The government’s case for marijuana prohibition is crumbling.
When she testified before congress last month, DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart was repeatedly questioned by Rep. Jared Polis as to whether marijuana was as harmful as other Schedule I drugs such as heroin.1Her only response was that “all illegal drugs are bad.”
However, science disagrees. A recent study sponsored by the State of California and published in the Open Neurology Journal called the federal classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug “not accurate” and “not tenable” and concluded that marijuana does indeed provide relief to patients who suffer chronic pain.2
Leonhart’s backward logic that marijuana is bad because it is illegal demonstrates how nonsensical our drug laws truly are. The federal government’s position directly contradicts the best science available on the subject. This is despite President Obama’s 2009 claim that “science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of my Administration.”
This latest study provides the President and the DEA yet another opportunity to honor this promise and make the rational, compassionate decision to reschedule marijuana in accordance with its medical benefits.
Thank your for your continued activism on this issue. We have the truth on our side, and no matter what we will continue to fight on behalf of patients whose lives have been changed and will be changed by medical marijuana.
Director of Online Activism,
1. Top DEA agent won’t admit heroin more harmful than marijuana, Eric W. Dolan, RawStory, 6/20/2012.
2. Medical Marijuana: Clearing Away the Smoke, Grant et. al., The Open Neurology Journal, 5/4/2012.