The Federal Government classifies Schedule 1 Drug as follows:
- The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
- The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
- There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
Cannabis currently remains a Schedule 1 Drug–even though it’s proved to save lives and possesses immense medical value. For perspective, other Schedule 1 drugs include LSD, Ecstasy, Methamphetamine, and, yep , HEROIN.
Fortunately, this absurdity is not lost on the people who actually influence the country’s drug policy–the government itself. In the wake of Obama’s pro-pot comments, 18 Congressman have written him a diplomatic, logical letter, kindly asking that President Obama declassifies the marijuana plant.
“Dear Mr. President,We were encouraged by your recent comments in your interview with David Remnick in the January 27, 2014 issue of the New Yorker [note: Obama deemed marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol], about the shifting public opinion on the legalization of marijuana. We request that you take action to help alleviate the harms of society caused by the federal Schedule 1 classification of marijuana. [Read the entire document here: Blumenhauer.house.gov]
It’s well thought out, well-written, and simply makes logical (if repetitive) statements that contradict marijuana’s current classification: that it’s medical, a waste of government resources, and, above all else, immoral. All told, 18 Congressman, led by major pot proponent Earl Blumenauer, signed on the letter, showing their support.
The letter also comes on the heels of a popular Change.org Petition by the Marijuana Policy Project, which has received nearly 100,000 signatures urging Obama to declassify cannabis. You’d think that would garner at least a response, if not a decisive action, from our President.
Hopefully, the voice of the people combined with the voice of Congress actually has an effect. As we often note, it’s a matter of when, not if, the country decriminalizes or legalized cannabis at the federal level.
If Obama’s smart, he’d make the move to legalize himself, and save (or cement) his legacy by doing so.