The DEA Just Admitted Weed Has Never Killed Anyone and Causes ‘Happiness’

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The Drug Enforcement Agency just admitted that cannabis has never killed anyone. Ever. They also acknowledged that the little green plant, which has been used across civilizations for thousands of years, causes “merriment” and “happiness.” But they still want to keep it illegal.

The new 94-page report released this week is entitled “Drugs of Abuse” and is intended to foster a better understanding of the dangers of drug consumption. “Education plays a critical role in preventing substance abuse,” the document opens. “Drugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide, is designed to be a reliable resource on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States.”

While the report correctly includes seriously dangerous drugs like heroin, fentanyl, and pharmaceutical opioids, it also includes substances increasingly proven to be far less harmful than the government would like its citizens to believe — “drugs” that actually have medicinal properties. The report fails to acknowledge these benefits throughout its in-depth explanations.

Nevertheless, when it comes to cannabis, the DEA is surprisingly honest, at least in part. Describing the plant for what it is — a “dry, shredded green/brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves” — they note that “[n]o deaths from overdose of marijuana have been reported.

They even acknowledge that cannabis use can cause “[m]erriment, happiness, and even exhilaration at high doses,” as well as “[d]isinhibition, relaxation, increased sociability, and talkativeness.” The illegal, allegedly dangerous substance even causes — gasp — “[e]nhanced sensory perception, giving rise to increased appreciation of music, art, and touch.”

Of course, the report focuses far more on the “dangerous” effects of the plant, including bronchitis, emphysema, paranoia, anxiety, panic attacks, and a litany of other alleged dangers. Despite the fact that research has found marijuana use has few significant effects on lung health — far less than legal tobacco use — and the fact that mounting evidence shows varieties of cannabis like CBD (cannabidiol) can help treat anxiety and other mental health ailments, the DEA displays no such nuance in their explanations, instead appearing to base their assessment of safety on the legality of the drug.

For example, though they claim cannabis can cause nausea, they go on to explain in the very same section that “Marinol, a synthetic version of THC, the active ingredient found in the marijuana plant, can be prescribed for the control of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapeutic agents used in the treatment of cancer and to stimulate appetite in AIDS patients.

Wait, what?

Indeed, though cannabis is indisputably a form of medicine, whether for nausea, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, chronic pain, or countless other disorders, the DEA insists that because it is a Schedule I drug, it has no medicinal value.

The same pattern emerges with psychedelic drugs, which the federal government also claims have no medicinal value despite increasing evidence that MDMA can help treat PTSD (the FDA itself has authorized research into the drug’s potential for helping those who suffer with it) and that psychedelic mushrooms and LSD can help treat depression.

None of this is acknowledged in the report. Instead, myths that they are addictive and dangerous abound.

Further, conspicuously absent from “Drugs of Abuse” is one of the most dangerous, addictive, and harmful drugs in the history of mankind: alcohol. According to the government, itself, alcohol is responsible for 88,000 deaths per year in the United States, and 15.1 million Americans suffer from “Alcohol Use Disorder.” But the substance remains legal. Interestingly, the alcohol industry remains one of the largest anti-marijuana legalization lobbies.

The agency’s dogmatic adherence to arbitrary law is the reason why alcohol is excluded from this comprehensive attempt to educate Americans on the dangers of substance abuse. As the report explains in the introduction, “There are also a number of substances that are abused but not regulated under the CSA [Controlled Substance Act]. Alcohol and tobacco, for example, are specifically exempt from control by the CSA,” and are therefore not included in “Drugs of Abuse.”

Other hypocrisies abound. For example, the report lists benzodiazepines like Xanax as potentially addictive drugs, noting that those who use “benzodiazepines to treat anxiety are likely to be physically dependent on that medication.” But according to the CSA, on which they base their entire drug enforcement agenda, drugs like Xanax havelow potential for abuse and low risk of dependence.” This is patently false, as 13.5 million Americans are dependent on drugs like Xanax, overdoses are on the rise, and side effects of quitting the drug include heart palpitations, panic attacks, and seizures in extreme cases. Yet the DEA, which enforces the CSA, admits in its own report that Xanax causes physical dependency.

Ultimately, while the DEA admits cannabis has never caused deaths and can make for a good deal of “merriment” and “exhilaration,” the most telling aspect of the report is the futility of banning drugs in the first place. The exclusion of alcohol from this report — except the countless instances where it acknowledges that the drug can intensify other drug experiences — shows the federal government’s tirades against “drugs” have nothing to do with keeping people safe. Prohibition in the 1920s proved this, and the ongoing failure that is the “War on Drugs” continues to prove it today.

Even if abusing the dangers of cannabis, MDMA, and other drugs the DEA lists in its report are accurate, the fact remains that other legal drugs pose just as many, if not more dangers, and individuals should be free to take risks with their own health, just as they are with alcohol and tobacco.

Legal or not, people will find ways to use drugs, and while the authors of “Drugs of Abuse” likely have good intentions, their efforts are futile in their lack of honesty about many of the substances listed and their continued belief that more government and throwing non-violent people in cages will solve the deeply-rooted problem of addiction.

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  • jimmy joe

    So, the terrorists designed toilet paper with words on it, who gives a shit!!! Pun intended!!!

  • Cracker122049

    DEA pigs have for sure killed over pot, they are the real danger to the citizens!They strut around like peacocks dressed in their military gear drooling to go on a raid to fuck someone!

  • Uncle Hormone

    Being happy is ILLEGAL in the Police States of Amerika!!
    Here; take your Zoloft, and your Oxycotin!!!
    There now!!! Everything’s back to normal….

    • Elaine.Benes, II

      God forbid we ameriKans would be able to get high and simultaneously 1) have a little merriment, exhileration and fun; 2) not have to worry about destroying our lives or those of our families, AND 3) be absolutely exempt from OD-ing. No, that would be asking waaay too much.

  • Tabbytha

    How can they profit off a culture of fear (false flags etc) and division if people have access to a plant that causes the opposite AND how can they depopulate and profit through death/ disease when people have access to a medicine they can grow and process themselves? It’s a schedule I because it’s a threat to THEIR agendas, THEIR control over everyone.

  • CozmicSeer

    They are enemies of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They use violence and murder to accomplish their dictates and think themselves above the law. There is a special place in hell for the lot of them and if our elected officials really represented the majority, the DEA would have been removed from our government because of all of the crimes they have committed against the American people.

  • Jimmy Yost

    Jeff Sessions is from Alabama which is home to one of the biggest opioid manufacturing facilities in the US, plus, according to several sources on the internet he has ties to the prison industry (here’s a link to one such source:

    https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/trump-and-sessions-great-private-prison-industry-terrible-civil-rights

    Mussolini, when talking about fascism made this statement: “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.” He also made this statement: “The definition of fascism is the marriage of corporation and state.”

  • SP_88

    The FDA approves more dangerous drugs for legal consumption than are available on the streets illegally. If we want to get rid of dangerous drugs, perhaps anything the FDA has approved would be a good place to start looking.
    The DEA is just there to make sure there is a continued black market for illegal drugs being imported into the United States from South America and Afghanistan.
    If these drugs were legalized, the black market would collapse and their profits would vanish overnight. And marijuana especially would lose it’s value since just about anyone can grow it and create their own supply.

  • TrevorD

    “throwing non-violent people in cages”
    A true hypocrtical act to the very notion of a so called `Western Civilised Nation.`
    Freedom is only an illusion under a tyranny that dictates the boundries for its own protection, profits and despicable control.

  • Asylumsix

    Lmao at the Vaping concentrates thing… I tried one and it sucked… Gave more of a body buzz than a head buzz and overall was less effective than straight up smoking it…

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Indica vs Sativa.

      Sativa gives the “head high,” Indica the “body high.”

      Remember. . . “Indica,” in da couch. . .

      Vaping a 65% THC Sativa concentrate is interesting.

  • MrPuzzleBox

    Providing the ACTUAL REPORT says: “[m]erriment, happiness, and even exhilaration at high doses,” — the Feds now have a gigantic, fukk’n legal problem. Did you notice that word, “HAPPINESS”? “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. The phrase gives three examples of the “unalienable rights” which the Declaration says have been given to all human beings by their Creator, and which governments are created to protect.”. The declaration of Independence is Title (1) of the US Code. It’s the LAW and it specifically names the pursuit of HAPPINESS as an unalienable right.” Now let me show you Title 18 of the US Code – specifically section 242: “Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the DEPRIVATION OF ANY RIGHTS, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.” That’s right, 18USC242 makes it a felony punishable up to DEATH for any person who acts under the color of law — to deprive another person of a natural RIGHT. And what RIGHT are we discussing? THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. And what does that DEA report say that marijuana use results in? HAPPINESS! For DECADES, the feds have used marijuana as the so-called “justification” to confiscate/snuff life, liberty and property. And now marijuana becoming legal all over the place and this report constitutes all the testimony needed by itself to form the legal basis to enact that other provision of Title 1 of the US code: “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

  • It is not Paranoia

    Whether cannabis is harmful or not – there’s no debate. We all know it’s not.
    Whether it should be legal or not – there’s no debate. We all know it should be.

    The ONLY problem is how to expose this scam. The world needs cannabis.