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Medical Marijuana Patients Deliver Petition Calling For DEA Head’s Firing

dea petition marijuana majorityToday a group of medical marijuana patients and their supporters delivered more than 100,000 petition signatures demanding the resignation or firing of the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after he called the medical use of cannabis a “joke.”

The petition — http://change.org/nojoke — has more than 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. The current petition was started just two weeks ago.

“There is no doubt in my mind that my son Jagger is still alive today because of medical cannabis,” said Sebastien Cotte, who participated in the petition delivery. “Cannabis has tremendously decreased the pain and seizures caused by his mitochondrial disease, while improving his quality of life. For our family, that’s no joke.”

Numerous scientific studies show that marijuana is beneficial in alleviating the symptoms of serious conditions like cancer, AIDS, epilepsy and many others.

“My mom uses medical marijuana to deal with the severe pain caused by multiple sclerosis,” said Tom Angell, founder and chairman of Marijuana Majority, the organization that started the petition. “This issue is not a laughing matter for her and millions of other people who have seen the benefits of cannabis for themselves.”

Major organizations like American Nurses Association, American College of Physicians and American Academy of Family Physicians have looked carefully at the scientific evidence and come out in support of medical marijuana. National and state polls consistently show overwhelming bipartisan voter support for passing laws to protect medical cannabis patients from arrest.

“There’s nothing funny about suicidal thoughts, and they are something my family and I lived with on a daily basis due to my military-related PTSD,” said TJ Thompson, a Navy veteran who helped deliver the petition to DEA. “Using medical marijuana not only directly helps with my condition, but it has the added effect of making me a better father and husband.”

Earlier this month, DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg angered medical cannabis advocates by dismissing the issue as a joke. “What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it’s not,” he said. “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.”
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dea-chief-says-smoking-marijuana-as-medicine-is-a-joke/

On Thursday, a bipartisan group of members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama urging him to fire Rosenberg, writing that his comments “send a clear signal to the American people that the federal government isn’t listening to them. It erodes trust. Cavalier statements like these fly in the face of state policy and the experience of millions of patients.”
http://blumenauer.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2521

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.

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

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

Source: Marijuana Majority press release

  • jontomas

    Some of the discussion should also be focused on how and why Obama nominated this guy in the first place. – Obama has a history of puzzling/troubling appointments – even in his cabinet.

    • Obama is a liar. As are ALL politicians. They promise one thing and do another.

      • jontomas

        I don’t know why, but I’m still holding out some hope for Obama. – While he hasn’t seemed to do much for marijuana reform, he has quietly held some doors open. – What most concerns me about him is his support of foreign wars and “Patriot Act” suspensions of civil liberties and privacy.

  • PhDScientist

    I wish things would move faster. This is taking WAY TOO LONG.
    This weekend, over 3,000 Americans will die of Cancer — after suffering pain beyond anything words can convey.
    Every Single Minute, Of Every Single Day, Yet Another American Dies of Cancer.
    Every American Cancer Patient Deserves The Right to Have Safe, Legal, Access to Medical Marijuana.
    Every. Single. One.

  • Federal Cannabis Prohibition was originally a tax law. Didn’t pay the tax? Go to jail.

    No more taxed or regulated than tomatoes.

  • The Truth

    Any press show up The Huffington Post has the story up.

  • Bob Tox

    Taxes are for cash crops. Part of this being the perceived value, market value, effect on market value, net value and aggregate return.

    The medical aspect is value added that does not effect those things in regard to supply and demand. It depends on who the commodity benefits and how. It creates confusion with imports and exports.

    While we’d all rather not be taxed, it is only a business expense. The ability to do business requires a market. The vote of no confidence in the economist has been recorded.

    • The fact that cannabis is a cash crop proves there is a market. Cannabis should be like alcohol. Grow your own? No tax.

      Better yet it should be like tomatoes.

  • AntiIgnorant

    Glad it made it to 100,000, that sends a pretty good message that we are done with the ignorance. Willful or genuine. Done with it.

  • HCV

    Rosenberg needs to be in a line of work in which he actually knows what he’s talking about. From his viewpoint, I’m thinking waste management might be more suited for him.

    • jasen joseph hylbert

      Let’s not degrade those who work in waste management. Doing so only would make us also uncomoassionate people. The staff of the DEA should be in guantanamo bay or some secret prison in poland.

  • PhDScientist

    The current situation is a moral outrage.

    Americans, including American Children, are suffering and dying — needlessly.

    Its as immoral to deny Medical Marijuanan to Americans who need it as it would be to deny Insulin to diabetics, antibiotics to people with life-threatening infections, or anti-retrovirals to people who are HIV+.

    President Obama needs to take immediate action on this.

    Americans, including American Children, are suffering and dying — needlessly.

  • jasen joseph hylbert

    I noticed that the child referred to in this post is named “Jagger”… I would just like to point out that “jagger” means hunter. Perhaps that will take a small chink out of the idiocy of any vegetarian extremists who may be reading this post.

    Lunatic puritans are empowered when there are any restrictions put on cannabis whatsoever. Some folks who could benefit from herbal cannabis may live somewhere where the doctors or ignorant puritans. Requiring a prescription is immoral. Any restrictions stand to further the slanders told about cannabis and may result in hatemongers seizing some of the industry and adding weird chemical additives to herbal cannabis. If such were to happen, it would be the fault of those who have attempted to monopolize and create artificial scarcity through regulation and prohibition. The best way to avoid chemical additives ever being added is to encourage unrestricted self provision. Regulatory bodies are easily corrupted and all the lies that have been spread by the prohibs for decades have resulted in masses of anti herbal cannabis bigots.

    The w r hearsts of the world are to blame for the anti herbal cannabis hoopla. The chenies and kennedies are to blame for keeping it prohibited and attempting to divert the repeal of prohibition by maintaining stigmatization through regulations. Anyone who perpetuates the lie that herbal cannabis may be harmful in and of itself is a part of the problem.

  • wildrider

    This is how the White House views cannabis.. our tax dollars hard at work LOL.

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/frequently-asked-questions-and-facts-about-marijuana#harmless

    Q. Isn’t marijuana generally harmless?

    No. Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug,
    meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted
    medical use in treatment in the United States. The main active chemical
    in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly called THC.
    THC acts upon specific sites in the brain, called cannabinoid
    receptors, starting off a series of cellular reactions that ultimately
    lead to the “high” that users experience when they smoke marijuana.
    Some brain areas have many cannabinoid receptors; others have few or
    none. The highest density of cannabinoid receptors are found in parts
    of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, concentrating, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement.

    Marijuana’s “high” can affect these functions in a variety of ways,
    causing distorted perceptions, impairing coordination, causing
    difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and creating problems with
    learning and memory. Research has demonstrated that among chronic
    heavy users these effects on memory can last at least seven days after discontinuing use of the drug.

    These aren’t the only problems connected to marijuana use. Research tells us that chronic marijuana use may increase the risk of schizophrenia in vulnerable individuals, and high doses of the drug can produce acute psychotic reactions. Researchers have also found that adolescents’ long-term use of marijuana may be linked with lower IQ (as much as an 8 point drop) later in life.

    We also know that marijuana affects heart and respiratory functions.
    In fact, one study found that marijuana users have a nearly five-fold increase in the risk of heart attack
    in the first hour after smoking the drug. A study of 452 marijuana
    smokers (but who did not smoke tobacco) and 450 non-smokers (of either
    marijuana or tobacco) found that people who smoke marijuana frequently
    but do not smoke tobacco have more health problems, including respiratory illnesses, than nonsmokers.

    All that stated, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
    (JAMA) found that low levels of marijuana use (with no tobacco use)
    produced no detrimental effect in lung function among study
    participants. In fact, exposure led to a mild, but not clinically
    significant, beneficial effect—albeit among those who smoked only one
    joint per day. While these findings have received wide attention from
    the media and from advocates of marijuana legalization, it is important
    to consider them in the context of the extensive body of research
    indicating that smoking marijuana is harmful to health. Additionally,
    while the study did not include a sufficient number of heavy users of
    marijuana to confirm a detrimental effect of such use on pulmonary
    function, the findings suggest this possibility.

    The harms of marijuana use can also manifest in users’ quality of life. In one study, heavy marijuana users reported that the drug
    impaired several important measures of health and quality of life,
    including physical and mental health, cognitive abilities, social life,
    and career status.

    Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. In 2011 alone, more than 18 million Americans age 12 and older reported using the drug within the past month. Approximately 4.2 million people met the diagnostic criteria for abuse of or dependence on this drug. This is more than pain relievers, cocaine, tranquilizers, hallucinogens, and heroin combined.

    There are very real consequences associated with marijuana use. In 2010, marijuana was involved in more than 461,000 emergency department visits nationwide.
    This is nearly 39 percent of all emergency department visits involving
    illicit drugs, and highlights the very real dangers than can accompany
    use of the drug.

    And in 2011, approximately 872,000 Americans 12 or older reported receiving treatment for marijuana use,
    more than any other illicit drug. Despite some viewpoints that
    marijuana is harmless, these figures present a sobering picture of this
    drug’s very real and serious harms.

    Marijuana places a significant strain on our health care system, and
    poses considerable danger to the health and safety of the users
    themselves, their families, and our communities. Marijuana presents a
    major challenge for health care providers, public safety professionals,
    and leaders in communities and all levels of government seeking to
    reduce the drug use and its consequences throughout the country.

    Q: Is marijuana addictive?

    Yes. We know that marijuana use, particularly long-term, chronic use
    or use starting at a young age, can lead to dependence and addiction.
    Long-term marijuana use can lead to compulsive drug seeking and abuse
    despite the known harmful effects upon functioning in the context of
    family, school, work, and recreational activities.

    Research finds that approximately 9 percent (1 in 11) of marijuana users become dependent. Research also indicates that the earlier young people start using marijuana, the more likely they are to become dependent on marijuana or other drugs later in life.

    In 2011, approximately 4.2 million people met the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) diagnostic criteria
    for marijuana abuse or dependence. This is more than pain relievers,
    cocaine, tranquilizers, hallucinogens, and heroin combined. In 2011,
    approximately 872,000 Americans 12 or older reported receiving treatment for marijuana use, more than any other illicit drug.

    The research is clear. Marijuana users can become addicted to the
    drug. It can lead to abuse and dependence, and other serious
    consequences.

    • Whyiowa4medical

      Wildrider, I hope you are being facetious in your post about our current knowledge and the point which our government is stalling research. All of these studies were performed with “Research Drugs.” While these are cousins of THC there remains no information on whole plant cannabis in the USA since the 1980’s and most of that was thrown out when Reagan asked for any research that painted marijuana in any positive medical light. This is what happened to four of my five theses (which were peer reviewed and published to the records for all universities to copy, add to, or take from in their own research.
      The slew of recent research published to the NIH and conducted by NIDA are very telling of this fact: Research on Lowered IQ and Shrinkage of the Cerebrum listed the component HU-210 to garner their findings. HU-210 is the research drug designation for “Spice.” I found no need to read on. As for dependency, cannabis has never had any recorded history of dependence, but many of its synthetic cousins have this potential especially those of the CP designation that run between 20 to 45 times more potent than 100% pure THC and could indeed scramble the pain receptors toward a faux addiction. Our research shows only mild insomnia and an increase of symptoms cannabis has likely been treating, much like when one takes insulin it is very unwise to stop; are diabetics addicted? Quite the contrary when one studies Mental Health disorders with cannabis, those patients who smoked (mostly Thai) with me at the facility I worked to return the institutionalized to society I found a large decrease in the need for anti-psychotics (Navane, Thorazine, and Haldol class) a great reduction in the need for benzodiazepines, and all of my patients (save the epileptic) were happily removed from the ultra-short acting and HIGHLY addictive Barbiturates for sleep. Each of my patients made independent living 50% faster than my controls.
      I find it strange that your supposed findings fly directly in the face of the studies of countries that are light years ahead of us in cannabis research, as well as research that I have performed myself as well as with others. If you are seriously expecting a cannabis (no research drugs) researcher of some 35 years to buy what you are shoveling, I have a bridge over the Mississippi you might be interested in. The Army endocrinologist that was on Nixon’s team to find lethal doses or effects for cannabis and drew the lot to tell him the findings they came up with in each of their specialties was a safe and natural compound, said while we were conducting research at the University of Iowa to bust government myths concerning cannabis, “I have never come upon such a safe and effective drug as cannabis. Look here, we are giving these rats a very high dose for humans and they only weigh 300 grams. I doubt we have discovered every use for this plant and if our research fails, it will be many years before we can breed targeted strains for an A to Z list of diseases; including cancer.” This was a true expert and had he joined in the many lies perpetrated by the government, he would have had the world at his feet at Harvard, Oxford, Yale, or in any school or corporate research he desired. We decided it was “Kismet” that we meet as Nixon had it in his power to (in his fit of rage) to send him to a very unpleasant Alaskan island where we maintain bases in some of the worst conditions on earth, rather than a tiny VA hospital in Iowa.
      As for your hospital admissions, there are a plethora of psychedelic substances which fly under the radar LSD, LSA, and ALD-52 are but three of 41, but this number is decidedly lower as the amphetamine based psychedelics will show under UA, or blood test. Many parents find some weed stashed in the personal belongings of a teen and their first move is to take them to a hospital, which is often the worst possible move. I would be happy to sit down with you and take each of the incidents you are citing and tear them apart like the trash they are, as I am an Honor Society Graduate in specialized psychiatric nursing, a master grower and gardener, a former shareholder in a methadone clinic (until the advent of Suboxone), and as that addled smoker you speak of, I am a lifelong ABK Honors society Member, a fully certified Medical Administrator, a Health Care Manager, and a Research Manager with a 3.89 GPA. I am fully capable to hire and fire physicians, nurses, as well as any ancillary staff I see fit and had I graduated 2 years more quickly, I could have saved the fundamentalist firing of my rural areas best pain management specialist as now one is forced to drive 280 miles round trip to have their pain conditions managed. Never mix any psychoactive substance with the atypical anti-psychotics or ANY SSRI, SSNRI, or SDRI as these will hospitalize people who take OTC herbal remedies of any color as these are based in psychedelic chemistry.

  • briteleaf

    He head of the DEA is the democratic competition with the GOP presidential candidates for whacko circus of the year.

  • Whyiowa4medical

    There is no question that a law enforcement specialist spoke out of his expertise as one of those placards being held up is mine. The group protesting this was kind enough to save many a trip to Washington DC and are holding their statements up so MY words can be seen and heard at this rally. I have some very exciting advents upcoming from my preliminary research that I should be able to share within the next four months. This will erase all the damage done by fundamentalist government cannabis lies. I am so excited I just want to explode, but this must be hush-hush as to not tip off the enemy, but its success, so far, both in theory and in practice will assure access to anyone who wants cannabis!!! The system will forever change as this cannot be denied as it is widespread in nature!!! I will Tweet you soon Johnny as well as Aars.

  • Bob Tox

    The problem with Marijuana is that it makes you broke. It is should be cheaper. Somewhere some how. I don’t know how someone could make ends meet. You catch a lb. out of the bundle and it’s fucking $1200 or was it $14,000, $16,00? That was twenty years ago. Where is the the money that you owe me? Where are the financial records? I demand to see them.

  • Bob Tox

    It’s always the same siht. I never bought anything else.

    Who’s
    business is it anyways? Anybodies fck’ng guess? And who the hell are
    you recruiting to deliver it? It’s absurdly priced. You know when
    people are buying because they are stealing from you. And then what’s
    with the never ending crackdowns? Pot’s not going away. You are.

    Another
    question is why are they guarding it? You don’t see me guarding it do
    you? Should we all be guarding it? This is an embarrassment to the
    State of Mexico. And you know this is work that I do not want to do.
    It is third behind seed picker and stem remover. You pay people to
    stand there. If I see someone standing there they are not getting one
    thin dime. Not of mine, not of the states nor of anyone else’s. If I
    had GI’s out guarding a patch of strawberries I’d be on an island
    somewhere.

  • Bob Tox

    Medical marijuana is a good thing. I’ve
    never had many problems with suppliers. Not with marijuana. Some of
    those fk’rs with the crack can be a bit off putting. Besides that the
    ~ripoff~. But no one is to blame for this. Right? Not that I ever shot
    anybody but I know someone who did. He’s out now.

  • Bob Tox

    This website can not handle the posts thrown at it. This website.

  • Bob Tox

    It’s always the same sht. I never bought anything else. It may have been two years old.

    Who’s
    business is it anyways? Anybodies fck’ng guess? And who the hell are
    you recruiting to deliver it? It’s absurdly priced. You know when
    people are buying because they are stealing from you. And then what’s
    with the never ending crackdowns? Pot’s not going away. You are.

    Another question is why are they guarding it? You don’t see me guarding it do
    you? Should we all be guarding it? This is an embarrassment to the
    State of Mexico. And you know this is work that I do not want to do.
    It is third behind seed picker and stem remover. You pay people to
    stand there. If I see someone standing there they are not getting one
    thin dime. Not of mine, not of the states nor of anyone else’s. If I
    had GI’s out guarding a patch of strawberries I’d be on an island
    somewhere.