Why Hasn’t Marijuana Been Legalized Yet?
Posted by Glenn Beierle on 11/05/2014 in Medical Marijuana
Updated on December 28, 2018. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
The current scheduling of cannabis states that it “holds no medical value” and has a “high potential for abuse” however not only are these statements inaccurate, it’s unscientific. However, despite the evidence, the testimonies by doctors and patients alike, the substance remains illegal.
The question on everyone’s mind is: “If we have proved that cannabis holds medical value, why isn’t it legal yet?”
It’s a good question because it reveals exactly what’s wrong with the US drug policy and how corporate interests trump the will of the people in the so-called “land of the free”.
For more than forty years, organizations such as NORML have been petitioning the DEA to reschedule the substance. The first strategy the DEA usually implements at these types of petitions is to ignore it. In some instances, over ten years go by before the petition is even considered. In all the instances, the DEA and the courts have denied the re-scheduling of the substance.
Their evidence is heavily bias based on studies funded by proponents of prohibition. They continue to claim that cannabis holds no medical value despite the fact that THC was rescheduled in Pill form in 1985. So how can “a part of cannabis” hold medical value but somehow in its natural form…it holds no medical value? The answer, blatant lying from the Federal government…that’s how!
The Catch 22
The FDA and the DEA have been in bed together for many years. Where it takes them months to pass drugs like OxyContin, the FDA relies on the DEA’s discretion to assist them on subjects like Cannabis.
In other words, the DEA uses the excuse that there is no “FDA approved marijuana preparations” to support their stance on Cannabis prohibition. On the other hand, the FDA claims that they cannot approve it since “marijuana” can’t be placed through clinical trials in terms of consistency, dosage and preparation practices. However, at the same time, due to the fact that Cannabis is classified as a Schedule I drug makes research and the fabrication of consistent doses and preparation practices nearly impossible.
To simplify this for you reading this it goes as follows:
The DEA won’t re-schedule cannabis because of lack of FDA approval and the FDA won’t approve cannabis because of DEA Scheduling.
Jumping the “Middle Men”
The American people are moving forward with cannabis legalization despite these agencies standing in the way of the movement. The best bet for America is to go straight to congress, which is currently happening with several bills. If passed, the powers that sustain prohibition can no longer stonewall research meaning that the FDA will shortly afterwards be flooded with a wide range of cannabis based medicine, therapies and applications.
The will of the people will be heard, we have remained relatively quiet for the past four decades…but silence is no longer an option. It’s time to stand together and DEMAND change today!
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