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White House Admits Marijuana Is Not A Gateway Drug


obama marijuanaWhite House Admits Marijuana Is Not A Gateway Drug

It’s been tough to keep up with the stream of misinformed statements from Obama on marijuana lately.

Back in April, I reported on Obama’s 2012 Drug Control Strategy, and its implications for the marijuana movement. Later that month, Obama clarified his stance on marijuana in Rolling Stone, claiming he lacks the power to direct the Department of Justice to ignore the Controlled Substance Act. After tossing sand in our collective eyes, it seemed Obama had spoken his final word on cannabis.

Enter Jimmy Kimmel and Eric Holder at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. As Jimmy jabbed Obama onstage, a HuffPost reporter got Holder to admit Obama’s Rolling Stone remarks were misleading–either Obama or Holder can remove marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act drug schedules at any time.

Let’s recap Obama’s many stances on marijuana point-by-point:

Obama’s Claim: He can’t tell the Justice Department to stop the war on medical marijuana.

The Truth: Obama could direct Attorney General Eric Holder to remove marijuana from the CSA drug schedules, or to reclassify it, ending the war on medical marijuana at any time.

Obama’s Claim: No patients have been prosecuted for the medical use of marijuana.

The Truth: Millions of patients across the country have lost safe access to medical cannabis after the federal raids. Dozens of caregivers have been sentenced to federal prison. Cops have run roughshod over the medical marijuana industry in many states, basically smashing and grabbing at their leisure. There are thousands of people living in fear each day over their involvement in the marijuana industry.

Obama’s Claim: His 2012 Drug Control Strategy states, “While the Administration supports ongoing research into determining what components of the marijuana plant can be used as medicine, to date, neither the FDA nor the Institute of Medicine has found the marijuana plant itself to meet the modern standard for safe or effective medicine for any condition.”

The Truth:

According to the Institute of Medicine 1999 report: “[E]xcept for the harms associated with smoking, the adverse effects of marijuana use are within the range of effects tolerated for other medications.” And, “There is no evidence that marijuana serves as a stepping stone on the basis of its particular physiological effect…instead, the legal status of marijuana makes it a gateway drug.

It seems none of Obama’s statements jive with reality. As we continue to pull at the threads of Obama’s poorly woven fiction, he loses room to hide his true agenda. Obama, as many of you know, has accepted huge stacks of cash from people, groups, and companies that make billions off alternatives to hemp and cannabis. They will fight hard to: (1) keep the President from allowing reclassification, (2) to keep the FDA from admitting that if marijuana were removed from the CSA it would have to be treated like an herb (the FDA has limited jurisdiction to regulate plants and herbal supplements), and (3) to keep our elderly folks believing marijuana is dangerous. If we can bring these facts to light for all Americans to see, we can end the absurd war on marijuana, and the mass imprisonment of cannabis users.

Spread the word: President Obama could order Attorney General Eric Holder to remove marijuana from the CSA Drug Schedules, and the jurisdiction of the FDA, like any other herb. At that point, our right to privacy would allow us to buy, sell, cultivate, use, and transport marijuana freely, just like St. John’s Wort or any other dietary supplement.






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  • It says “The White House admits…”

  • He’s having a hard time dealing with the fact that he used to blaze back in the day and he doesn’t want to be ridiculed for it now. LOL it’s a beach when reality smacks you in the face. Lets roll up a blunt and pay him a visit. If anyone deserves a little stress relief he does.

  • Ender Wiggin

    misleading headline is fail

  • Blood

    Search FB for Willie Nelson for President page and like it.
    I’m asking Willie to consider being a threatened write-in protest candidate for President. He would make his announcement on Jon Stewart and tell Obama, “unless you immediately order the DOJ and DEA to back off of ALL MMJ enforcement on ANY level and reclassify cannabis to a 3, I’m running against you and you will not win without our votes!” Clear and simple, respect your culture and change the classification or lose the election! Come join in Willie Nelson for President 2012!

  • The argument for Sativex is convoluted at best. Research has shown a more lopsided ratio of CBD to THC exhibits a more neuroprotective result then the ratio of 1 to 1

  • Oh Really?

    Sativex has only THC (the main psychoactive component in cannabis) and CBD. People don’t feel the typical high associated with smoked cannabis because Sativex is made with very close to a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, with the CBD counteracting the psychoactive effects of the THC. BUT, it most certainly does contain “the active substance contained in recreational cannabis.” It is NOT a whole plant extract in that it excludes all other cannabinoids present in a whole plant extract. This makes it an inferior medicine compared to a true whole plant extract (not difficult to make at home for yourself) because the cannabinoids work best in conjunction with each other. BTW, you’re right. The FDA will never approve the raw plant form of cannabis, but that is because it is beyond their scope of power. All they can approve are individual components once patented and packaged by the drug companies.

  • Mrh735

    Just another form of kicking the can down the road, rather than correcting a policy that will ultimately bankrupt us. The math is too rediculous to not be able to comprehend – spend less money on a FAILED DRUG POLICY, spend less money in the courts because cannabis users won’t be the leading group anymore, and Tax & regulate it like Alcohol and Tobacco. Because they haven’t immediately done so (within the last 10 – 15 years) – can only lead me to believe that somebody has their hands in the cookie jar – STILL !

    I’m certainly not a rocket scientist – however – in a struggling economy, wouldn’t a new industry benefit the entire country, if not the entire world.

  • Mrh735

    Petition the WH admin to direct Eric Holder to remove cannabis from CSA or reschedule as a schedule V in CSA leaving it up to each individual state to do what they feel is right. (I’ll bet everything that every state would immediately legalize it). The state that do not immediately legalize it would be losing residents IMMEDIATELY… What state can afoford that.

  •  Why would you feel “stuck” with Ron Paul if he became president?  Is it because you like our government constantly waging war overseas, wasting trillions of dollars?  Or is it because you prefer having a president who is bought and paid for by big Pharma, big bankers, and the Military Industrial Complex, as Obama and Romney clearly are?  Or is it because you like presidents who take away your personal liberties by signing laws like the Patriot Act, NDAA, and Executive Order 13603 ?  Or is it because you’d prefer someone like Romney who will tell you who you can and cannot marry?

    Really, I can’t understand your comment.  What is it about Ron Paul that would make you feel like you were “stuck” with a president who is worse than the stinking garbage heap that comprises the other choices?