Medical Marijuana A ‘Joke’, Mocks DEA Chief
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 11/18/2015 in Medical Marijuana News
Acting Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg, recently landed himself in hot water over his remarks on medical marijuana – remarks that sparked a petition which already has more than 28,000 signatures, calling for President Obama to fire the acting DEA chief. Rosenberg’s controversial comments claimed that smoking marijuana does not help some medical conditions.
“What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal – because it’s not. We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don’t call it medicine — that is a joke,” said Rosenberg in a recent interview with reporters. He went on further saying, “There are pieces of marijuana – extracts or constituents or component parts – that have great promise. But if you talk about smoking the leaf of marijuana, which is what people are talking about when they talk about medicinal marijuana, it has never been shown to be safe or effective as medicine.”
In response to the outlandish remarks, pro-legalization group Marijuana Majority called Rosenberg’s comments “highly offensive”, and launched a petition on Change.org stating that, “President Obama should fire Chuck Rosenberg and appoint a new DEA administrator who will respect science, medicine, patients and voters” – a petition that includes the support and signature of Melissa Etheridge, famous musician and breast cancer survivor.
The chairman of Marijuana Majority, Tom Angell responded saying, “My mom uses medical marijuana to find some relief when the pain in her legs caused by multiple sclerosis becomes too much to bear. So this medicine is no joke to my family, or to the millions of other families who have seen the benefits of doctor-recommended cannabis for themselves. And numerous scientific studies back up these experiences with data. It’s unacceptable for the Obama administration’s top drug official to be so ignorant of what science says about drugs.”
Rosenberg defended his remarks by issuing the following statement:
“To clarify, Acting Administrator Rosenberg indicated that marijuana should be subject to the same levels of approval and scrutiny as any other substance intended for use as a medicine. DEA supports efforts to research potential medical uses of marijuana. To this end, DEA has never denied a registration request from anyone conducting marijuana research using FDA approved protocols. Acting Administrator Rosenberg was also clear to point out there are a number of marijuana components and/or extracts which appear to show promise as medicines, but have not yet been approved as safe and effective. His comments reflected the fact that FDA has not approved any medicinal uses for smoked marijuana.”
While the DEA chief’s remarks reflect the DEA’s official stance on marijuana, they also run contrary to studies that claim smoked cannabis may be effective and safe for medical use, especially in treating chronic pain associated with terminal illness related neuropathy.
Comment below if you agree that President Obama should fire Chuck Rosenberg, and appoint a new DEA chief who respects not only science and medicine, but also the voters, and more importantly the medical marijuana patients too.