25 Lies About Cannabis on the DEA Website — Refuted by the DEA Itself in 2016

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by Justin Gardner

With eight states legalizing recreational cannabis and 26 other states legalizing medical cannabis use, federal government is the biggest obstacle to freedom – despite more and more U.S. lawmakers pushing for medical access and even complete decriminalization.

By far the biggest obstruction to a fact-based approach to cannabis is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which maintains cannabis as a Schedule 1 narcotic. This most restrictive category, which includes heroin and methamphetamine, is described as having “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

By now most everyone knows this classification is patently absurd for cannabis, as studies are piling up showing the medical benefits of cannabis, in addition to real-world evidence in medical use states. If that weren’t enough, the National Academies of Science just published a monumental study with nearly 100 conclusions, including the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.

The DEA had a chance to correct its ignorance in 2016 by rescheduling cannabis on the advice of the FDA, but somehow kept a straight face when it announced in August it would keep the plant under Schedule 1. One explanation for this defiance of reality is the DEA’s allegiance to Big Pharma, which has admitted cannabis poses a threat to its profits.

Some aren’t taking the DEA’s disinformation lying down.

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) found 25 falsehoods about cannabis still being peddled by the DEA on its website, and has filed a petition to force their removal. ASA points out that DEA is violating federal law called the Information Quality Act which requires agencies to ensure the “quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information” when developing guidelines.

One reason we know their information is false is because the DEA contradicted those very falsehoods – with references to studies – when it refused to reschedule cannabis in 2016. Even though DEA accepted these studies, it somehow concluded ‘more research is needed’ to show cannabis has medical value.

According to the petition:

“DEA continues to disseminate certain statements about the health risks of medical cannabis use that have been incontrovertibly refuted by the DEA itself in its recent “Denial of Petition to Initiate Proceedings to Reschedule Marijuana”, issued August 12, 2016. In fact, the DEA’s recent statements confirm scientific facts about medical cannabis that have long been accepted by a majority of the scientific community.”

ASA groups the false claims into four categories: 1) “cannabis’ alleged capacity to induce psychosis, 2) “cannabis’ alleged capacity to induce lung cancer and cause damage comparable to that caused by tobacco use, 3) the “gateway theory” to use of other drugs, 4) “alleged permanency of cannabis-associated cognitive deficits.”

For each category, ASA lists the specific statements and then provides contradicting statements from the DEA itself, referencing scientific studies that refute the false statements still on their website.

“The overwhelming majority of the objective scientific studies – including studies cited by the DEA in the DPR – disprove the inaccurate DEA statements described in Section II (a)-(d). Because the DEA itself made statements in the DPR that directly contradict information in “The Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana Abuse” and “Drugs of Abuse,” it is undeniable that the DEA information at issue lacks utility and objectivity.”

Given DEA’s demented stance that can only be described as a throwback to Reefer Madness, we are unlikely to see any progress made in this tyrannical agency that thrives on the criminalization of the miraculous cannabis plant. We can only hope that Congress continues to gather more supporters for the cause of freedom and medical access.

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  • David

    Alcohol also does not have any acceptable medical value and is highly addictive but you don’t see alcohol on schedule 1 list next to heroin because maybe too many congressmen will lose $$$$ from the alcohol industrial lobbyists?

    • Herman Nelson

      If alcohol was schedule 1, then every politician would be in jail and going through drug rehab, after the DEA and the feds shook them down for every dime they ever owned.

  • SP_88

    There’s a lot of money to be made in the cannabis industry. Hopefully they will use some of the money to pay lobbyists to bend the ear of some of these politicians who are currently obstructing the progress of the marijuana industry and the repeal of these absurd marijuana laws.
    It’s is unfortunate however that this has to get done because of the money and not just because it’s the right thing to do. But that’s the way our government works. They only ever do the right thing because there is money involved.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    Imagine that-a government agency making contradictory claims and policies. Anytime the forces of greed and power merge, you end up with what the US has in it’s absurd “war on drugs”. Add to that the myriad other alphabet soup agencies that have set up shop in what is the most lucrative cottage industry in the world, and our overlords can certainly afford the risk of having contradictions. The US government has become the silent partner in the distribution of the very drugs they in turn arrest and incarcerate American citizens for using. If that isn’t demented, I don’t know what is.

  • TrevorD

    “DEA’s allegiance to Big Pharma, which has admitted cannabis poses a threat to its profits”
    The whole world knows this yet they remain laughing together in their little cosy corrupt bed.
    How sweet….

  • extreme truther

    The deep state is in the illegal drug running business; they always have been. This is where lots of the money for black projects comes from. They are not happy to see one of their revenue streams slipping away. Having drugs be schedule 1 assures that prices stay high. Don’t forget also that prisons are big business as well. Several defense contractors are also in this racket. As usual all you have to do is follow the money trail down whatever rat hole it leads to.