The bloated, police-state government agencies we have allowed to become our ‘keepers’ instead of protectors are trying to stop the rising tide of medical marijuana legalization throughout the country. Twenty states have already passed medical marijuana laws, but the DEA Administrator, Michele Leonhart, is publishing lies about marijuana and trying to block the study of medical marijuana benefits – as if most aren’t already well known.
The imbecilic notions and archaic stance against medical marijuana must be stopped. Some believe Leonhart should be fired from her position, because her propaganda is so virulent. A petition by Change.org states:
“. . .the DEA has obstructed attempts to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act — a classification reserved for the most dangerous drugs — and at a 2012 House committee hearing, she refused to answer a congressman’s simple question about whether heroin and crack cocaine pose more harm to the consumer than marijuana.”
The fact is that the DEA is an old government dinosaur used to wage war against the people of America – not drugs. The ‘war on drugs’ campaign should have been over a long time ago. In Portugal all drugs were de-criminalized and the country saw drug use decrease drastically. Furthermore, the DEA is ignoring decades of scientific research proving that medical marijuana is not detrimental to human health, but actually saves lives.
It can treat cancer, stop tumor growth, improve rheumatoid arthritis, alleviate depression, and help people get off dozens of more dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. In some instances, people have been able to replace 40 toxic medications with cannabis juice alone. The DEA will do anything to keep the war on drugs raging, even though it is really an attempt to keep pharmaceutical companies – the real drug pushers – in play.
Additionally, many police departments don’t want marijuana to be legalized for fear of losing money – that’s right, the heavy fines you pay to be able to use a natural substance that treats numerous diseases. For example, the Minnesota Law Enforcement Coalition’s opposition to marijuana legalization is just one case of the drug war run amok.
State Rep. Carly Melon who has tried to get medical marijuana passed in her state comes against some staunch resistance:
“It’s like negotiating with a brick wall. All along I have said that I am willing to amend the bill. But they won’t move at all.”
The DEA and federal police are some of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of a federal delisting of medical marijuana and the ability of all Americans to choose for themselves if they want to utilize cannabis’ amazing healing properties. As it stands now, scientists cannot even legally study these benefits. This has to change.
Please act, and tell the DEA, and other government agencies that you demand the legalization of marijuana and the ability for unbiased scientific information about medical marijuana to be published for the general public. You can sign this petition, or contact your representatives yourself. It is time for some serious research and reform.
Tell DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart to put science before politics and let medical marijuana research move forward without delay.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.