Marijuana: DEA rescheduling-of-pot idea as Amendment 64 fix hits mainstream

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Video below.
Now that Amendment 64 is law, the mainstream media is beginning to grapple with the contradictions between the act's language and federal law. The latest solution, as floated by the Washington Post and Rachel Maddow fill-in Ezra Klein? Reschedule marijuana so that it is no longer listed as a Schedule I controlled substance. But this alleged new idea (see the video below) is years old.

In fact, Colorado formally asked the Obama administration to make this move in December 2011.

No question that treating cannabis as a Schedule I narcotic is absurd on its face. This designation holds that marijuana has no known medical use, yet the feds continues to more or less tolerate medical marijuana laws (currently approved in eighteen states and the District of Columbia). Additionally, the scheduling suggests that cannabis is more dangerous than Schedule II drugs such as cocaine and opium -- an argument that DEA boss Michele Leonhart looked like an ass making amid questioning by Colorado Representative Jared Polis during a Congressional hearing in June. Here's that video:

As such, it was only a matter of time before we'd see pieces such as Dylan Matthews' Washington Post blog item "The White House can decriminalize medical marijuana in one easy step" and last night's MSNBC feature by Klein, which includes a clip of John Hickenlooper equating the requirement to help enact an amendment he actively opposed to being the governor of a state "that has terrible forest fires."

Also highlighted: footage of pot smokers burning a different kind of trees on the steps of the State Capitol.

In Colorado, though, the notion of rescheduling marijuana as at least a partial out for Obama is not only venerable, but it's enshrined in law.

Continue for more about the concept of rescheduling marijuana, including another video and documents such as the complete DEA controlled substances list and Colorado's rescheduling request to the federal government.


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datsneefa
datsneefa

The fact that they can only find an idiot like this to lead the DEA just goes to show what a joke the DEA isalong with the US government.time to get with the time....high times

Philip Fick
Philip Fick

It s stupid laws like this that really harm our governments credibility. Rational,informed,experienced people ask what the agenda is for weed to be a schedule I.

Cannabis_College
Cannabis_College

On the one hand, United States federal government officials have consistently denied that marijuana has any medical benefits. On the other, the government actually holds patents for the medical use of theplant.Just check out US Patent 6630507 titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” which is assigned to The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services. http://420college.org

Russ Hollar
Russ Hollar

Makes perfect sense. Can't fill your prisons without a crime

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 RE-scheduling marijuana will instantly DESTROY the amateur "medical" marijuana industry nationwide.

It will mandate that marijuana be produced, distributed and sold only by BigPharma companies, and only via licensed Pharmacies, and only after a valid Physician prescription for a scientifically accepted and FDA approved use ... which can only occur after years of clinical trials are paid for and submitted to the FDA for approval.

RE-scheduling will instantly derail all recreational use initiatives.

There are NO scheduled drugs that are approved for recreational use.

Pete
Pete

If I hadn't seen hemp oil (Phoenix Tears) cure skin cancer with my own eyes, I might not believe it to be the miracle drug I now know it to be.  Would rescheduling MJ to Schedule II allow the research floodgates to really open?  I know some of you say it would be a disaster to reschedule it, but I don't understand your concerns.  Can you expand on why this would be bad?

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

Pot heads asking the DEA for mercy is like a Jew asking a Nazi for mercy.  It's not going to happen.  Until the DEA meets the same fate as the Nazis, there will always be genocide of the innocent.  The Feds need the pot heads as scapegoats just as the Nazis needed the Jews as scapegoats.  The DEA will continue to rape and pillage the innocent until their demise as an organization.  If the DEA had it their way they'd throw pot heads in the gas chamber.  It's truly disgusting that the US Dept of Justice models their system off the Nazis.

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

One more step in the right direction. 

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Corey, On November 30, 2012, the Governor’s Office received your Colorado Open Records Act (“CORA”) request for "any and all records relating to the passage of A64 held in both the governor's office and the governor's office of information technology (OIT)". On December 4, 2012 we extended our response period to December 1, 2012. We also informed you that we are not the custodian of record for OIT's documents. The responsive documents have now been identified and gathered and, as described below, are available for inspection or pick up. The Governor’s Office has 422 pages of public records responsive to your request. As per our agreement and as per the Office’s CORA Policy, the Governor’s Office spent a total of 8 hours collecting and retrieving the responsive documents. Thus, please be prepared to provide a check in the amount of $120 payable to the “State of Colorado” prior to reviewing any documents. Additionally, the Office’s standard photocopying fee is 25 cents per page. Upon receipt of payment, we will provide you with copies of the documents. Due to the volume of responsive records yielded in this search, please schedule a time with Lindsay Cox at Lindsay.Cox@state.co.us or (303) 866-6390 to review them. Regards, Stephanie Donner Deputy Legal Counsel Governor Hickenloooper -- Stephanie F. Donner Senior Deputy Legal Counsel Office of the Governor 136 State Capitol Building Denver, Colorado 80203 stephanie.donner@state.co.us

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

WHERE IS THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND NIXONLOOPER REGARDING THE IMPLMENTATION OF A64? WHERE ARE THE REAL JOURNALISTS THAT SHOULD BE ASKING THAT QUESTION?

orson
orson

As a medical marijuana patient I welcome the re-scheduling of marijuana.  I don't care where it gets put, just get it out of schedule 1. Put it in sched 2 and strangle the marijuana industry for all I care.  Medical marijuana centers are planning to migrate to rec shops and they deserve to get shutdown for using the medical marijuana system as a stepping stone for recreational pot shops.

http://www.koaa.com/news/will-medical-marijuana-facilities-go-extinct-/

beautypeakwebdesign
beautypeakwebdesign

The Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis and Americans for Safe Access are awaiting a decision from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia regarding their petition requesting that the  DEA hold rescheduling hearings, as they are required to do under the Controlled Substances Act. CRC filed the petition in 2002, but after 9 years the DEA denied the petition just like they have done twice before since 1972. Its hard to know how the court will rule, but given the current goings-on they will hopefully force the DEA to follow their own procedures and hold the hearings. At which point the Prez could tell the DEA to hold the hearings and reschedule, which would take the pressure off him to actually do something about this himself. Its a wimpy way out, but given his non-response to the legalization in CO and WA, and his about-face from what he said right after his first election about not harassing medical marijuana states. it would seem the most likely route for him to take.

More info at http://americansforsafeaccess.org/article.php?id=6440

COmidnightrider
COmidnightrider

Rescheduling to Schedule II would Be Disasterous! Take Marijuana OUT of the Federal Scheduling completely is the answer for us Anti-BIG PHARMA Activists. Just simply remove it from the schedule completely because it really doesn't fit ANY of the historic scheduling criteria, please. And, Mr. President PLEASE PpP(puff, puff, pass)

Mitch Siff
Mitch Siff

This is the perfect time for rescheduling, I'm confident that this will happen.

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

That's not a serious question, right? That's like comparing a BB gun to a nuke. Not even close.

Bill Knox
Bill Knox

Of course not. While it's true heroin & cocaine both come from plants, they have to be REFINED, much like alcohol. It's like saying "God made a mistake" ...and I will never be on that side of the argument.

Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay Even if you don't like Donkey, a point is a point, and this point is worth acknowledging. Don't Re-schedule, De-schedule, that's the only way we gain any freedom. Plant life should never be accepted as a controlled substance, no matter who wants to control it.

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

@DonkeyHotay you are just against everything aren't you.   Someday I hope that you can lose the hate you harbor and move on with your life.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Pete  ... another clueless idiot who claims marijuana cures cancer.

There's a reason why high-school dropouts like you don't run clinical trials.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tutonehcc  .... but Regulation Works! ... begging the Fascists to REGULATE you is the path to Victory!

Büch Dich !!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

@COmidnightrider I was pretty much going to write just what you did. If you have any experience with it, as I do, being a patient, you recognize right away that it doesn't even belong on this list of freaky substances. As you say, rescheduling it won't help much. The fact that alcohol isn't scheduled is telling.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

@Bill Knox Respectfully, lots of folks have greatly varying ideas of "God" and any plan such a deity might have, and/or what any such deity may have done. It's generally a good idea to leave "God" out of such debates.

thespot84
thespot84

@D0NKEYH0TAY @DonkeyHotay 

Donkey has replied to westword stories 363 times since the beginning of december. That's more than 1 an hour, assuming a lack of sleep and a lack of gainful employment, why in this case may be a reasonable assumption. 

Donkey is convinced being the loudest voice in a small forum grants some kind of appeal to authority, which of course it does not. Donkey is convinced that repeated platitudes and broken syllogisms will fix any underlying logical problems, and prophesying the end of the world repeatedly will make it so.

Donkey's hate is one of an ideologue, one born of self-obsession and delusion. The day Donkey move's on will never come. Donkey is not a troll, though I appreciate your effort in quieting the annoyance. I believe that Donkey actually believes in the ideals. That's the sad part. Best we can do is ignore.

Pete
Pete

@DonkeyHotay @Pete Ha ha, I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed and agree I am not qualified to run a clinical trial.  That being said, folks at Harvard, Cambridge, UCLA Medical, and many others have some interesting peer reviewed research on this topic.  I've only witnessed small melanomas completely disappear in about two weeks from a topical application of hemp oil.  Oh, my lying eyes...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident @COmidnightrider 

... neither is Tobacco a scheduled controlled substance.

RE-scheduling pot will DESTROY the amateur "medical" marijuana industry.

It will also derail any recreational legalization initiatives -- as there is not a single scheduled drug that is legal for recreational use -- ipso facto.

thespot84
thespot84

@tutonehcc @thespot84 @DonkeyHotay 

Which is why I never suggested silencing anyone. open speech is important. Good speech is also important. A few well thought out and well reasoned posts would have done far more to propel Donkey's ideas on this forum or any other than the spam we're getting instead. Maybe westword would even consider allowing Donkey a blog post a week if his or her content justifies it. Assuming it's an articulate blog post, I'd even read it. Until then, I choose to ignore.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

@thespot84 @DonkeyHotay  Donkey is just misunderstood.  His efforts are appreciated as well as Westword is appreciated for supporting open speech.  Donkey has given of his time more than anyone and should be respected for such effort.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

@DonkeyHotay And the Higgs Boson is the God particle. So fucking what?

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