70,000 People Demand That The DEA Stop Lying About Medical Marijuana

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In a new petition from Americans for Safe Access and Change.org, over 70,000 people and counting, are calling on the Drug Enforcement Administration to stop disseminating false information about medical cannabis immediately and ensure that any future information about medical cannabis treatment reflects medically-accurate and up-to-date facts.

The petition, which calls on President Obama to take immediate action, comes as the US Senate begins confirmation hearings for Senator Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) appointment to Attorney General. Senator Sessions has actively opposed the use of medical and recreational cannabis saying, “good people don’t smoke marijuana” and argued that cannabis is a gateway drug that leads to cocaine and heroin use, something that has been resoundingly disproved by scientific evidence.

View the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/president-obama-make-the-dea-tell-the-truth-about-marijuana

Last month, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis for therapeutic use and research, filed a legal request with the Department of Justice demanding that the DEA immediately update misinformation about cannabis. The request asks specifically for the clearing of misconceptions that cannabis is a gateway drug and causes irreversible cognitive decline in adults, psychosis, and lung cancer. The filing references the Information Quality Act (IQA, aka Data Quality Act), which requires administrative agencies to devise guidelines that ensure the “quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information” they distribute and to “[e]stablish administrative mechanisms allowing affected persons to seek and obtain correction of information maintained and disseminated by the agency that does not comply with the guidelines.”

If granted, the filing could bring major changes to the way medical cannabis laws and regulations are treated by public officials. For decades, politicians have stated that now-disproven harmful effects were reasons to either prohibit or impose burdens on patients seeking safe and legal access to medical cannabis. While the DEA admitted in August that the gateway theory and other harmful claims are not supported by science, they have yet to remove all references of the disproven information, thereby continuing to spread inaccurate information.

“The DEA has actually admitted that cannabis is not a gateway drug and does not cause long-term brain damage, psychosis, and other alleged harms, yet they keep distributing this false information anyway, despite the reality these claims are not based on scientific fact,” said Beth Collins, Senior Director of Government Relations and External Affairs for Americans for Safe Access. “It’s illegal for the government to disseminate inaccurate information and the DEA must be held accountable. This misinformation hurts the millions of medical cannabis patients in the 29 states where cannabis treatment is legal, as well as patients in other states who are working to pass laws, for whom safe and reliable access to marijuana is a matter of necessity.”

8 Comments
  1. Jorge Cervantes says

    Outstanding! We pay the DEA with our taxes and we have every right to demand that they tell the truth. But since they declared war on drugs we know from experience that the first casualty of war is truth. Now that the war is the ending those big fat liars can start telling the truth.

    1. Gary Craig says

      They, the DEA, drug warriors, Project SAM, are going to drag this out as long as they can and won’t go down without a knockdown, drag out fight, kicking and screaming (lying) about the “evils” of “the Devils Weed.”

      1. saynotohypocrisy says

        It’s getting harder and harder to pretend cannabis isn’t a vital, effective, non-toxic, cheap medicine and a lifesaving alternative to prescription opiates, alcohol and tobacco. Which means the drug warriors have been lying and taking life saving, affordable medicine out of our months for generations. I’m counting on the public opinion backlash against them for this to only get stronger as more and more people realize the needless suffering their loved ones endured because of these pathetic excuses for human beings.
        . At some point the AMA and federal health agencies will cave, if only to preserve their credibility about more important matters.

  2. saynotohypocrisy says

    The DEA could care less. It wouldn’t matter to them if it was 70 million. They consider most Americans their political enemies for supporting cannabis legalization. The ONLY thing that matters to them is how much latitude the President select and Congress give them to attack their fellow citizens.

  3. What!?!?? says

    The D E A is Big Prohibition’s muscle.

    They have no scientific grounds for their classification of cannabis, and our political “leaders” need to call them out on it.

    Who is going to have the balls to do it??

    Legalize. Tax. Regulate. Educate. Reduce harm.

  4. Lawrence Goodwin says

    You’re a national hero, Johnny Green, for your relentless and noble efforts to inform the public. The Drug Enforcement Administration appears to be participating in one of the biggest frauds ever imposed upon Americans—a fraud that actually turns 80 this year (1937-2017). Let us never forget that extracts of seedless, female cannabis flowers were commonly prescribed as medicine by America’s doctors for almost 100 years before the federal “marihuana” tyranny had been unleashed.
    The kind fellow informers at illegallyhealed dot com, right before Election Day 2016, published a fascinating article titled, “Federal Government Exposed: Marijuana Banking Conspiracy Revealed.” It’s a must-read for anyone interested in the secret profit-motives of the federal patent regime. By now, most people have heard of Patent #6,630,507, “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants.” Well, illegallyhealed found that federal Schedule I law has barely changed in its 46 years of existence because of the government’s huge investment stakes, in collusion with private banks and pharmaceutical companies, related to nearly 400 similar patents. Much of the scientific research behind those 400 patents was funded by federal grant money (read: taxpayers) in brazen violation of Schedule I law, yet together all of it proves beyond any doubt that “marihuana” is medicine.

    1. myconaut says

      It could reasonably be claimed that the actions of prohibitionists over the past 8 decades rise to the level of treason.

      1. Miles Monroe says

        Given all the lives needlessly lost, the suffering unrelieved-how many millions from lack of medical access alone, not even counting those victimized by unjust criminality?-for nothing but more wealth and power to an amoral corporatocracy, no less than a bona fide crime against humanity.

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