It's Ridiculous To Treat Weed Like Heroin
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It's Ridiculous To Treat Weed Like Heroin
Posted by CN Staff on February 24, 2016 at 15:50:46 PT
By Nick Wing, The Huffington Post
Source: Huffington Post
USA -- Former Attorney General Eric Holder believes marijuana should no longer be considered a Schedule I substance -- a classification reserved for the most dangerous drugs with no medical use -- he said in a recently published interview with PBS's "Frontline.""You know, we treat marijuana in the same way that we treat heroin now, and that clearly is not appropriate," he said. "So at a minimum, I think Congress needs to do that. Then I think we need to look at what happens in Colorado and what happens in Washington."
Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational marijuana use over the past few years, and Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., have since followed suit. A number of other states have decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana."Frontline" conducted the wide-ranging interview on drug policy last year after Holder's departure from the administration, and released it Tuesday along with the program's most recent documentary on the heroin crisis.Holder has signaled support for rescheduling marijuana in the past, as far back as 2014, when he was still attorney general. During an interview with Katie Couric, he similarly questioned the wisdom of keeping marijuana in the same category as heroin, a drug that is rightly considered to have a high potential for abuse and dependence.But while the nation's former chief law enforcement officer has expressed disagreement with marijuana's current scheduling, he has been hesitant to propose aggressive action to change it.At a congressional hearing in 2014, Holder said he'd be "more than glad to work with Congress" to reclassify weed. He echoed those comments in his "Frontline" interview, saying any move to adjust the federal classification of marijuana would have to come from Congress. President Barack Obama has taken a similar stance, while current Attorney General Loretta Lynch has been relatively silent on rescheduling efforts.But some legal experts say the executive branch -- and more specifically, the attorney general -- actually has the power to reschedule a drug unilaterally. Here's a quick and easy breakdown of how that would work, via the Brookings Institution.BROOKINGS INSTITUTIONTom Angell, chairman of the advocacy group Marijuana Majority, believes Holder could have done more to address rescheduling as attorney general.“It’s nice to have Holder’s support for this sensible policy change, but it would have been a lot better if he’d exercised the power to get marijuana rescheduling done while he was still in office," Angell said. "We know that Holder and President Obama are good friends, so I hope the former attorney general encourages his former boss and his successor Loretta Lynch to follow through during these final months of the administration and get the job done."Moving marijuana into a lower schedule wouldn't make it legal under federal law, but it would, among other changes, open the door for further scientific research that advocates say would lead to a fuller understanding of the drug's medical benefits.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Nick Wing, The Huffington PostPublished: February 24, 2016Copyright: 2016, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on February 27, 2016 at 10:42:03 PT
I, too, appreciated The Green Collar Worker
Sharing that with us.I like what you said, too, John Tyler, about how you feel about the use benefits you experience with the experience.
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Comment #7 posted by John Tyler on February 27, 2016 at 07:18:50 PT
the splendor of the grass
Thank you GWC for the splendor comment.  It was just what I needed. These last few years I have been caught up in a rut of forced retirement, struggling to pay bills, chronically ill family members, caring for elderly pets, keeping old cars running, and maintaining a house. (You know what I am talking about, Maya. The world of illusion, the veil of tears, the physical plane, where no one escapes sorrow, pain and loss.) Cannabis lifts one up above the edge of life’s rut so one may see and feel the splendor of everything, and see beyond Maya. 
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Comment #6 posted by The GCW on February 25, 2016 at 08:54:26 PT
Mo Bern,
Bernie needs to press this issue regarding Califf,Bernie's campaign says We've been sold out.Cannabis prohibitionist exists because We've been sold out.Califf illustrates sell out.It would make sense for Bernie to be making a lot of noise over this to offer a relevant example of how things will change when He's America's leader.-0-This is encouraging:Bernie Sanders Has Led Hillary Clinton in This Major National Poll Nearly All MonthSince Iowa, Sanders has overtaken Clinton for the majority of the month in the Reuters daily tracking poll.
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on February 25, 2016 at 08:32:21 PT
Feel the Bern
Robert Califf, approved as the next FDA commissioner is an eye opener and would seem to effect cannabis issues in that context. Sanders called out Obama's choice for FDA commish... Clinton has voiced support for Obama in health care issues and yet says She will reign in Wall street.  Califf, IS WALL STREET.  Clinton should be pressed to comment, if She supports Califf. If She's for Califf and Sanders DOES NOT, that is another instance of what voters need to see and hear and know about. Very important.Feel the Bern.Yes
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on February 25, 2016 at 08:32:08 PT
Michele Leonhart is still fired!
Mr. Holder held a higher pay grade than the political tyrant Leonhart.At what point will she have her "epiphany" moment? I would say that perhaps her light bulb may yet flicker on but alas, that bulb was never more than one watt at it's best.
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on February 24, 2016 at 19:13:32 PT
Life's splendor potential includes cannabis.
The splendor of life is compromised with cannabis prohibition.For those who have contempt for cannabis prohibition, ignoring it, less so.Millions of citizens ignoring cannabis prohibition is a testament in itself.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on February 24, 2016 at 17:05:39 PT
We're stuck with schmuck.
When things are so bad that cannabis is a Schedule I substance alongside heroin, while meth and cocaine are only Schedule II substances; And the screwballs take this long to change it!!!!It's like Being stuck in a cage& havingNo confidence and feeling helpless.Perhaps that's their goal.-0-When the average citizens gets it and the paid or voted for person who supposedly has and education and serves Us, refuses to do what's right.They're guilty.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on February 24, 2016 at 16:58:03 PT
I'm optimistic.
 " follow through during these final months of the administration and get the job done."I think Obama will do it, or it will be done during His time.-0-There is an underlying message with cannabis being a Schedule I substance alongside heroin, while meth and cocaine are only Schedule II substances;The message is that of gross incompetence on the most basic levels right out in the open for all the world and its inhabitants to see. EMBARRASSING!
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