DEA Removes Erroneous Marijuana Distortions from Website

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Finally bowing before the altar of public pressure and common decency, the DEA has stripped its website of some rather misleading and inaccurate information regarding marijuana consumption and its purported health effects.

After months of dishing out alternative facts (read: blatant misrepresentations) in lieu of scientific evidence, a legal challenge brought by Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has compelled the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to remove more than two-dozen factually inaccurate statements about marijuana from their highly erroneous website.

Defending accuracy and honesty for the benefit of all Americans, the ASA coerced the DEA through a legal petition filed on Dec. 5, 2016, to remove the majority of these deceptive assertions. Citing the DEA’s direct violation of the Data Quality Act, which prohibits federal agencies from providing deceitful “facts” under the guise of useful “information,” the ASA’s petition requested the correction of these duplicitous statements within 60 days.

Found particularly egregious by the ASA, one DEA publication, “Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana”, included 23 of the 25 factual manipulations in direct violation of the Data Quality Act. Now scrubbed from their website and relegated to the garbage heap of history are the DEA’s odious claims that marijuana is a gateway drug, causes an irreversible cognitive decline in adults, and is a primary contributor to both psychosis and lung cancer.

A battle hardened victory for supporters of real information vs. alternative facts, Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for State Access noted:

“The federal government now admits that cannabis is not a gateway drug, and doesn’t cause long-term brain damage, or psychosis. While the fight to end stigma around cannabis is far from over, this is a big first step.”

Primarily now corrected, Americans for Safe Access have vowed to tenaciously pursue and monitor the DEA’s progress at correcting the remaining inaccuracies to ensure all “damaging information” is removed from their website.

Optimistic and resolute, Vicki Freeman, a lawyer with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe notes: “the DEA continues to disseminate many damaging facts about the health risks of medical cannabis and patients across the country face ongoing harm as a result of these alternative facts. We are hopeful the DEA will also remove the remaining statements rather than continue to mislead the public in the face of the scientifically proven benefits of medical cannabis.”

With factual accuracy now an overriding imperative, thanks to the recent swearing-in of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III as our new United States Atty. Gen., the ASA opines in their recent memo, “Allowing Mr. Sessions to make law enforcement decisions based on biased, out-of-date information does a tremendous disservice to ASA’s members and the American people at large.”

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    • Surprising to see the dislikes of this article.. It doubles the amount of people that liked it.. has to be an organized opponents group. More than likely Kevin Sabet, is involved.

    • They already know it’s safe. They have been paid to stop it by big pharma. Here’s the REAL hoot… if big pharma would have pulled it in as a medicine and declared it’s use fkr medicinal purposes to begin with, who do you think would have made all that money? Yup. They frigged up. Now the game is limit access so we marijuana won’t replace a lot of their drugs, which are harmful, potentially lethal and half the time don’t work. Or two years down the road it will give you cancer of the a** or some other unpleasantry. Marijuana does none of that. The most it does is raise melatonin levels which can lower serotonin and cause mild depression which can be quickly corrected woth a vit. b suppliment. They feel this is financially dangerous to them, however if they were bright enough to find creative ways to capitalize on the industry in a complimentary way, they’d make bank. This is called stupidity. They can’t patent it. That’s been determined, but marijuana needs supplements for growth. People who use it can have some mild side effects which they could counteract to increase a sick or dying patient’s comfort levels. There are WAYS to capitalize on this and you’d have to be pretty stupid right now to look at the profits coming in from this business and not try to make bank on it. That’s business. Get with the program, or lose out.

      • They already know it’s safe. They have been paid to stop it by big pharma. Here’s the REAL hoot… if big pharma would have pulled it in as a medicine and declared it’s use for medicinal purposes to begin with by finding a way to capitalize on its potential indirectly if directly isn’t possible, who do you think would have made all that money? Yup. They frigged up. Now the game is limit access so we marijuana won’t replace a lot of their current drugs, which are harmful, potentially lethal and half the time don’t work. Or two years down the road it will give you cancer of the a** or some other gruesome unpleasantry. Marijuana does none of that. They feel this is financially dangerous to them, however if they were bright enough to find creative ways to capitalize on the industry in a complimentary way, they’d make bank. This is called stupidity. They can’t patent it. That’s been determined, but marijuana needs supplements for growth. People who use it can have some mild side effects which they could counteract to increase a sick or dying patient’s comfort levels. There are WAYS to capitalize on this and you’d have to be pretty stupid right now to look at the profits coming in from this business and not try to make bank on it. That’s business. Get with the program, or lose out.

  1. The DEA knows that Marijuana is safe. It’s just been their cash cow for decades now and they weren’t going to ever do anything to change that. That is until we pressure them. Let’s keep up the good work and keep pushing back on these blood suckers.

  2. This is wonderful news! It’s about time that the DEA is called out on its blatant lies about marijuana! Scientific research has repeatedly confirmed marijuana to be a relatively harmless substance with numerous beneficial medicinal applications. Hopefully within the next 5 to 10 years, it will be completely legal in all 50 states.

  3. Since President Trump took the oath of office, things like this have been happening all over the government. Someone, please keep him pointed in the right direction on Cannabis. He’s the kind of leader who would make the People have more control over plenty of things, so why not Cannabis? Trump owes nothing to Big Pharma.

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