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Remove Marijuana From The DEA’s Schedule Of Drugs

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dea marijuana marijuana policy project petitionA petition was created yesterday by the Marijuana Policy Project that has already received over 23k signatures. It calls on the federal government to remove marijuana from the DEA’s schedule of drugs. The petition was created after President Obama’s recent interview in which he admitted marijuana is not more harmful than alcohol. Below is the language of the petition. I encourage everyone to sign it. As always, I’ll be the first to say that petitions don’t normally equate to action, but it’s still symbolic, and if it gets enough signatures it will raise a lot of awareness, which is well worth it.

In a profile published by The New Yorker magazine, President Barack Obama acknowledged the fact that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol for the consumer. Yet federal law classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, a category the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers “the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules.” It’s time for that to change.

The Controlled Substances Act gives the executive branch, led by President Obama, the legal authority to remove marijuana from the DEA’s schedule of drugs. That authority should be exercised immediately. The president clearly recognizes that marijuana is safer than alcohol — which is not a scheduled drug — so he should do everything he can to ensure our federal laws reflect that fact.

Please sign our petition calling on President Obama to remove marijuana from the DEA’s schedule of drugs. Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol, and it is time for our government to start treating it that way.

To:
President Barack Obama

In a profile recently published by The New Yorker magazine, you acknowledged the fact that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol to the consumer. Yet federal law classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, a category the Drug Enforcement Administration considers “the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules.”

Please exercise the executive branch’s authority to remove marijuana from the DEA’s schedule of drugs. You clearly recognize the fact that marijuana is safer than alcohol — which is not a scheduled drug — so I hope you will do everything you can to ensure our federal laws reflect that fact.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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  1. In fact, it was the prohibition apparatus, employing tens of thousands in the federal government, suddenly without a target, that was rapidly converted to persecute the newly criminalized cultivation and trafficking of marijuana.

  2. My father told me that when he was living in West Virginia in the 40’s where his aunt and uncle used to make shine out in the boonies there was a gas station that sold look -a- like marlboro 20 cigs to a pack rolled joints and labeled US GOV”T US ARMY. On the front label said satisfying hemp,in which it was not hemp at all. People were chewing it and smoking it. HMMMMM. Not really in a widespread area of West Virginia but a small closed community south of Charleston WV. Small community, sounds like guinea pig testing was done. The goverment says they don’t know enough about it <<<BS And the US Gov't could not keep the shelf full to sell. Sold like hotcakes and then never again did it come back to the gas station. The owner said he was forced to sell the weed. And said to have been paid very well for his endeavors. So it was sold for approximately a year like that. Eventually the store keeper closed the station and the food store and opened a liquor store and was paid to do so. Ba humbug…I'm 60 years old and a non curable very debilatating disease and have found it was healing me until I was to ill and scared to take chance of proccuring any more cannibis.
    I now just sit or lay and nothing else. Type some and can't eat well,nausea ,vomiting and diahreaa chronic. Please free the cannabis for . One thing many people do not mention is that well people should use cannabis also along with the ill. Most people that are in good health that smoke or however it is injested stay healthy all the time. Wonder wonder……….Free the cannabis please, for all.

  3. Would you consider Aretha Franklin jazz? Because it’s always the right time for Aretha. :D

  4. You might not be ready for Coltrane, but you could try some 60’s Miles Davis. Very pretty stuff.

    Satellite radio is another bill, but worth it if you’re in the car all the time, especially in areas where FM doesn’t work.

  5. Ah, jazz… I have tried to appreciate this genre of music, but I’m afraid I need more structure. :)
    I haven’t tried satellite radio yet — sounds like just another monthly bill to me. (Damn you Verizon!)

  6. We are lucky enough to have excellent jazz and classical stations in Colorado, and a couple of very good college stations within range. Just got a car with satellite radio in it – that’s pretty cool too. With satellite, I can always listen to Fox News if I need a laugh.

  7. Great point man. I have been clean of speed for 9 years, after 20 years of everything i could do to self medicate. Judging from what i’ve seen out there, I’m a miracle walking. There is also rampant pill abuse in our communities with people smoking and injecting prescribed meds when drs hand em out like candy.Street trading value is high. I know these people and they slip by CPS because their drug of choice is prescribed. It is an ugly world out there in some places and a weed is not their drug of choice. I have never known more peace and prosperity than after i embraced Mary Jane as my ONLY med of choice without having to have any addictive side effects, or criminal behaviors to get it. Stay sober man great job!

  8. The fact that MJ prohibition has lasted this long disgusts me, Prohibition is the only reason drugs are related to crime and violence, When cannabis is taken of the DEA list the police will be able to use more resources on organized crime, hard drugs, sex trafficking, and gang violence. The DEA and task forces around the country need more resources to combat The problems that Heroin and methamphetamine bring to communities, i have personally seen Heroin and Methamphetamine destroy families of all types of social and economical stature. To any law enforcement reading this, please focus more attention on Heroin distribution and clandestine methamphetamine manufacturing. As a 3 year clean recovering opiate addict i have been very deep into the world of illicit substances and i promise you cannabis is no threat to the safety of our communities.

  9. It killed my mommy I a car wreck 10 day’s before my 2nd Birthday. Then went on to cause liver damage to me.

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