Nov 202015
 November 20, 2015

marijuana majority petition dea chuck rosenbergSomething amazing has occurred over the last week or so. Recently DEA head Chuck Rosenberg called medical marijuana a joke. That led to Tom Angell and the Marijuana Majority creating a petition at Change.Org calling on President Obama to fire Chuck Rosenberg because of his comments. Due to the unparalleled skill set of Tom Angell, some elbow grease, and help from the marijuana community and even the mainstream media, the effort went viral, resulting in over 100,000 people signing the petition. Even singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge signed and promoted the petition!

Today those petitions will be delivered to the DEA headquarters by medical marijuana patients. It’s going to be a very big deal, and I can’t wait to see mainstream media erupt over it. There are several members of Congress that have publicly came out in support of the termination of Chuck Rosenberg’s employment at the DEA. The pressure continue to builds, and it feels like the firing could come at any moment. I’m hopeful that the delivery of the petition’s today, and the media buzz that ensues, will be enough to push this effort over the top. If that proves to be the case, then Tom Angell deserves an enormous amount of credit. In mathematical form, that would look like (as seen on my Facebook and Twitter accounts):

Tom Angell > Chuck Rosenberg

Below is a press release about the delivery of the petitions today, via the Marijuana Majority:

Several people who rely on marijuana to treat the symptoms of serious illnesses will deliver more than 100,000 petition signatures to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) headquarters today 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 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.

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

WHAT: Delivery of 100,000+ petition signatures calling for the head of the DEA to be fired or step down

WHEN: Today, 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 today are:

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

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

* Lisa Norris Leyden, whose son Jackson is Washington, D.C.’s first legal pediatric medical cannabis patient

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.

Building on momentum from the petition, a bipartisan group of members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama on Thursday urging him to fire Rosenberg:

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.

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

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  • Amanda Witter

    Thank you, I’ve been able to replace a medicine cabinet full of pharmecuticals with medicinal marijuana.

  • Valient

    I feel like people would be more willing to sign petitions if they didn’t have a fear that the government was going to get that information and target them…100k is a large amount, but it’s nowhere near the amount of people with medical cards who should all be supporting this before they become the next victim of the DEA cartel.

    • 2buds4me

      At roughly 9% of the American population, 29,000,000 of us should have signed. That’s how scared a lot of folks are of coming out of the Cannabis closet.

      • AntiIgnorant

        I have finally gotten to the point that I don’t care. But, yes, I was not willing to speak out publicly until recently, about a 1.5 years ago. So, you have a very valid point. Liberty can only be won with a voice. Speak up people!!!

  • PhDScientist

    I’m a foot soldier in the war on Cancer. Today, everyone who signed the petition became one as well. On behalf of America’s Cancer Patients — Thank you!

  • http://www.norml.org Harry Anslinger

    The DEA cares only about its staff and budget. They routinely violate the law in their enforcement of the drug war. They routinely violate the privacy rights of American citizens in the US without a warrant, conducting broad wiretaps and expansive vehicle movement tracking. The DEA is an agency run amok. It cannot be fixed, it should be dismantled and law enforcement responsibilities distributed to other existing properly managed law enforcement agencies.

    • Bradford

      My God. I couldn’t agree with you more. Go to: doj.gov, (that’s not a link – you can find it….),
      and look for the July, 21 OIG report on the DEA…. Every year, low-level DEA narcs, under low-level DEA agents, are allowed to buy & sell up to 90kgs. of HEROIN, w/out higher-level DEA authorization…. Your namesake did more damage to America, than the drugs themselves could have done….

      doj = Dept. of Justice
      oig = Office of Inspector General, DoJ….
      Fold the DEA into the FDA, and create the FDEA…..something like that. Why don’t Repubtards EVER make serious suggestions to actually down-size Federal gov’t….????….
      (c)2015, Tom Clancy, Jr., *NON-fiction

  • PhDScientist

    There’s a “fierce moral urgency” to the need to get Medical Marijuana removed from Schedule 1.
    Americans, including American Children, are suffering and dying — needlessly.
    Marijuana isn’t just “good medicine”, or even “just” a “wonder drug”; as Dr. Sanjay Gupta says — “In many cases, its the only drug that works”

  • PhDScientist

    Tom, thanks for all your good work. Please do what you can to have the same petitions delivered to the white house and to every member of congress.
    Its heart-breaking to know that Americans, including American Children, are suffering and dying — needlessly — because they’re being denied the life saving medication
    they need to stay alive.

  • jasen joseph hylbert

    The DEA are not a legitimate part of the government in the United States, but rather are a batch of extortionist gangsters who parasitize us all by extortiny tax dollars to fight their mafia war on Americans. Fortunatley there are still real and sincere sections of the federal government.

    Simply firing the current DEA head and replacing him may result in someone even more deceptive and evil. The entire DEA needs to be disbanded and ideally those who have been involved in the slavery culture it represents would be brought to justice and imprisoned or at least deported. While I am against capitol punishment, I would hope that the DEA employees would be killed while in prison.

    • 1Bugler1

      Agreed 100%. DEA is a terrorist organization and much more worthy of our fear than 2,000 Syrian refugees.

  • Stel-1776

    The use of cannabis in managing pain is one of the most important.

    4 out of 5 heroin users begin with prescription opioids [Lankenau et al. 2012]. The reason is very simple, heroin and opioids such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), are very similar drugs. When prescriptions run out, people turn to far less expensive, more available, more potent heroin from the street to support their habit.
    [Lankenau et al. Initiation into prescription opioid misuse amongst young injection drug users. Int J Drug Policy. 2012.]

    Removing cannabis from our pharmacopeia 7 decades ago may have resulted in thousands of opioid deaths:

    From a pharmacological perspective, cannabinoids are considerably safer than opioids and have broad applicability in palliative care. Had cannabis not been removed from our pharmacopeia 7 decades ago and remained available to treat chronic pain, potentially thousands of lives that have been lost to opioid toxicity could have been prevented.
    The medicinal cannabis user should not be considered a criminal in any state and the DEA and our legal system should be using science and logic as the basis of policy making rather than political or societal bias.
    [Carter et al. Cannabis in palliative medicine: improving care and reducing opioid-related morbidity. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2011.]

    Legal medical cannabis has been shown to significantly reduce deaths from prescription opioid painkillers by reducing opioid use:

    States with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8% lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws.
    [Bachhuber et al. Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Analgesic Overdose Mortality in the United States, 1999-2010. JAMA Intern Med. 2014.]

    Two of the main reasons people switch to cannabis: less side-effects and less withdrawal:

    Over 41% state that they use cannabis as a substitute for alcohol, 36.1% use cannabis as a substitute for illicit substances, and 67.8% use cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs. The three main reasons cited for cannabis-related substitution are ‘less withdrawal’ (67.7%), ‘fewer side-effects’ (60.4%), and ‘better symptom management’ suggesting that many patients may have already identified cannabis as an effective and potentially safer adjunct or alternative to their prescription drug regimen.
    [Lucas et al. Cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs: A dispensary-based survey of substitution effect in Canadian medical cannabis patients. Addiction Research & Theory. 2013]

    Denying people medicine like this should be a criminal act, instead using it is. What a bizarre situation we have created.

    • Whyiowa4medical

      You have hit on a very important use for cannabis, but we have not yet uncovered 1/100th of its whole plant uses. When I had my grow-op and whole plant research from 1984-1991 I came upon an import from the Humboldt County researchers (using Iowa cannabis, not hemp, that the railroad seeded in 1941 – 1942 that instead of a single year annual it reseeded itself and acclimated to our cold weather to produce huge indica buds, but it lost its potency. So worthless to us at that point it set them upon strains that could grow anywhere) that I crossed with a strong Afghani hashish producing strain. The result was incredible, but it places the whole “CBDs as the main seizure reliever” in serious doubt. It was my first strain creation attempt and when it relieved my friends seizures to as near zero than any other strain or substance (he was a brain injury survivor with no prior epilepsy, but he grew up a learning disabled student), I ran a sample to my friends in chemical engineering at ISU. I had changed the entire cannabinoid structure of the bio-chemical arrangements. We were wrong when we believed it was our highest THC producer, as it had a range of 12% to 14% THC, but it was a two hit and you are done strain. I had accidentally brought to the forefront other cannabinoids that had amazing effects without that much excessive THC. My chemical engineers had never seen anything like the composition of this plant. It became known locally as my seizure cure (I did not like this as I wanted it called Nepalese Black), but where this strain was proven was when a friend suffered an aneurism at work, miles from any hospital. While the doctors were encouraging the family to make arrangements and to donate his organs, his wife told his family and boss of my very unusual weed!
      I was very uncomfortable dosing him, until his “linebacker” of a boss said he knew I had something that might help and if I considered myself any sort of nurse (whether I was practicing or not) it was my duty to try and he would see to my safety!!! I checked my friend’s chart and they were not even giving him Valium to ease his discomfort (if he were aware of any), so I relented VERY ILLEGALLY. He was easily dosed via his ventilator and I gave him two doses three times a day. He began to show signs of improvement on day two and on day six he coughed and his eyes began to flutter under the tape. The room was sprayed with Ozium and the nurse was called. She saw the eye flutter and called a code (the fastest way to get doctor support) and after shouting and applying deep tendon pain he tried to vocalize, “Stop!” Dosing him became more difficult, but as promised his boss found a way as he was able to take it willingly. He returned to work in six weeks doing all sort of construction.
      My other friend who had been learning disabled started reading out of my library, and these were not “See Spot Run” books for children. He finished the book “The Dead Zone” by Stephen King in less than a week and he wanted to talk about literature. You would have called this impossible in his High School days. So, besides my experiments with imported strains on the Schizoid patients and cancer patients (with the assistance of an MSW who was a close friend) we found different strains worked better for different patients, some of the scarcely known domestics could be manipulated to give high medical benefit and my “seizure strain was incredibly low in CBD. Thai buds worked very well in Schizoid-Depressive patients taking their use of the anti-psychotic drugs of the day and Benzodiazepines to unbelievably low levels while also removing their need for very addictive barbiturates for sleep. Stopping barbiturates is risky and sometimes deadly business, my patients stopped cold with no dangerous withdrawal, but they were given more lorazepam for two weeks. Cancer patients did far better on Columbian strains, including San Mateo Gold, and when I grew a Columbian import it was a no name Red Bud girl that worked best (today I would likely call it RBH (Red Bud Healer). I recorded my results but these must be recreated from memory as divorce can destroy more than one may think. I have spent years doing this and the Nepalese I can re-create from back crossing two of the best plants I can get from commercial sources. I would welcome any method to re-create the San Mateo Gold as the cartel leaders are likely not to be so cooperative and I do not have enough money to impress them, but I have a plan for that as well. As these events occurred between 1978 – 1991 I have to agree we have made a mess of a law that was meant to be well intentioned (as my gateway drug was LSD at age 13, something I would not recommend today as people don’t care if you lose yourself in the powerful experience any longer)!!! So those who believe cannabis reduces IQ and harms the brain can suck on these results!!!

  • Whyiowa4medical

    Yes, my petition is in there somewhere and one of mine was to be on the steps for the president to see. I can write better than I usually do on a site of “like minded friends” so I will stand on my head while eggs are thrown at me to get safe access for all Americans that want it. I am working very hard to see that safe access for all happens.

  • JamesM2

    I have had IBS for several years, with it getting much worse the past 4-5 years. I have severe colon spasms and cramps for hours to the point I can’t stand up, and quite a few times the pain has been so intense I have passed out and woke up on the bathroom floor. I am almost 60 years old and never smoked MJ in my life until just over a month ago for other pains I have as an experiment to see if it helps. Not only does it help for my other pains, but I was having severe cramps a few weeks ago to the point I was getting sick and felt like i would pass out soon. I lit up, took two long pulls of my low powered MJ, and with 3-5 minutes the spasms/cramps were completely gone. I was still some what sore from the spasms, but no spasm pain or spasms at all. In the decades I have had this problem nothing has ever helped one bit. I hope this petition helps people like me that live in a state that only has one recognized use for medical MJ, and IBS isn’t one of those uses.

  • Bob Tox

    I was beaten with a bag of oranges for my bag of fresh marijuana. Please end the violence. These people need help.