Breaking: DEA Rejects Calls to Loosen Restrictions on Marijuana – Again

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In a move that will shock absolutely no one who knows how much the federal government profits from cannabis confiscation, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will announce today (for the fourth time) that the agency will NOT call for reclassifying the plant.

In other words, the DEA has decided that cannabis will remain a Schedule 1 drug, meaning that for the purposes of federal law, the drug has “no medical use and a high potential for abuse” and is one of “the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.”

The plant shares Schedule 1 status with heroin, LSD, and methaqualone (Quaalude) and it is more strictly regulated than the powerful prescription painkillers that have killed more than 165,000 people since 1999.

To put the absurdity of marijuana being classified as Schedule I in perspective, take a look at the list of drugs that are under the less-restrictive Schedule II: oxycodone, methamphetamine, methadone, fentanyl, Adderall, Ritalin, Dexedrine, and…cocaine. The following drugs are listed under Schedule III: Tylenol with codeine, ketamine, and anabolic steroids.

A total of 17,465 people died from overdosing on illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine in 2014, while 25,760 people died from overdosing on prescription drugs, including painkillers and tranquilizers like Valium, according to CDC figures.

To date, NO ONE has ever died of a cannabis overdose.

The DEA’s announcement says:

DEA has denied two petitions to reschedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). In response to the petitions, DEA requested a scientific and medical evaluation and scheduling recommendation from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which was conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in consultation with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Based on the legal standards in the CSA, marijuana remains a schedule I controlled substance because it does not meet the criteria for currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, there is a lack of accepted safety for its use under medical supervision, and it has a high potential for abuse.

Ridiculous. Just ridiculous.

But this part really made my blood boil:

The DEA and the FDA continue to believe that scientifically valid and well-controlled clinical trials conducted under investigational new drug (IND) applications are the most appropriate way to conduct research on the medicinal uses of marijuana. Furthermore, DEA and FDA believe that the drug approval process is the most appropriate way to assess whether a product derived from marijuana or its constituents is safe and effective and has an accepted medical use. This pathway allows the FDA the important ability to determine whether a product meets the FDA criteria for safety and effectiveness for approval.

This ruling means research will continue to be challenging.

The DEA says it will enable more research through other means – specifically, by allowing more growing facilities for studies. Until now, the University of Mississippi had monopoly status as the only federally legal pot grower.

Paul Armentano of NORML, a group advocating legalization, told NBC the DEA’s action reaffirms its “flat earth” approach to regulation.

Ultimately, the federal government ought to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act altogether in a manner similar to alcohol and tobacco, thus providing states the power to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal intrusion.

Raise your hand if you see what’s really going on here.

The article Prohibition, Politics, and Profit: The Truth About Cannabis and Why Government Wants to Control It provides a detailed history of cannabis and the truth about why it is still illegal at the federal level (and will likely remain so).

An excerpt:

The DEA runs a cannabis eradication program that provides funding to 128 state and local law enforcement agencies. Its purpose is to aggressively search for, seize, and destroy illegal marijuana grows across the US. In 2015, federal spending on the program was $18 million, consistent with levels seen in previous years. That works out to a cost-per-plant of $4.42. Last year, local, state, and federal authorities uprooted roughly 4.1 million cultivated marijuana plants in all 50 states.

Who pays for this? Americans do. Much of the money the DEA uses to run their operation comes from the Justice Department’s asset forfeiture program, which is controversial itself: under this program, police can seize your property without charging you with a crime. In 2014, the government seized $4.5 billion from citizens – that’s more than the total value of assets that were stolen by criminals the same year. In other words, more assets were taken by law enforcement than by thieves.

In 2014, via the DEA’s program, 4,300,833 plants were seized, 6,310 arrests were made, and the value of assets seized from “cultivators” totaled $27,342,950.59.

As you can see, the federal government has a lot to lose if cannabis is fully legalized.

If you think the states that have legalized use of the plant are exempt from federal interference, you’d be mistaken:

States that have legalized marijuana for recreational use were not immune from eradication programs. Last year, they continued in Washington and Oregon. Full state breakdowns have not been provided, but a DEA spokesman said that just under 36,000 marijuana plants were destroyed in Washington last year at a cost to federal taxpayers of about $950,000, or roughly $26 per plant.

Legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis would result in a tremendous financial loss for the DEA.

But the agency isn’t the only one who is at risk of substantial financial losses if use of the plant is legalized.

For-profit prisons and the pharmaceutical industry also do not want to see cannabis legalized because it would result in substantial financial losses for both industries.

Once again, government stands in the way of progress, research, and freedom.

Additional Reading

Prohibition, Politics, and Profit: The Truth About Cannabis and Why Government Wants to Control It

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  • Mike

    It is all because big pharma would lose out because weed can be used in so many medical ways and you can grow it yourself. It helps pain, ptsd, anxiety, depression, and the like. All of which make millions for big pharma.

    • It also helped the guy down the hall from me with his skin cancer. All he does it put a small drop of cannabis oil on a cancer spot, cover it with a bandaid and wait a few days, then there’s no more cancer spot. He does this over and over again and has been doing this for over a year now.

      • Adol Hintner

        Thanks, you’re awesome, man.

      • Mike

        yes, and if used properly there are many things as you said that it can treat. It would take such a huge bite out of big pharma’s cash flow, so they keep it illegal. If I knew enough of how to process the stuff for all the different things it can be used for I would probably have a hidden grow to work it out of.

    • Eevie

      They have known the curative properties of marijuana all along. This is why it’s illegal. It puts an end to their cancer money/death machine and many other diseases as well. They would rather rake in money from the suffering and dying than heal them.

      • Mike

        bingo.

    • DrMichelleLV

      Not ONLY medical ways… if the hemp plant was fully utilized, it would decimate 6 other industries, such as construction, cars, paper products, textiles, and more.

      • Mike

        dont know how it would decimate the auto industry or the construction industry, but paper and textiles would take a big hit.

        • He’s probably referring to Ford’s hemp car,lightweight body that you can take a sledgehammer to.

          • Mike

            yea, that would put a dent in the steel and aluminum industry for sure.

  • Stop asking for permission to heal yourself: medicineman.is

  • Jeffersonian

    As always, FOLLOW THE MONEY! Big Pharma has too much to lose! The Fed’s have too much to lose, and benefit millions and millions of $$ by doing pot raids in Canibas Stores, Homes, and Property that allow them to confiscate cash, cars, equipment, and the fines that follow! The majority of their drug raids are pot seizures, and the overwhelming majority of their arrests are possession only! The amount spent ANNUALLY on drug crimes is $51,000,000,000~
    As Always, the Government is NOT of the people, by the people, and for the people! It’s time to take our country back, and that means throwing out everyone with a “D” and “R” behind their name!

    • ExecutorOffice

      there is no government, it was replaced with a satanic corporation called USA INC, created by attorneys who aren’t even permitted to be in office or as citizens of the uSA. Websearch: Act of 1871 and Original 13th amendment for verification. New Hampshire Legislature officially recognized the 13th a couple of years ago

  • Jon … a Baptist

    Absurd beyond description. Meanwhile seizure patients have benefited from its extracts and cancer has been reversed. The DEA is an abomination being paid off to demonize what was a common component of medicines 80 years ago.

  • Eevie

    No DEA you are the potential for abuse. Your statements are as outdated as the horse and buggy. Illegal plants make no sense. Release marijuana from your agenda. You have already lost anyway and the way things are going don’t you think we the people would be good to have on your side? Hello?

  • landy fincannon

    Long before there was a war on pot , there was a war on industrial hemp. Now that the emphasis is more on ” malum prohibitum” / wrong because prohibited laws. Instead of ” malum in se “/ wrong in of its self. There are to many ways to benefit , in this incarceration nation

  • I_P_Frehley

    I am surprised that the DEA didn’t use this, supposed Anslinger gem – ” Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and
    entertainers. Their satanic music is driven by marijuana, and marijuana
    smoking by white women makes them want to seek sexual relations with
    Negroes, entertainers, and others. It is a drug that causes insanity,
    criminality, and death — the most violence-causing drug in the history
    of mankind.”

    • Eevie

      lol accusing them of racism just might be the path to legalizing it.

      • DrMichelleLV

        Great idea Eevie!

        • Eevie

          lol They have their vulnerabilities too. It’s up to us to isolate and act on them.

    • OldeSoul

      Hahaha… no wonder I’ve always had a thing for jazz musicians.

  • anonymous4u4me

    Anyone that believes the DEA has mush for brains, and your parents should have eaten you at birth in order to cull the ill like animals do.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Why must we abide by others’ decisions? Let others abide by yours. To each his own, leaving others alone.

  • John Van Huysen

    First of all, these dinks are neither doctors nor scientists!! What in the hell are these dinks making such a call for us AMERICANS?? You know, they are above the law as well, as many of the dinks themselves have turned in dirty ua’s, some had close affiliations to known motorcycle gangs/terrorists and do not forget, the “incident” in Columbia, with the terrorist/cartel sponsored coke and whore week, yet, they all have their jobs and will most likely retire on AMERICANS tax dollar, OURS!! I HATE THE US GOVT!!

  • ExecutorOffice

    Prohibition didn’t work with hooch, and it’s been a murderous history with drugs – especially the maniacs who are “protecting” society from the eeeevil drug lords. Just imagine: No prohibitions, no war on drugs , murders cease, no competition. Doctor Ron Paul is right – more people die of legal drugs than illegal ones .

    Attorneys and ” law ” enforcers for the IMF won’t be making the huge profits they are now. Lava awaits those malefactors

  • It is not Paranoia

    This is so painfully obviously wrong.

    We need to take our world back!

  • MA Deuce
  • DrMichelleLV

    Another reason to STOP being a US CITIZEN. Their laws and codes do not apply to living beings to notify them of such.