Nov 182015
 November 18, 2015

marijuana majority mayor mayorsSeveral people who rely on marijuana to treat the symptoms of serious illnesses will deliver more than 90,000 petition signatures to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) headquarters on Friday calling for Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg to be fired or step down after he called medical cannabis a “joke.”

The petition — http://change.org/nojoke — has already generated almost double the amount of signatures garnered by an earlier petition that helped lead to the ouster of the previous DEA head, who also opposed medical marijuana.

WHO: Medical marijuana patients & family members upset that the head of the DEA called their medicine a “joke.”

WHAT: Delivery of 90,000+ petition signatures calling for the head of the DEA to be fired or step down

WHEN: Friday, November 20 at 11:00 AM ET

WHERE: DEA Visitors Center, 700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202; Press conference will likely be staged on the sidewalk on the east side of S. Hayes Street between Army Navy Drive and 12th Street S.

Among the patients and family members delivering the petition to DEA on Friday are:

* TJ Thompson, a Navy veteran who uses medical cannabis to mange the symptoms of PTSD

* Beth Collins, whose daughter Jennifer has intractable epilepsy and uses cannabis oil to help control her seizures

* Sebastian Cotte, whose son Jagger uses marijuana extracts to find relief from mitochondrial disease

The petition was started by Marijuana Majority, an organization dedicated to ensuring that politicians, government officials and the media treat marijuana as a serious issue that is important to a growing majority of Americans.

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) called for Rosenberg’s ouster in a House floor speech on Wednesday: http://www.marijuana.com/blog/news/2015/11/congressman-demands-change-at-dea-medical-marijuana-is-no-joke/

Twenty-three U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Guam have comprehensive medical marijuana programs. Seventeen additional states have laws allowing for limited use of certain marijuana extracts, primarily by children suffering from severe seizure disorders. Americans for Safe Access, which is supporting the petition, reports that there are more than two million Americans who use medical cannabis in accordance with these state laws.

More information is available at http://MarijuanaMajority.com.

Source: Marijuana Majority press release

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  • PhDScientist

    There’s a new urgency to the need for national legalization of Medical Marijuana. Not only is it a “Wonder Drug” for Cancer patients undergoing Chemotherapy, but High Dose Medical Marijuana Oil Therapy (HDMMOT) is showing remarkable effectiveness against Cancer — even at stage 4 and even when other therapies have failed — as well as showing a high degree of synergy with Chemotherapy and Radiation in both animal studies and for a large number of patients around the world — especially against brain tumors and especially against Cancer in Children. It is a moral imperative that we begin large scale double blind clinical trials in both Children and Adults to see if these results can be duplicated on a large scale and to make sure to use sufficiently high doses, built up over time and properly titrated, to avoid under-dosing. Medical Marijuana has an incredibly wide therapeutic index — unique among drugs used in Cancer therapy — which usually have a very narrow one and usually must be administered at extremely toxic, nearly fatal levels. Marijuana is a “Wonder Drug” for Cancer Patients. I have no doubt it is a major breakthrough that will save countless lives.

  • PhDScientist

    I hope someone also delivers the petition to the white house and to every member of congress.
    Americans, including American Children are suffering and dying — needlessly.
    Its time to take this issue to all three branches of government.
    It is IMMORAL to deny life-saving medication to Americans who need it — Its especially IMMORAL to deny it to American Children who need it to save their lives.
    President Obama needs to take action on this IMMEDIATELY.

  • PhDScientist

    This is a moral outrage.
    In 27 states, Americans who are dying of Cancer are forced to buy Medical Marijuana on the black market — even though 82% of American Oncologists want them to be able to use it as part of their treatment.
    Americans with Cancer shouldn’t be forced to buy their Medicine on the Black Market.
    This is AMERICA. Not the old Soviet Union.
    We’re better than that.
    Its long past time to get Marijuana de-scheduled or re-scheduled (since pure THC is Schedule 3, it should be moved down to at least Schedule 4 or de-scheduled completely) so Physicians in all 50 states can prescribe it for their patients on the same basis as every other medication.

  • AntiIgnorant

    58% of the population support full legalization and 78+ % support medical.

    People should be able to choose what they do with their own bodies and should certainly be able to choose superior medicine in the form of a safe and natural plant flower. Aren’t we done with this bullsshit yet? I think 2016 needs to be a year of marches around the country. Let’s get loud already! If NORML, MPP, MM, DPA and others would lead the efforts to rally the people for a few marches, I think the turnouts could be historic. I’d certainly travel to another state to attend. We need the country to see our numbers… not just hear about them.

  • malcolmkyle

    “The more obvious the failure becomes, the more shamelessly they [the prohibitionists] exhibit their genuine motives. In plain words, what moves them is the psychological aberration called sadism. They lust to inflict inconvenience, discomfort, and whenever possible, disgrace upon the persons they hate — which is to say, upon everyone who is free from their barbarous theological superstitions, and is having a better time in the world than they are.”

    “They cannot stop the use of alcohol, nor even appreciably diminish it, but they can badger and annoy everyone who seeks to use it decently, and they can fill the jails with men taken for purely artificial offences, and they can get satisfaction thereby for the Puritan yearning to browbeat and injure, to torture and terrorize, to punish and humiliate all who show any sign of being happy. And all this they can do with a safe line of policemen and judges in front of them; always they can do it without personal risk.”

    —an extract from “Notes on Democracy” by Henry Louis Mencken, written in 1926, during alcohol prohibition, 1919-1933

    “What of the cripple who hates dancers? What of the ox who loves his yoke and deems the elk and deer of the forest stray and vagrant things? What of the old serpent who cannot shed his skin, and calls all others naked and shameless? And of him who comes early to the wedding-feast, and when over-fed and tired goes his way saying that all feasts are violation and all feasters lawbreakers?”

    —Khalil Gibran

  • Jeff Brown

    Cannabis is the most useful plant on the planet; food, clothing, shelter, energy, medicine, insight, re-creation. It has been mankinds companion since the beginning. Any law against it is a crime against humanity

  • MrPC

    FY 2015 DEA Budget: $2,033.3 million (8,197 positions; 72 attorneys; 3,958 agents)
    FY 2016 DEA Budget Request: $2,091.6 million (8,314 positions; 72 attorneys; 4,038 agents)

    Attention Taxpayers: The DEA is obviously not thinking about down-sizing on their own, but I bet they could do without those 80 new agents if they stopped prosecuting cannabis “crimes.”