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Obama Still Not So 420 Friendly

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...ana-explained/

For the fourth consecutive time, the Drug Enforcement Administration has denied a petition to lessen federal restrictions on the use of marijuana.

While recreational marijuana use is legal in four states and D.C., and medical applications of the drug have been approved in many more, under federal law, it remains a Schedule 1 controlled substance, which means it's considered to have "no currently accepted medical use" and a "high potential for abuse."

The gap between permissive state laws and a restrictive federal policy has become increasingly untenable in the minds of many doctors, patients, researchers, business owners and legislators.

For instance, last fall, a Brookings Institution report slammed the federal government for "stifling medical research" in the area of marijuana policy. As a Schedule 1 drug, it's much harder for researchers to work with marijuana than with many other controlled substances. The American Academy of Pediatrics has called on the government to move marijuana into Schedule 2 to facilitate more research into medical uses.

The current federal status of marijuana makes it impossible for state-legal marijuana businesses to take the same tax deductions afforded to other business, with some marijuana operations complaining that their effective tax rates are in the range of 60 percent to 90 percent, according to a Denver accountant who works with such businesses, Jordan Cornelius. Federal restrictions also make banks reluctant to work with marijuana businesses, leading many of them to become all-cash operations — with all the risks that entails.

[U.S. will affirm its prohibition on medical marijuana]

Just this week, the National Conference of State Legislatures, a group representing state lawmakers, called on the federal government to move marijuana from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2. The group criticized federal law for imposing "substantial administrative and operational burdens, compliance risk and regulatory risk that serve as a barrier to banks and credit unions providing banking services to businesses and individuals involved in the cannabis industry."

Despite these concerns, the DEA today denied the petition, initiated by then-governors Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island and Christine Gregoire of Washington state in 2011, to loosen restrictions on the drug. In a letter to the petitioners, acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg explained the agency's ruling and offered a full-throated defense of federal marijuana policy.

"The FDA drug approval process for evaluating potential medicines has worked effectively in this country for more than 50 years," he wrote. "It is a thorough, deliberate and exacting process grounded in science, and properly so, because the safety of our citizens relies on it."

Rosenberg went on to point out that according to the Food and Drug Administration, marijuana "does not have a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States."

From a strictly legal standpoint, this is correct. The FDA has never approved whole-plant marijuana as a drug. It's also unlikely to do so, since most drugs the FDA approves of are individual chemical compounds, not plants.

Penicillin is an FDA-approved drug, for instance. The mold it's derived from is not.

"If the scientific understanding about marijuana changes — and it could change — then the decision could change," Rosenberg wrote. "But we will remain tethered to science, as we must, and as the statute demands."

[What Congress is saying about the DEA’s refusal to change course on pot]

Rosenberg also pointed out that marijuana's schedule status isn't a function of the relative "danger" posed by the drug. He explicitly wrote that marijuana is "less dangerous than some substances in other schedules" -- a departure from the official line held as recently as last year.

"That strikes some people as odd, but the criteria for inclusion in Schedule 1 is not relative danger," he wrote. Rather, it lies primarily with the medical designations discussed above.

As the nation's top drug cop, Rosenberg's close, by-the-letter reading of the law makes sense. But it overlooks a wide range of research showing that marijuana, in whole plant form, can be effective at treating a wide array of ailments — chronic pain chief among them. This research is a major reason many states have gone ahead with their own medical marijuana policies in defiance of the federal government.

Doctors generally say that they support giving marijuana to patients if it provides them relief from serious conditions. Many state legislatures — not wanting to stand between doctors and their patients — have enacted state legal frameworks allowing them to do so.

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Despite this, the DEA says it cannot change the legal status of marijuana unless the FDA determines it has a medical use. The FDA cannot determine it has a medical use in part because of the highly restrictive legal status of the drug. It's a classic bureaucratic Catch-22.

The only body that can truly resolve this conflict, now, is Congress — by amending the Controlled Substances Act to treat marijuana differently. Most federal lawmakers seem to agree that this needs to happen, but there's disagreement on how to do it.

More conservative approaches — championed even by some of Congress's most strident opponents of marijuana legalization, like Maryland's Rep. Andy Harris (R) -- would create a special carve-out for marijuana within Schedule 1. This would include a number of provisions making it easier for researchers to work with the drug.

Another bill in the Senate would explicitly move marijuana to Schedule 2. Still other lawmakers — Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) most prominent among them — are calling for marijuana to be removed from the Controlled Substances Act completely.

All of this is happening as a number of states — including California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Arizona — will vote on whether to legalize recreational marijuana this fall. If they do so, the gap between state and federal marijuana policy will grow even larger, creating even more confusion and headaches for the doctors, patients, researchers and businesses trying to thread the needle between the two.

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It's all about $$ and that patent. Absolute absurdity.


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Yea a friend of mine who was a big Obama supporter, I never was, said that he could tell before the first election when Obama started being bought and paid for by special interests. It happens to everyone. Obama simply lied a lot more than normal so it's all the more glaring 8 years later.

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Probably all that money he accepted from pharmaceutical and insurance companies. The same reason he fucked up Obama care so badly.

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It'll never make sense. Cigarettes and alcohol are way worse yet they're completely legal.

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Probably all that money he accepted from pharmaceutical and insurance companies. The same reason he fucked up Obama care so badly.
I don't believe any president can give the finger to Big Pharma and get away with it.

There's too much power(money) involved. It's more power than the P.O.T.U.S. wields.

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The powers that be stand to lose too much if pot becomes decriminalised/ legalised .

Medicinal use for chronic pain is the best example, presently, patients (including myself and many members of my family ) are given scripts for a cocktail of hard-core opiates to control pain, many of which are not very effective, are very addictive, and screw with your head big time.

Also to produce raw opium is very labour intensive, without poverty stricken Afghani farmers, producing raw opium wouldn't be commercially viable. So hello to US & British armies in Afghanistan, terrorism is such a perfect excuse to protect a many $Billion per year industry.

Medicinal pot on the other hand is very effective for treating chronic pain, particularly in edible form, with little to no adverse side effects.

The FDA is never likely to reform a drug that you can easily grow in your own back yard, and cost big pharma billions in profits.

In New Zealand it costs the taxpayer $400 million annually (~$100 per head of population) to police cannabis prohibition. They say it protects the community from "harm", really just protects the drug companies' interests that are deeply ingrained into our trade agreements. If the TPP goes ahead, we will be sued by drug companies for billions if we remove cannabis from the controld substances act.

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Legalize it, baby

That's what I'm talking about

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they can't afford to half half of americas prison population released as their sentences were overturned either.....prison is also big business....

i beleive it will happen and it'll be a good thing when it does.....the rest of the world is watching closely.....

fingers are crossed Donald Trump (when he becomes president) doesn't take some vicious anti-marijuana stance...

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they can't afford to half half of americas prison population released as their sentences were overturned either.....prison is also big business....

i beleive it will happen and it'll be a good thing when it does.....the rest of the world is watching closely.....

fingers are crossed Donald Trump (when he becomes president) doesn't take some vicious anti-marijuana stance...
He's never going to be elected, but if he is, I highly doubt he will be supportive of Cannabis law reform.

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