Read Between the Comments

An Associated Press article reported: “Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee have filed a petition with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration asking the agency to reclassify marijuana so doctors can prescribe it and pharmacists can fill the prescription.”  An organization that supports medical cannabis describes this as a good first step, but it doesn’t address the federal penalties attached to the problem.

Currently there are 16 states and the District of Columbia that allow the medical use of marijuana.  Some of the governors from these states are thinking of joining the petition or writing a letter in support.

Although the article was interesting, some of the comments were great.  It isn’t often that I make time to read them, but our world is filled with some fascinating people.

The Comment Section:

An economist:

“I would rather americans got my drug money than mexican cartels”

An attorney:

“Sidebar—-I wonder how many of our Representatives actually smoke pot and snort coke—I’ll bet we’d be surprised!”

A frustrated lobbyist:

“The reasons are obvious why this isnt already legal. The politicians make more money from lobbyists representing pharmaceutical companies, alcohol companies, wood based paper companies, private prison companies…ALL THESE COMPANIES ARE PAYING OUR POLITICIANS.”

An equal rights advocate:

“It’s time for the Martini and valium addicts to quit locking up the potheads.”

A mathematician:

“Name one person who has overdosed on Marijuana? Don’t worry, I’ll wait. Name all the people who have died of an alcohol overdose. Stop, It’s impossible to count that many.”

The Buddhist:

“Anyone who is for denying a cancer patient a drug that helps them deal with chemotherapy and nausea or an AIDS patient a drug that makes them able to eat so they can maintain some dignity as they wait to die… you are not a human being. And karma might just put you in the sick person’s shoes…”

Last, but not least…

A Barry Goldwater Republican:

“Personally I do not believe that governors, states, or people should “ASK” the federal government for permission to do anything. We should be “demanding” it, period. “This is what WE want. Now chop chop…..get to it!”. We should be telling THEM what laws WE (the majority) want & what laws…”

Fawkes-Lee and Ryan neither supports nor opposes these comments.

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One Response to Read Between the Comments

  1. Carl Olsen
    The biggest danger I see here (other than asking for schedule II) is the failure to understand the balance between the state and federal drug laws that was explained so well in Gonzales v. Oregon, 546 U.S. 243, 258 (2006) (“The Attorney General has rulemaking power to fulfill his duties under the CSA. The specific respects in which he is authorized to make rules, however, instruct us that he is not authorized to make a rule declaring illegitimate a medical standard for care and treatment of patients that is specifically authorized under state law”). State laws accepting the medical use of marijuana are statutory. Federal scheduling is regulatory. Unless the states understand they can successfully sue the DEA if the DEA refused to acknowledge marijuana has accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, the DEA will assert a fake “federal supremacy” argument and brush them off.

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