Nov 142015
 November 14, 2015

chuck rosenberg deaDEA head Chuck Rosenberg recently made some insensitive, unscientific comments about medical marijuana that demonstrated just how little compassion he has for suffering patients in this country. Below are Chuck Rosenberg’s comments, via the Huffington Post:

“What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it’s not,” Rosenberg told reporters last week. “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.

“There are pieces of marijuana — extracts or constituents or component parts — that have great promise,” he continued. “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 medicine.”

In reaction to those comments, the Marijuana Majority created a petition calling for the termination of Chuck Rosenberg. 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 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 number 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.

LETTER TO
Barack Obama

“Fire DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg for referring to medical marijuana, which many seriously ill people rely on, as a “joke.”

As of this blog post, 76,302 people have signed the petition. Singer/songwriter, and cancer survivor, Melissa Etheridge signed the petition, and you should too. You should also donate to the Marijuana Majority so that they can continue to do great work like this. Tom Angell is an activism manchild, and you better believe that if/when I ever get money, I’m backing him as much as I can because of his ability to do big things, like what he has been able to do with bringing awareness to this issue and petition.

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  31 Responses to “Petition To Fire DEA Head Chuck Rosenberg Surpasses 75,000 Signatures”

  1.  

    It’s a joke uh, tell that to all the little kids it’s saving. You stupid fuck

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    guy is a monster a really bad guy he destroyed Virginia turned it into a police state

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    Not only should be be fired he should be arrested indicted for obstruction of justice he is loser he needs a taste of his own medicine he is no saint the guy lies and is vindictive he is a criminal Rosenberg is an EVIL DOER he should be locked up for fraud he abuses his power he is nasty guy a demon

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    Rosenberg is a COWARD

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    Everyone should call the white house comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President fire Chuck Rosenberg immediately, and to immediately de-schedule Marijuana or at a minimum knock Medical Marijuana down to no more restrictive class than Schedule 4, and to de-schedule CBD completely, since it is completely non-psychoactive.

    Marinol – pure THC – the psychoactive component of Marijuana is on Schedule 3, and DEA policy dictates that drugs with less than 100% of the psychoactive component are on a lower schedule than pure formulations. That’s how the DEA schedule for Opiates and mixtures containing them work. Therefore, Marijuana, which is a mixture of THC and non-psychoactive components, should be on no DEA schedule, or on no more restrictive Schedule than Schedule 4. Google DEA Schedules for more information on DEA standard scheduling policy.

    Google Marijuana Therapeutic Index.
    Google Tylenol Overdose.

    Marijuana has an unmatched safety profile, a minimum of 114x safer than Alcohol and up to 100’s of times safer (or more) than over the counter pain killers like NSAIDS and Tylenol. Its Therapeutic index is estimated to be in the range of 20,00 to 1. Tylenol is less than 5 to 1.

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta said it best —

    “We should legalize Marijuana. We should do it nationally. And we should do it NOW.”

    From a medical and scientific standpoint, the current situation is NUTS.

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    President Obama needs to fire Chuck Rosenberg — Immediately.

    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.

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    Everyone should call the white house comment line and ask that the President fire Chuck Rosenberg immediately, and to immediately de-schedule Marijuana or at a minimum knock Medical Marijuana down to no more restrictive class than Schedule 4, and to de-schedule CBD completely, since it is completely non-psychoactive.

    Marinol – pure THC – the psychoactive component of Marijuana is on Schedule 3, and DEA policy dictates that drugs with less than 100% of the psychoactive component are on a lower schedule than pure formulations. That’s how the DEA schedule for Opiates and mixtures containing them work. Therefore, Marijuana, which is a mixture of THC and non-psychoactive components, should be on no DEA schedule, or on no more restrictive Schedule than Schedule 4. Google DEA Schedules for more information on DEA standard scheduling policy.

    Google Marijuana Therapeutic Index.
    Google Tylenol Overdose.

    Marijuana has an unmatched safety profile, a minimum of 114x safer than Alcohol and up to 100’s of times safer (or more) than over the counter pain killers like NSAIDS and Tylenol. Its Therapeutic index is estimated to be in the range of 20,00 to 1. Tylenol is less than 5 to 1.

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta said it best —

    “We should legalize Marijuana. We should do it nationally. And we should do it NOW.”

    From a medical and scientific standpoint, the current situation is NUTS.

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    Fire him

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    The key reason Chuck Rosenberg should be fired is that he failed to do his job and de-schedule or re-schedule Marijuana and to make it possible for Physicians in all 50 states to prescribe Medical Marijuana on the same basis as other medications. His own words convict him. He freely admitted that he believed, at a minimum, that extracts from Marijuana showed great promise in treating disease (his own words.) If he believed that, he had an ethical, moral, and managerial responsibility to take action to de-schedule or re-schedule Medical Marijuana and yet he failed to do so.

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    Little Hitler Rosenberg is responsible for the governor of Virginia being indicted Little Hitler is a true Nazi they had to take him out of the picture the governor would be President so they destroyed him he turned VA into a place of Nazi’s a total police state Virginia he created the witch hunts and the salem witch Gestapo Nazi police state run from that state its gone to hell in a hand basket your privacy rights are none what do you think they will do to you if they put the governor in jail WTF eom

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    Its wrong to treat Americans, including American Children who have valid medical need for Marijuana as second class citizens, who’s life doesn’t have the same value as everyone else’s.

    Prohibition 2.0 would be wrong, even if Marijuana wasn’t a “Wonder Drug” for Cancer patients, kids with Seizures, Vets with PTSD and Americans with Chronic pain.

    But it is a “Wonder Drug” for those conditions and for many others.

    Google GWPH. Go to the USPTO web site and look up their patents and published patent applications.

    You’ll see that they’ve got patents that provide them a 20 year monopoly that will cost US patients Billions of dollars.

    If you want the benefits of Medical Marijuana and have to get it through their patented medications, you’ll pay through the nose for them — if you can afford it.

    If not, you’ll be out of luck.

    Imagine having to tell a dying Child, or that Child’s parent, that you could save their life, but the government won’t let you.

    The current situation stinks.

  12.  

    I say we defund the entire DEA. Nothing more than the militia arm of Big Pharma and Big Prison. And that militia is used against we the people to prevent competition in the market place and lock up the poor for profit. Scum of the earth.

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    In a real Republic, traitors like Rosenberg would be immediately decommissioned and made to stand trial for crimes against humanity. The DEA is nothing but a fascist organ that does the dirty work for the pharmaceutical industry.

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    I took the Marijuana Majority petition and added it to WhiteHouse.Gov … if it gets 100K sigs THERE, the administration HAS to respond to it. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/fire-dea-chief-chuck-rosenberg-over-his-ignorant-comments-medical-marijuana-mmj-dea-firechuck

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    Obama should come out and completely agree with Chuck….He’s only talking about smoking ‘the leaf’. Understand?
    You think they smoked ‘leaf’ in Hawaii ?? Hardly…
    So Obama should then decree, again in agreement with Chuck, that all other ‘constituents’ of marijuana are ‘medicinal’.
    In addition, since all components are non-lethal, and non-addictive, Cannabis should be completely declassified, and removed from the CSA. Obama should so instruct his Atty. General, and DOJ that this order is to be implemented immediately…effective today.

    I totally agree….smoking of ‘leaf’ should be discouraged…

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      i dont know man, them sativas can be quite leafy.. :p semantics aside, the presidential cabinet should be reflective of the voters who put the ‘chief’ in office, i agree.

  16.  

    Little Hitler is evil

  17.  

    War on Drugs is the absolute worst US policy in the past 30 years.

  18.  

    Lmao who typed up this post? That ending was a grammer debacle, and thst bothers me.

  19.  

    Well he’s right, kind of. Smoking the leaf will do nothing…
    The bud is the flower of the plant. This guy really does not know his stuff does he?

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      No. He’s not right. There are medicinal benefits to smoking it. Sanjay Gupta interviewed a young man on his “Weed” documentary that has a condition that causes his esophagus to contract, and expand continuously. It causes him pain, and makes it hard to even talk. He took one bowl hit, and the symptoms stopped instantly.

  20.  

    Chuck Rosenberg. This latest incompetent idiot is just trying to take goosestepping out of the closet. Secret courts,Loyalty 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-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.

  21.  

    I am proud to have signed this petition. Law enforcement needs to wake up and realize the majority of Americans are growing tired of the failed drug war (war on citizens). And in particular the insane war on plants. The DEA is the joke… agents partying with hookers and blow paid for by drug cartels got the last DEA leader ousted. Why do the American people tolerate these crooked cops? If the top of the pyramid is crooked and mislead how can we expect better of the police all around the nation? Not only should pot be legal, the DEA should be disbanded.

  22.  

    What an asshole!!

  23.  

    This individual heading the DEA is unequivocally one of the most sinister administrators appointed by a president. I am college educated-Master’s Degree with honors Mr. Rosenburg and I am not a drug addict. I have never committed a crime in my life so you cannot discredit me! I do not use MM or Kratom, but how dare you play God and take that right from me if I so choose to do so. To prohibit these wonderful medicinal plants from being used by the suffering children and adults who need them to survive everyday in this world makes you a menacing executive who is dangerous to the very people you serve. Your misguided and Draconian ideologies belong in the 1920s. I do not have an opinion about disbanding the DEA, but I do have an opinion about you. You should never be allowed to head any agency again, nor should one single agency be allowed to make unilateral decisions that effect the lives of millions without due process. This is a democracy and it should be treated as such. Your statements are preposterous regarding MM and Kratom and they are clearly not founded in science. Your hidden agenda is quite clear with you connection to BP. There is an army of individuals who oppose you. We will peacefully not allow you to kill anymore people with your bans!

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