The CSA or controlled substance act… Presently has medical marijuana classified as a schedule 1 narcotic, thereby dooming it as a drug that has been labeled “addictive,” … “High risk for abuse”… And “no proven medical value.” Bullshit…lies and propaganda.
It’s been a rough summer for those of us in the marijuana trenches. The pace has been fast and ugly as Obama’s DEA, along with Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, who has been goose-stepping through medical marijuana collectives in California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado. Forcing them to either close down, or pay the ultimate price with their freedom. Just ask Stephen D’Angelo of Harborside collective about the 2.5 million dollar tax debt the IRS says he now owes them, despite paying all of his tax obligations. Or, how about Richard Lee of Oaksterdam, who enjoyed the company of the DEA as they raided his non-– accredited for-profit educational marijuana cultivation facility, this was not simply a crackdown on a medical marijuana business… this was president Obama sticking his middle in the face of the medical marijuana community and telling us to “suck it.”[nggallery id=625]
Well as of October 16, all of that may come to a screeching halt. Medical marijuana advocates are have their fingers crossed and their joints rolled, hoping that a looming court case will force the federal government and its DEA to take another look at the possible benefits of marijuana consumption.
The CSA or controlled substance act… Presently has medical marijuana classified as a schedule 1 narcotic, thereby dooming it as a drug that has been labeled “addictive,” … “High risk for abuse”… And “no proven medical value.” Bullshit…lies and propaganda. All aimed at controlling the American public, steering their consumer dollars towards the products politicians have been ‘paid off’ to whore out. Alcohol, cigarettes, and pills…those are the accepted and taxable vices. At least that’s the way it used to be.
On October 16, 2012 Americans for Safe Access will have their day in court. ASA is a pro-medical marijuana organization which first filed its petition more than 10 years ago to reschedule marijuana. Over that decade of procrastination the government’s archaic position, “that marijuana has no medicinal application” has been proven to be laughable at best and immoral at worst. And the American public knows it; the stench of hypocrisy surrounds every word they speak on this topic.[nggallery id=626]
In the 17+ medical marijuana states in which this plant has been legalized for Dr. approved patient consumption, the federal prohibition on hemp, cannabis and marijuana has left doctors in a vulnerable position. As Americans support for medical marijuana has recently peaked at nearly 60%, the California Medical Association has taken the exceptional leap forward in logic. Late last October the CMA asked the feds to reclassify and regulate marijuana so that the scientific community could better research it.
Whether it was arrogance, ignorance or malice, when the ASA had their initial petition to reschedule marijuana rejected by the DEA, stating that – “there is no substantial evidence that marijuana should be removed from schedule one.” And that “Marijuana continues to be the most commonly used illicit drug” it set the stage for this epic battle of …right versus wrong, greed versus compassion, and hypocrisy versus the truth.