Recently Eric Holder was quoted as saying that he would be willing to work with Congress to look into rescheduling marijuana. Currently marijuana is a Schedule 1 substance according to the Controlled Substances Act. This means that according to the federal government, marijuana has no medical value, which is a slap in the face to science and logic. There have been petitions, letters from elected officials, and countless other attempts to get the Obama Administration to get on the right side of history and science on this issue, but the administration has failed to do anything except stand in the way.
So when Eric Holder made his previous statement, it didn’t resonate with people that have been following this issue for a long time, despite the fact that a lot of marijuana media outlets hailed it as some great step in the right direction. Yesterday Eric Holder was called out for his rhetoric. Below is an excerpt from Fire Dog Lake:
During a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing today Rep. Steve Cohen (D) directly pointed out to Attorney General Eric Holder that the power to reschedule any drug, including marijuana, rests with his office.
When explicitly asked why he hasn’t even at least request the medical evaluation that would begin the rescheduling process Holder responded, “I’m satisfied with what we have done.”
What they “have done” is actively stood in the way of change. Under Holder’s leadership the Department of Justice has not only refused to move forward with a petition from several sitting governors regarding the rescheduling of marijuana but has actually gone to court to fight against efforts to compel them to act.
Below is great video footage of Federal Representative Steve Cohen grilling Eric Holder over his obvious B.S. statements. I am so thankful that Steve Cohen is at these hearings to call out the Obama Administration when needed.