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Two Governors Ask the DEA to Reschedule Marijuana

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Today the governors of two states that allow the medical use of marijuana asked the Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify the drug so that doctors can legally prescribe it. In a letter to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee—both of whom have blocked plans to license medical marijuana dispensaries, citing fears of federal interference—complain that "the divergence in state and federal law creates a situation where there is no regulated and safe system to supply legitimate patients who may need medical cannabis." Washington voters approved medical marijuana in 1998, but last spring Gregoire vetoed a bill that would have authorized dispensaries, saying she was worried that state employees could be prosecuted for implementing it. The Rhode Island legislature approved a medical marijuana law in 2009, but two months ago Chafee announced that he would not allow dispensaries to open because "federal injunctions, seizures, forfeitures, arrests and prosecutions will only hurt the patients and caregivers that our law was designed to protect." Today Gregoire told The New York Times:

What we have out here on the ground is chaos. And in the midst of all the chaos we have patients who really either feel like they're criminals or may be engaged in some criminal activity, and really are legitimate patients who want medicinal marijuana.

If our people really want medicinal marijuana, then we need to do it right, we need to do it with safety, we need to do it with health in mind, and that's best done in a process that we know works in this country—and that's through a pharmacist.

Over the years the DEA has repeatedly refused to move marijuana out of Schedule I, a category supposedly reserved for drugs with a high abuse potential and no medical applications. The most recent rejection was in July, and it seems unlikely that Gregoire and Chafee's letter will change Leonhart's mind, although it may help distract attention from their decisions to flout the will of voters and state legislators.

Gregoire and Chafee are responding to the Obama administration's ever-shifting policy on medical marijuana, which I chronicle in the October issue of Reason. I revisited the subject in a column last month.

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  1. Gee, the federal government is being disingenuous and stupid? Who woulda thunk it?

  2. In a letter to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee?both of whom have blocked plans to license medical marijuana dispensaries, citing fears of federal interference?complain that “the divergence in state and federal law creates a situation where there is no regulated and safe system to supply legitimate patients who may need medical cannabis.”

    What struck my eyes was the way the terms “regulated” and “safe” were placed together along with “state,” “federal” and “system.”

    Only Statist fucks think that you can thread together those words in a sentence. To me is like threading together the word “rapist” and “love.”

    1. STEVE SMITH RAPE WITH LOVE! AND STEVE LOVE RAPE! SEE HOW STEVE THREAD TOGETHER?

  3. From Rhode Island to Washington

    Isn’t that a Pavement song?

  4. The governors of two states that allow the medical use of marijuana asked the Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify the drug so that doctors can legally prescribe it.”

    I’m betting the DEA’s answer is “no”.

    Any takers?

    1. They should say “yes”. Schedule II “medical” marijuana would be much more difficult to obtain under state laws. Heck, the FDA could then rule weed not safe and effective and close the medical “loophole” for good.

      1. Nah… that’s where the government keeps getting it wrong – it’s a plant, people like it, and it’s culturally established. Sorry, but pot isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

        1. Ya think those Blue nanny states are going to continue allowing something the sainted FDA calls poison to be distributed to sick people? I can see the TV commercials from the “Bad Drug” tort-referral lawyers right now.

  5. Making it even somewhat more legal would make it much harder for kids to get. The only way to get alcohol in high school was to sneak a beer every now and then from dad. I just had to ask the hippy senior for some bud.

    1. Nah, kids would get get some seeds and grow it. Jesus people, it’s weed. 50 years of insanity and usage remained constant. Besides, it’s not like kids in high school have problems getting vicodin or ritalin… or any other drug for that matter.

    2. Really? We always just paid a bum to go buy us some beer.

      1. Ditto. Half the time you paid the bum in beer after the score.

  6. Alcohol has a high abuse potential and no medical application.

    We must prohibit the alcohol to protect the children.

    1. Alcohol has a lot of medical appl’n.

      1. Its an all-natural herbal flush for your liver.

  7. Lenny Bruce used to say that he knew pot would be legal someday, because all the law students he knew smoked it.

    It’s just unbelievable that 40 or 50 years later, the Feds are still waging a war on marijuana. When will this madness ever end?


    1. Marijuana will be legal someday, because the many law students who now smoke pot will one day be Congressmen and they will legalize it to protect themselves.

      lol

      They all “grew up” to be hard-ass DAs and drug-warrior Congressman.

      You realize that qoute is from when Obama was 3 years old.

      1. I meant to use italics tags.

      2. Yeah, I’m nearly positive that about 90% of the US population has smoked pot at some time in their lives, which really makes those ads about pot making you smoke crack pretty funny.

        Then again, maybe crack is the reason all of our politicians are so fucking insane.

        1. Vote for me! I got drugs off the streets!

  8. Mother Jones has a high abuse potential and no medical application.

    We must prohibit Mother Jones to protect the children.

    1. for the love of all that is holy do not romanticize Mother Jones.

      It should not be viewed as anything more then something to wipe you ass with…and yes to do so should also be perceived as an insult to tp.

  9. These dudes are clearly on the take like everyone else.

    http://www.ano-post.tk

  10. If you don’t like marijuana, then don’t use it.

  11. Gregoire is not only a stupid ass corrupt ho, but a cowardly pussy as well. She fears state employees would be prosecuted? Look at a real man’s state: Colorado. Has a fucking department of marijuana with its own official seal. As for RI…that shithole Boston suburb isn’t even a legit state so fuck it and those northeast tampon sniffers deserve whatever shit they get from any government that gives it to em.

      1. i’ll ignore your rhode island hate and just say that you are totally right about gregoire. she has been a complete fucking coward and should have long ago stood up to federal bullies trying to usurp state sovereignty.

        now, she has the COURAGE (hi dan) to ASK the DEA?

        wow, what a fucking pathetic governor we have in WA.

  12. “Two governors ASK the DEA to reschedule marijuana.”

    And while they’re at it, they should bend over and guide the federal dick into their asses. ASK not to be raped too violently.

  13. If it was Schedule II we could at least get more scientific studies to confirm the 1894 Indian Hemp Drugs Commission and the 1944 LaGuardia Commission as well as these: http://breakthematrix.com/unca…..er-funded/

  14. OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 1):

    Federal researchers implanted several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung cancers, in mice, then treated them with cannabinoids (unique, active components found in marijuana). THC and other cannabinoids shrank tumors and increased the mice’s lifespans. Munson, AE et al. Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Sept. 1975. p. 597-602.

    OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER, (PART 2):

    In a 1994 study the government tried to suppress, federal researchers gave mice and rats massive doses of THC, looking for cancers or other signs of toxicity. The rodents given THC lived longer and had fewer cancers, “in a dose-dependent manner” (i.e. the more THC they got, the fewer tumors). NTP Technical Report On The Toxicology And Carcinogenesis Studies Of 1-Trans- Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, CAS No. 1972-08-3, In F344/N Rats And B6C3F Mice, Gavage Studies. See also, “Medical Marijuana: Unpublished Federal Study Found THC-Treated Rats Lived Longer, Had Less Cancer,” AIDS Treatment News no. 263, Jan. 17, 1997.

    OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 3):

    Researchers at the Kaiser-Permanente HMO, funded by NIDA, followed 65,000 patients for nearly a decade, comparing cancer rates among non-smokers, tobacco smokers, and marijuana smokers. Tobacco smokers had massively higher rates of lung cancer and other cancers. Marijuana smokers who didn’t also use tobacco had no increase in risk of tobacco-related cancers or of cancer risk overall. In fact their rates of lung and most other cancers were slightly lower than non-smokers, though the difference did not reach statistical significance. Sidney, S. et al. Marijuana Use and Cancer Incidence (California, United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Vol. 8. Sept. 1997, p. 722-728.

    OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 4):

    Donald Tashkin, a UCLA researcher whose work is funded by NIDA, did a case-control study comparing 1,200 patients with lung, head and neck cancers to a matched group with no cancer. Even the heaviest marijuana smokers had no increased risk of cancer, and had somewhat lower cancer risk than non-smokers (tobacco smokers had a 20-fold increased Lung Cancer risk). Tashkin D. Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer: Results of a Case-Control Study. American Thoracic Society International Conference. May 23, 2006.

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