DEA Digging In
Bill Piper for Salem-News.com
Let’s demand that the federal government make drug policies based in sanity, not fear and hysteria.
(TRENTON, N.J.) -
Recently, the DEA issued a ludicrously false statement claiming that marijuana "has no accepted medical use in the United States and lacks an acceptable level of safety for use even under medical supervision."
Since when is law enforcement qualified to issue medical opinions? What's worse, the DEA's stance makes them an obstacle to sound scientific research.
Write to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart and demand that anti-drug ideology not stand in the way of sound science.
The DEA’s statement came in response to a citizen petition to remove marijuana from the list of Schedule I narcotics, the category of drugs associated with the harshest criminal penalties. Confronted with a rational call for change from reformers like you, the DEA chose to issue blatant lies -- ignoring decades of scientific research, doctors’ expertise, public opinion and the shifting political tide of the nation.
Do they really think anyone is still buying that nonsense? Let’s show the DEA that they can no longer get away with that type of dishonesty. Let’s demand that the federal government make drug policies based in sanity, not fear and hysteria.
Like you, I’m frustrated that the DEA is still peddling absurd scare tactics. But the fact that they’re ramping up the hysteria shows me that we are gaining ground. Medical marijuana is already allowed in 16 states and the District of Columbia, and it’s likely that in the next election one or more states will vote on making marijuana legal. You’re making a difference, and our opponents are digging in.
Let's show the DEA that we won’t stand for the status quo any longer. Tell Michele Leonhart to stop prioritizing outdated drug war ideology over hard evidence.
Let’s show DEA that they can no longer get away with this sort of nonsense. Let’s demand that the federal government make drug policies based in sanity, not fear and hysteria.
Bill Piper is the Director of the Office of National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance
Articles for July 27, 2011 | Articles for July 28, 2011 | Articles for July 29, 2011