We should all be very concerned of this up coming ‘Perfect Storm’ of perverse power and greed…
Occasionally even the slightest change in verbiage can have weighty outcomes. So what when a tiny little word is changed? Particularly if its for the purpose of informing, but what about times where it’s sole purpose is to be misleading. As the federal government, which has fought tooth and nail to maintain the status quo regarding marijuana prohibition for the last 80 years – recently updated its main ‘go to’ argument on why pot is bad. Remember, not too long ago, the federal government’s mantra was “there is no such thing as ‘medicinal’ marijuana”. Well, out with the old – and in with the new. And in the new release of their argument (federal government why pot is bad 4.20) they claim that ….
“you don’t smoke medicine”
Is it possible that this is a sign that the federal government has finally come to it senses and is now willing to acknowledge, however reluctantly, that medicinal marijuana is not only safe and effective as medicine…but that it might yet hold unknown health benefits, waiting to be discovered once scientists are allowed to fully investigate all of the marijuana plants active compounds ? Or is this the same war but with a new twist, playing the overly elevated pot smokers for fools, setting them up for their “second phase” of the marijuana prohibition?
It’s a question that is been posed several times over the last couple months (at least by me), and particularly brought into focus when visiting the federal government’s antidrug website, filled with links and other biased statistics, now -looking rather sanitized… devoid of its long-held pronouncements against ‘medical marijuana’. In favor of that new mantra we spoke of earlier, one that seems to welcome another 75 years of marijuana prohibition, brought to us by our federal government’s new warm and fuzzy relationship with big pharmacy.
We should all be very concerned of this up coming ‘perfect storm’ of perverse power and greed, one in which the feds love of hypocrisy will allow for a patented – FDA approved cannabinoid augmented medicine available by prescription – while instantaneously beefing up enhanced criminal and civil consequences for pot smokers in general, unambiguously in its intent – seeking to crush millions of pot growers, weed dealers and medical marijuana patients who prefer to burn a joint or eat a brownie.
This not-so-subtle change in verbiage, now allows for the doors to swing wide open to the major pharmaceutical companies. No doubt they will now produce a wide spectrum of patented cannabinoid pharmaceuticals. While, amazingly, our federal government still labels the cultivators, sellers and consumers of medical marijuana as “criminals.”
Predicting this sad scenario is unfortunately easy when one takes notice of the only current political holdover from the Bush era serving in the Obama administration (not counting FBI Dir. Mueller) is Michael Leonhardt, the head of the DEA. Combine this dark and ominous fact with Leonhardt’s “friendly status” with the former Office of National Drug Control Policy Deputy administrator Dr. Andrea Barthwell, now one of the principal lobbyists for GW pharmaceuticals, and we can easily predict that plant-based marijuana medicine potentially has rough sailing ahead. GW is the pharmaceutical company producing the cannabinoid-based over-the-counter medicine – Sativex.
Throwing into the mix the federal government’s own patents on specific cannabinoids in the never-ending pursuit of proprietary dominance for these highly valuable cannabinoids, the future looks cloudy, and it’s not from marijuana smoke. These clouds will be from a prohibition storm of epic proportion, as a confluence of power, greed and the public’s good intentions leave marijuana consumers – the free market – and personal liberties at serious risk.