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Fire DEA Head Chuck Rosenberg for Calling Medical Marijuana A ”Joke”

fired marijuana jobTom Angell and the Marijuana Majority organization started a petition today calling for the termination of employment for DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg. The petition was in reaction to Mr. Rosenberg’s recent comments that referred to medical marijuana as a “joke.” I’m encouraging everyone to sign it. Below is the language of the petition, which can be signed at this link here:

Chuck Rosenberg, acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) just made highly offensive comments calling medical marijuana a “joke.”

While it’s nothing new for drug war bureaucrats to oppose enacting sensible marijuana policies, Rosenberg’s comments go way too far.

Medical marijuana is not a “joke” to the millions of seriously ill patients in a growing numbers of states who use it legally in accordance with doctors’ recommendations.

It is not a “joke” to the growing number of prominent medical organizations — American Nurses Association, American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, for example — who know that cannabis has real and proven medical benefits.

And it’s not a “joke” to the clear majority of U.S voters who support passing laws to protect medical marijuana patients from harassment by police and the DEA.

President Obama should fire Chuck Rosenberg and appoint a new DEA administrator who will respect science, medicine, patients and voters.

  • HellNo

    You got my vote, but he’s not going anywhere. His entire agency is awash in scandal and corruption. Just add this goober’s incompetence to the list of reasons for defunding the DEA.
    The real joke is that he was appointed to the position in the first place. We have no need for federal drug cops. Defund, disband, let the pricks get real jobs.

    • peoriadude

      #FireTheDEA :)

  • Dave C

    Defund the DEA

  • He actually said – in a round about way – that Marijuana is Medicine.

    As the head of the DEA he is a lot better than most of the people who have filled that slot.

    • peoriadude

      So he’d barely qualify to be a dog catcher, whereas the previous ones weren’t even good enough for that? Whoop-dee-doo. :)

    • AntiIgnorant

      He only praised components which is very calculated. The DEA went from cannabis having no qualities to only having component qualities. This is to shift the thinking to a way Big Pharma can own… components. The whole plant is comprised of hundreds of phytochemical and cannabinoids that work synergistically together. The whole plant can be owned by the people. They want to discredit the whole plant for Big Pharma. Don’t fall for it.

    • Sean

      It figures that you would carry water for the DEA given the way that you sneer at legalization.

  • PhDScientist

    In your list of organizations that believe that Marijuana has medical benefits you left off two of the most important ones — The AMA and ASCO — The American Society of Clinical Oncologists.

    On behalf of America’s Cancer Patients —
    Thank you to everyone working hard to make Medical Marijuana available to Americans who need it in all 50 states.

  • The real joke is that the head of the DEA can’t see the obvious medical benefits of marijuana. Or do his comments serve to advance an ulterior motive?

    • exbioman

      Dr. Oz has similar views. Quack. Quack. My woman had his show on yesterday. A dietician? included HEMP seeds in a recommended health diet. Dr Oz went off on her prying her with Questions about Marijuana. SENSATIONALISM. And won’t the seed make you hungry? She stood her ground exclaiming they were HEMP seeds. It’s been in the news half Oz’s claims are bogus. And yet he’s on tv still. :p

  • PhDScientist

    My main interest in this area is Cancer, but like any reasonable human being, my heart breaks and bleeds when I read stories about kids with Dravet’s.
    Its horrifying that American children with Dravet’s Syndrome are suffering and dying because of this guy.
    The act that the administration and congress can’t even get their act together on the issue of CBD is a real tragedy.
    American children with Dravet’s Syndrome are suffering and dying — needlessly — and the only way for them to get the medicine they need to stay alive is to be in a state with legal Medical Marijuana. We need change at the federal level now.

  • Kajira M

    Call me cynical, but there’s no way the DEA is going to have anybody in their organization who is a proponent for cannabis. They stand to lose too much money if they get on board with the remainder of society. Once cannabis becomes legal on the federal level, they will no longer be able to steal the assets of patients and caregivers.

  • PhDScientist

    At its heart, the issue of Marijuana is a human rights issue.
    Its a tragedy that people who need Marijuana for Medical purposes are treated like second-class citizens, who’s most basic rights don’t matter, even if they’re got Cancer or are Children dying of Seizures, who’s right to life itself doesn’t matter to people like Chuck Rosenberg. My heart goes out to Children with Dravet’s and to their parents, just as it does to people who have Cancer. Someday soon, as a nation, we’ll look back at this in horror, as we look back at the horror of segregation.
    Every person who needs Marijuana should be able to have safe, legal access to it.
    Every. Single. One.
    This is a human rights issue.

  • PhDScientist

    There’s no excuse to have Marijuana be on any DEA Schedule or to leave it illegal for even one second longer.
    It has an unmatched safety profile that no other medication can match.
    Google Marijuana therapeutic index
    Compare it to Tylenol — and Google Tylenol Overdose while you’re at it.
    Medical Marijuana is a “Gift from God” — “Tikkun Olam” — “To heal the world”

  • Newskin

    The real joke is the fact that this plant is illegal and that there are heads of organizations like DEA that only have jobs because they make it illegal. Rosenberg sound like a typical zionist scum that gets bonuses based on how much property is seized and auctioned off.

    • rusty

      It’s a scam, it always was, always will be!

  • NTinPA

    Where’s the petition I’ll sign it right now

  • AntiIgnorant

    DEA is nothing more than a tax payer funded militia to perpetuate the failed war on drugs for the corporate interests of Big Pharma and Big Prison. Defund the DEA.

  • PhDScientist

    Chuck Rosenberg and the idiots at the DEA’s arrogance and incompetence may wind up costing the US and US Pharmaceutical companies hundreds of Billions of dollars of lost economic opportunity and costing US taxpayers and US patients even more Billions of dollars than that.

    Blockbuster drugs can be worth Billions to tens of Billions and even hundreds of Billions of dollars over the 20 year lifetime of the patents on them.

    GWPH has 48 issued patents, including a number of very broad patents, concerning biochemicals found in cannabis, and patents on clinical use of them.
    GWPH has 80 published patent applications relating to biochemicals found in cannabis as well as patent applications for clinical use of them,
    and many more that haven’t been published yet.

    Its an IP gold mine for them and a disaster for the rest of the pharmaceutical industry.
    Thank the idiots in Washington (congress and the executive branch) for one of the biggest screwups of all time.

    The lost economic opportunity to US companies over the lifetime of the patents could be in the tens of billions or more likely hundreds of billions of dollars.

    Now TEVA is getting into the game.
    When they move in, its because they see opportunities in the 10’s to 100’s of Billion of dollars.

    The guys who run TEVA are very, very, smart, and both the UK and Israel (not to mention a few other countries) are WAY ahead of the US in Medical Marijuana research.

    Marijuana needs to be de-scheduled IMMEDIATELY.

    President Obama needs to untie the hands of American Scientists, Physicians, and Industry. We can do the rest.

  • Jerry Cook

    Yes & fire the whole Nixon DEA & expose the Shafer report Nixon tossed to hide positive facts found even that far back, so he could get away with it. No more excuses. And off the Fed CSA to put it on a long list of benefits instead. Patents are taken out for med benefits, The Fed gives it to some for med benefits..and then say no benefits & put it on most dangerous sched 1..what a glaring hypocrisy no one in politics challenge fully..except Bernie. Go Bernie!

    Hilary & the Carers act are both a lie too..sched 2 with much more dangerous substances is ridiculous. OH, and inferior big pharma products are at 3? More ridiculous. Off the CSA with the natural plant & end the lie of the DEA. Let actual truth stand instead, without hypocrisy for opposition profits. It is so blatantly crazy right now with both you wonder how it stands. Remember G Kerlikowski admitting the Fed govt & big pharma were “partners”? What total corruption..and we well know there’s a lot more that hurts & kills people for opposition profits! So glad someone like Bernie called it out & is acting for change to truth for the people, not just big biz.

    • rusty

      Don’t forget the study that showed weed kills cancer in 1975 they hid!

  • David Yoseph Schreiber

    The cop is as crazy as he sounds. The hebephrenia and blather are the criminal justice system. It looks like the incurably insane marijuana addict in “Reefer Madness” has become their archetype.

  • The DEA has had the same hard-headed outlook for decades. I called them a coupla years ago and was told hemp and pot were different parts of the same plant. George Weiblen’s research says otherwise. Fire this fool! I imagine the petition reaching its goal in two days will send the appropriate message. Next up – a whitehouse.gov petition!

  • Okay, so I went ahead and set up a whitehouse.gov petition – if we get 100K sigs in 30 days, the administration will issue a comment! please help. http://wh.gov/iy5gd

  • jontomas

    We got rid of DEA head Michele Leonhart who pulled the stone-wall of ignorance about marijuana – in front of congressional committees! She wouldn’t admit marijuana was less harmful than heroin. – Now we have the same thing with Rosenberg. – Lying about marijuana is part of the job description for the DEA, ONDCP, NIDA and the rest of the blood-sucking prohibition agencies.

    What we REALLY need to do is get rid of all of them – first of all the DEA. – Let’s get THAT petition going. – When you fight a fire, you aim the extinguisher at the base, not the flames.

    DEA thugs are nothing more than the goons of the American Inquisition.

  • breathin

    He should fulfill the responsibilities well.
    http://www.drugpolicy.org/DEA-AD

  • Franklin

    Another example of how far the corruption influences law enforcement. It’s not just this guy. The problem is that Reefer Madness is still built into the training. This DEA guy is just someone who is really good at answering multiple choice questions, based on a the study plan. The training has to be changed. The directives to civil servants need to change. The books need to be rewritten. Remember that in their minds they are fighting a war. The mindset of war is that there are no rules. He has to stand there in the rain and adamantly deny that he’s wet. For the war effort. No one even knows who this DEA guy is. Some stiff in a suit. He’s irrelevant personally. They could have an animated character who appears only a video screen with the same effect. It’s not like he’s personally writing policy. 80% of Americans have seen enough facts to know that medical marijuana should be legal. We need a clean house at the DEA. Instead fund a special unit for dangerous drugs like heroin and meth within another Federal enforcement agency. The DEA was built on lies. The foundation itself is corrupt.

    • rusty

      All drugs should be legal! Prohibition should only be for children! No criminal offence unless you supply to kids! Simples

  • Ham’Diya Lane

    End Prohibition.. No need for the DEA.. Or at least they can find other things to do like make sure our Cannabis of the finest quality.. Lol… One can dream…

  • jasen joseph hylbert

    The DEA is a terrorist organization and should be treated as such. Groups that hate America and all of western culture are largely financed by the high prices on cannabis and opiates which the war on drugs have created. The DEA are probably a bunch of pill popping idiots like Patrick kennedy – perhaps DEA actually stands for “Dude is this Ecstacy or Adderall?”

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  • rusty

    The joke is weeds schedule 1 status! It’s the same in the uk, and the pm david cameron smoked pot like Obama! Are they taking the pisshead?