Ah that pesky Tom Angell. He’s always lurking in the digital shadows, waiting to pounce on people that are spewing reefer madness. I of course have always admired Tom’s work because he is an absolute beast when it comes to reform. The latest example of that is his calling out Chelsea Clinton over comments that she made while making a campaign appearance on behalf of her mother’s campaign in Ohio. The specific statement that Chelsea made is below, via Tom’s original article on Marijuana.Com:
“Anecdotally we have lots of evidence in…epilepsy but also in autism, in stimulating appetite for people who are on intensive chemotherapy regimens, for people who have non-epilepsy seizure disorders and challenges,” Chelsea Clinton said on Saturday.
“But we also have anecdotal evidence now from Colorado where some of the people who were taking marijuana for those purposes, the coroner believes, after they died, there was drug interactions with other things they were taking.”
Um, no Chelsea, no one has ever died in Colorado from marijuana interacting with ‘other things they were taking.’ In fact, there is no evidence of such a thing occurring anywhere on the planet, ever, in the entire existence of humanity. That comment was straight reefer madness. In the past, such a comment would likely have gone unchecked, and many people would have believed it to be true. Fortunately we live in an era where hardworking activists like Tom are out there and have access to website platforms and social media channels from which to spread the truth.
It took a couple of days, but Chelsea Clinton and the Hillary Clinton campaign felt the heat, and issued a statement to Think Progress retracting the false claim Chelsea made about marijuana killing people, stating that Chelsea ‘mispoke’ on the issue. Below are excerpts from an article Think Progress posted covering the backtracking:
“While discussing her and her mother’s support for rescheduling marijuana to allow for further study of both its medical benefits and possible interactions with other medications, Chelsea misspoke about marijuana’s interaction with other drugs contributing to specific deaths,” the spokeswoman said.
“Hillary Clinton has said we should allow states that have reformed their marijuana laws to act as laboratories for our democracy and we should reschedule marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II substance,” she said. “Chelsea agrees and has long recognized and spoken about the need to study marijuana and get the conversation out of politics and into medicine and science where it belongs.”
Hillary Clinton and her camp have tried very hard to do the two-step on marijuana policy. On one hand, Hillary’s campaign wants Hillary to be seen as a believer in marijuana reform, something that I’m sure she saw Bernie Sanders get traction with. But on the other hand she doesn’t want to go full-marijuana-reform-supporter for reasons that don’t quite make sense to me. A clear majority of Americans support marijuana reform, above and beyond moving it to Schedule II on the federal controlled substances list. Hillary Clinton has an ongoing image problem, and while supporting descheduling of marijuana would completely solve that problem, it would do a lot to help!
image via UPI.com