Dated May 20, 2015, a recently unearthed document authored by the Department of Health and Human Services exposes the warped rationale utilized when the FDA helped the Drug Enforcement Administration torpedo the rescheduling of marijuana.
Currently classified as a Schedule I narcotic within the Controlled Substance Act, marijuana has been wrongfully demonized by the FDA for decades. And everybody but our goose-stepping friends at this duplicitous federal agency seems to know it. While the DHHS (Dept. Of Health And Human Services) maintains patent #6630507 on cannabinoids as antioxidants and neurological protectants, the FDA continually misinforms any and all who will listen to their skewed propaganda — that marijuana has no medicinal value.
Calling B.S. on the FDA, the DEA, and prohibition, voters from coast-to-coast will vote their conscience on November 8th. By casting their ballot for legalization and ripping the reins of power from these misinformed
degenerates policymakers, America’s voters can potentially circumvent this plant-based bigotry and force our political representatives to use science rather than fear when drafting our federal drug laws.
According to Vice News:
“Some of the records were already publicly available, but taken as a whole, the documents reveal the reasoning that keeps weed in a more restrictive category than cocaine, OxyContin, and fentanyl, all of which are Schedule II.”
Welcome to the FDA’s logic, 2016 style:
Marijuana is addictive to monkeys. The FDA cited a study conducted in 2000 on squirrel monkeys that were trained to self-administer THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in weed. Researchers found that the monkeys liked to get high, and the FDA said such studies are “often useful in predicting rewarding effects in humans, and is indicative of abuse liability.”
While humans aren’t monkeys, there’s a good chance we evolved from a common ancestor a few million years ago. And, like any good primate trapped in a cage with nothing else to do, getting high could easily seem like a good alternative. Though the FDA called this activity addictive, most would categorize them as nothing more than a habitual pursuit caused by boredom and cruelty.
People prefer to smoke marijuana. Noting that many people prefer to smoke marijuana rather than take it in pill form, the FDA compared weed to cocaine, opium, heroin, and meth. “The intense psychoactive drug effect achieved rapidly by smoking is generally considered to produce the effect desired by the abuser,” the FDA wrote, adding, “this effect explains why abusers often prefer to administer certain drugs by inhalation… rather than orally.”
Damn our human predisposition to prefer holistic forms of medicine: While the federal government would prefer we become complacent in our willingness to choke down big pharmacy’s toxic concoctions, for everything from sleeping disorders to anxiety, millions of hard-working Americans would rather relax by smoking, dabbing, or eating their natural cannabinoids.
Getting high makes users feel funny. The FDA listed nine common effects of marijuana, including “increased merriment and appetite,” “heightened imagination,” “disorganized thinking,” “illusions, delusions, and hallucinations,” and “agitation, paranoia, confusion, drowsiness, and panic attacks, which are most common in experienced or high-dosed users.”
Yeah, I’m relatively confident that “increased merriment” and “heightened imagination” are pretty much the whole point of smoking weed. As to the purported agitation, paranoia, confusion, drowsiness, and panic attacks? Listen to any advertisement for over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, promising relief from a host of ailments, and you’ll hear their laundry list of unpleasant side effects.
Marijuana is popular. In a section about the “history and current pattern of abuse,” the FDA cites 2012 data that says 111.2 million Americans — more than 42 percent of the U.S. population — used marijuana at least once, and 7.6 million people use it on a “daily or almost daily basis.”
Yep. That sounds about right … so what’s your point, FDA? Did I miss the memo that equated a substances popularity with its medical efficacy? I don’t think so.
As the feds struggle to maintain the status quo, with solid citizens facing ridiculous prison sentences for self-medicating with marijuana, the unchecked might of the United States Federal Government runs rampant. Shadowing, detaining and incarcerating individuals for possessing a substance they maintain is addictive and has no medicinal worth, despite holding a patent on the plant’s cannabinoids for their therapeutic value.
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