doing wrong for those who they claim to be trying to help. For some Israeli supremicist to suggest to the masses that they be xeophobic inbreeders and then ignore the fact that they did not take the bait and avoided the racial entrapment scheme and then to proceed in acting justified in punishing them for the racism he suggested but they mostly refused as become all too common and predictable.

        Obama has stood in the way of the repeal of the repeal of cannabis prohibition. The only one’s in the running who say they would roll back the happenings in Colorado etcetera are Chris Christie and Ben Carson. All the rest of the republican candidates are on board.

        When people give any credance at all to the anti herbal cannabis propaganda by imposing limits on self provision and driving they are aiding the criminally insane puritanistic ideologies of the likes of Ben Carson.

        • jasen joseph hylbert

          Minus one of the repeals above… You know what I mean.

  • jasen joseph hylbert

    Barbara lee is no social justice activist – she hates hunting culture. Show me someone who has the name “Lee” in their name who is not a hateful racist person who is mainly out to limit self provision and the spread of factual information. I doubt you can.

    The idea that one should need to obtain a prescription in able to be allowed to self provide or even have access to herbal cannabis is a joke. It plays into the fictional dialogue that herbal cannabis is potentially harmful.
    Healing is a noble profession, and while herbal cannabis can be a healing substance requiring perscriptions for it is criminally insane. In the words of Kat Williams “nobody has ever died from marijuana but if you take too many ibuprofen it will be your last headache”…

    Here is the way it works in the United States – if you fail to reckognize the constitutional rights of others you will not know real freedom yourself. I invite those new here to set the bar high and fully realize the potential that a free society can offer by respecting the rights of others.