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DEA Chief Calls Medical Marijuana A ‘Joke’

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chuck rosenberg deaIt is widely known that marijuana has medicinal value. That’s why there are so many states that have legalized medical marijuana, and why more states will do so in the near future. Admittedly, there is not as much research as I would like, but that’s largely due to efforts from marijuana opponents trying to prevent such research, and not because there is no merit to pursuing the research. There has been international research conducted, and research conducted by private entities which have found medical marijuana to be quite effective in many cases.

So it was very ridiculous to hear that the new DEA Chief made comments calling medical marijuana a ‘joke.’ Per CBS News:

“What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it’s not,” Rosenberg said in a briefing to reporters. “We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don’t call it medicine — that is a joke.”

As more and more states experiment with loosening marijuana laws, Rosenberg said that people shouldn’t conflate the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana with medicinal marijuana.

“There are pieces of marijuana — extracts or constituents or component parts — that have great promise” medicinally, he said. “But if you talk about smoking the leaf of marijuana — which is what people are talking about when they talk about medicinal marijuana — it has never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine.”

First of all, when people refer to medical marijuana, they refer to ALL forms of medical marijuana. I’m not sure which ‘people’ Mr. Rosenberg is referring to, but making a blanket statement like that without anything backing it up is stupid, to put it lightly. Also, patients don’t smoke the ‘leaf,’ although the leaf can be used to make various other forms of medical marijuana.

If Mr. Rosenberg would check with his employer, the federal government, he would know that the federal government owns patents involving the medical values of marijuana. He would also know that the federal government has a research facility in Mississippi that is working to unlock and understand how medical marijuana works. Finally, Mr. Rosenberg would know that the same federal government that cuts his paychecks also provides medical marijuana to four federal medical marijuana patients every month in the form of, wait for it, smoke-able marijuana joints. The only joke that Mr. Rosenberg should be talking about is the joke that is his agency. It’s beyond time to get rid of the DEA, and with it, Chuck Rosenberg.

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  • TOPDOG1

    Secret courts,Loyality purges? The D.E.A. and F.D.A. have become the U.S. equivalent of Gestapo S.S.. The D.E.A. was a bad idea to start with and has only gotten worse ever sense. States are able to do their job. They don’t need the D.E.A. I don’t need the D.E.A. You don’t need the D.E.A. .Nobody needs the D.E.A. They are misappropriating and commandeering billions of dollars of public funds that America can no longer justify..Their funding needs to be cut by,at least, ninety-five to ninty-nine percent and all need to be restructured to a much smaller and much more restrained gang of Authoritarian sociopaths.. This is a group of renegade law enforcement completely out-of-control .and way over-the-top.They are using the war on drugs as a smokescreen and a ruse to subvert our Civil and Human rights and increasingly more as a ruse to seize cash and property in their war on the American people.Also, through gross incompetence, have made it nearly impossible for a pain sufferer to get treatment without being thrown in jail.

    mismanagement and unwise misuse of their responsibility has,nearly, completely destroyed the science and research of anything they don’t approve of. If society is to survive these people must go. The drug war is just a ruse for an Authoritarian power grab. Other country’s that allow easy access to pain medication do not have a major drug problem. It is these government villains here who are orchestrating this farce.

  • familyguy

    DEA IS FULL OF DUMBASSES WHOS ONLY GOAL IS TO STAY EMPLOYED. CANNABIS IS A HARMLESS HERB AND IS NOT ADDICTING AS SO THEY CLAIM. PEOPLE THAT USE CAN QUIT AND USE AS THEY CHOOSE. THERE ARE NO WITHDRRWAL SYMTOMS AT ALL. GET OUT OF THE DARK AGES. START ELECTING PUBLIC SERVANTS WITH SENSIBLE CANNABIS POLICES. ENCARCERATION IS NOT THE SOLUTION.

  • familyguy

    Get rid of dumb asses with out dated ideaology that think the solution is to encarcerate people for using a harmless herb.

  • Von

    Let’s see, DEA alone has spent trillions of dollars eradicating marijuana with the number if people who have used marijuana increasing 1250% from 4% in 1969 to 49% in 2015. To think that prohibition prevents anyone from using drugs… That’s the biggest joke!!!

  • AntiIgnorant

    All forms should be legal, including growing your own.

  • saynotohypocrisy

    Can’t Obama have his Attorney General reschedule cannabis, subject to active Congressional disapproval? Or it is more complicated than that?
    I’m not sure Congress critters at this point want to go on record saying cannabis has no medicinal value.

  • calvet11

    Firetheliberals, I am 66 and have been using Cannabis since 1970. It has done me well in a dozen different ways over each period of my life. Now I use the herb for pain relief. It has helped me to take less PTSD meds. Given me an appetite and it goes on and on. Rosenberg is a douchebag but no worse than every other douchebag in Washington DC.

  • Kajira M

    I see lots of people making the claim that it’s so easy, anybody can grow it. However, we need to make sure we don’t back ourselves into a corner with initiatives that prevent caregivers that would in turn prevent those of us who cannot grow (whether the patients have physical reasons for it like quads, those who have episodic conditions that result in weeks of being bedridden, etc. or even those who are so terrible at growing plants they could kill a silk plant) from the same access abilities as those who can physically grow their own medicine.

  • Closet Warrior

    Love reading your posts Doc and whole heartedly agree that there is hard data, no proof that our mother’s medicinal plants stretch far beyond aloe Vera and willow bark(aspirin). I would love to meet this dim wit and have an open discussion about the harms of marijuana because so far of my 44 yrs on this beautiful planet-I have found nada!!! Been toking since I was a young’n. That was the culture in which I was raised-thank God!!! Doc you’re the shit. Keep telling them how it is. I have you’re back soldiers. From one Head to another, This thing ain’t over till the Fat Man rocks!!!!!!

  • And here I thought EVERYONE knew that Israel has been PRESCRIBING cannabis in the HOSPITALS for 10 years, CURING many diseases.

    Guess ‘ol chucky didn’t get the memo. Clueless P.O.S.

    Unfortunately Obama had to chose this loser, anyone with half a brain would not have said that, nor would they hate pot.

    Only the un-educated can hate cannabis, when ‘ol chucky finds out that his own body produces cannabinoids I am sure he will just shoot himself to be rid of the cannabis horror that is going on in his body.

    Moron

  • Shane Pike

    The DEA are a criminal organization & should be treated as such. In FACT, some DEA filthy scum are War Criminals & should be treated exactly as the Nazis were after WWII. Both DEA & Nazis called destroying innocent people “My job”. That is not only no excuse, that is an “anti-excuse”.

  • cathy wells

    this man needs to be fired from his job he has know idea what he is talking about the people in prison for marijuana convictions is ridiculous the prison are full of people who all they did was get caught with a ounce of it and they are accused of being a dealer I don’t think so I would love to get off the narcotics I have to take for my pain but right now there is no alternative in my state so there is know other way to go

  • Catalina Copeland

    ok ‘marihuana’ or cannabis is currently a corrupt, racketeer influenced and communist dominated industry.
    it is out of control. please properly commoditize this industry.
    anslinger said it causes communism and pacifist brainwashing.

    …and who wants GMO cannabis anyway? why the f**k would you want Mary Jane on Schedule II?
    you want big pharma in your garden? in your pipe?

  • Smoky

    I think this is a last ditch effort for him in the government to obtain a job and without funds from the taxes we pay to fund this bs war on something that should be legal in the first place he would have to be jobless in the government and possibly be poor like the ppl that get busted for stupid reasons like having a weed in their possession. This guy is clueless and stupid and shouldn’t be allowed to be in his position.

  • Ted Mishler

    He’s right!

    Marijuana is a racist made up slang word, and the word is its self a hateful then joke!

    A more correct phrase to describe the wonderful plant is medicinal cannabis, to assist with daily bliss :-) . . …

  • moldy

    I think “his” job should be public so anyone can run for the DEA czar. I think I’ll throw my hat into the ring… It’s the only way to abolish his wasteful agency.