New Federal Policy on Medical Marijuana!?

Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on March 20, 2009

The Winds of Change – Real Change, Spare Change or Chump Change?

Slowly but surely it seems, the Drug War is being eroded by the new winds blowing, and the ship of state is slowly being turned around…

If you didn’t see the news on Wednesday evening or on Thursday, then you might not have heard Attorney General Holder announced the Feds will not be going after medical marijuana patients and providers unless the are violating BOTH Federal law and State law – translation (as I understand it) – States law on medical marijuana trumps Federal law.

Finally, some relief, and a chance for the medical marijuana states to clarify what “is” and what “is not” medical marijuana use.

But I want REAL change. We could start with:

  • Eliminating the political-science-based Schedule I classification for marijuana.
  • The release of all Drug War P.O.W.s.
  • The end of drug testing for employment.
  • A new paradigm concerning Cannabis Sativa (medical plant) and Cannabis Hemp (industrial plant) recognizing it’s value and repudiating the racist-base lies of the last 72 years.

We need REAL Change, not SPARE change or CHUMP Change…

Even though it seems were headed in the right direction I get frustrated at the pace.

We need unjust laws changed NOW because they are affecting people today, right this moment.

Charles C. Lynch will be Federal Court on Monday the 23rd facing 5 years to life for providing legal, compassionate care under California State law. Charles can’t wait for change next month – he needs it NOW.

If we end up without the unjust laws being changed on the Federal level, then after the Obama administration is gone we’ll have nothing but empty words from Ex-Attorney General Holder and Ex-President Obama.

Will those words hold up in court as we try to exercise our rights as medical marijuana patients, or will we end up with chump change?

A sad observation: in the light of the recent financial crisis, it seems like our government is providing billions for greed and jail for compassion. I didn’t cast my vote for that…

Ignorant Politicians, and The Same Old Lies…

In a related story:

Sen. Grassley from Iowa (sorry Iowa) trotted out the same old, discredited “Gateway Theory” that seemed so 1986 (remember, back when we were told Greed is Good) as to be laughable… Here’s an article from AP about the Senator’s outrage – I would title the article “Retro 80′s Drug War Rhetoric Staying Alive in Iowa”, AP calls it “GOP senator blasts new medical marijuana policy”

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley criticized the Obama administration Thursday for moving to loosen restrictions on medical marijuana.

At a gathering to discuss health care reform, the Iowa lawmaker criticized the Justice Department’s new policy of targeting California‘s medical marijuana distributors only if they violate both federal and state law.

That’s a break from the Bush administration, which targeted dispensaries under federal law even if they complied with the state’s law allowing sales of medical marijuana.

The shift was outlined by Attorney General Eric Holder a day earlier.

“The first rule of medicine, first do no harm, is being violated by the attorney general by his decision,” said Grassley.

The senator said the new policy is counterproductive because marijuana leads to use of harder drugs. [my note: this is commonly called the "Gateway Theory"]

Advocates for medical marijuana defended the president.

“The Obama administration deserves credit for basing policy on facts and science, not the myths perpetuated by Sen. Grassley,” said Bruce Mirken, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project.

I wish ignorant politicians would keep their mouths shut sometimes… Don’t they realize spouting that old ignorant Drug War rhetoric is going to create some very embarrassing YouTube  moments.

The time has come to end the Spell of Ignorance and Anti-Science Stonewalling of the last 72 years concerning Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Hemp.

I’m so tired of politicians (fortunately Mr. Grassley doesn’t represent me)  that keep lying, when the truth is easy to find if you just open your eyes and ears and shut your mouth.

So I had to send the Senator a message (I was a little upset at the time I sent it off – I hope it was respectful enough…)

Dear Sen. Grassley

Your ignorance is amazing – do you know anything about the science of medical marijuana? If not, then do no harm – and keep your biased, harmful lies to yourself.

You insult over 72 million Americans with your ignorance.

The era of stupidity is over, try and get up to speed…


Jon, onehumanbeing

You can send Sen. Grassley your own note at his website… and let him know how you feel about his regurgitated ignorance – and that’s said with all the respect it deserves.

OK (deep breath) – I’m over that now.