DEA: Marijuana as dangerous as heroin

DEA boss ignores overwhelming evidence and rules marijuana has no social or medical redeeming value

Michele M. Leonhart is the administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and she is no proponent of marijuana. I suspect it’s because if marijuana were legalized the DEA would be out of a job.  Here’s the story of the latest government screw up:

dea says no to marijuana legalization

Medical marijuana may be gaining acceptance at the state level around the US, but the DEA remains as anti-pot as ever, ruling that the wacky tobacky has no medical use and is as dangerous as heroin, reports the LA Times. Marijuana advocates had asked the feds to reclassify the narcotic nine years ago on the grounds that marijuana helps with a range of medical conditions, such as glaucoma, nausea, and MS.

The DEA administrator rejected the request because marijuana “has a high potential for abuse,” “has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States” and “lacks accepted safety for use under medical supervision,” she said in a letter. Surprisingly, many medical marijuana advocated were pleased by the negative ruling, because simply having a ruling, any ruling, allows them to appeal the decision in federal courts. “We have foiled the government’s strategy of delay, and we can now go head-to-head on the merits,” said the lead attorney for the lawsuit.

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5 Responses to DEA: Marijuana as dangerous as heroin

  1. lazersedge

    July 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I think that the DEA trying to hold onto its power and jobs, in that order, is their priority.

    • A Michael J. Scott

      July 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm


    • The Lawyer

      July 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      That’s the only logical explanation. As dangerous as heroin? Right. Like a gecko is as dangerous as a tyrannous.

  2. Dorothy Anderson

    July 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I’m a proud member of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and MPP (Marijuana Policy Project). We all know that marijuana has numerous, well-researched medical efficacy. Some of us know from first-hand experience.

    Lazersedge, I agree. The wingnuts at the DEA are trying to keep their jobs because they are getting paid for doing nothing.

    Amusing. According to the Washington Times in May 2010:

    The District of Columbia Council approved a measure on Tuesday that would allow people with certain chronic illnesses to obtain medical marijuana from a handful of dispensaries regulated by the city. The 13-member Council voted unanimously to allow doctors to recommend marijuana for people who are infected with H.I.V., as well as people with glaucoma, cancer or a “chronic and lasting disease.”

    The measure gives the mayor the option of raising the amount to four ounces without further council action. Some doctors say marijuana helps relieve nausea, vomiting, certain AIDS symptoms and some side effects of chemotherapy. For glaucoma patients, the drug is believed to help lower eye pressure.

    If federal lawmakers do not intervene, Washington will join California and 13 other states that allow residents to use marijuana for medical purposes.

    The measure requires patients, their caregivers, dispensaries and cultivators to register with the city, restricts dispensaries to a maximum of 95 plants, and prohibits district agencies from arresting medical marijuana users or denying them other services.

  3. Modernthinker

    August 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Until the end of the prohabiton of alcohol, Marijuana wasn’t even a bleep on the radar screen of the government. Only after the end of prohabition did the government need to find something for the g-men to do to justify keeping them employeed, hence started the american war on marijuana, and today is our DEA. The only reason our government is resisting the legalization of marijuana is “PRIDE”, because they don’t want to admit they made an uneducated, unsubstanciated law on regards to marijuana. But to this day tobacco and alcohol is legal, even after all the proven data available, proving the health risk, additive nature, medical expense for the treatment, cure and rehabilitation for the damages caused by their distructive addictiveness. More money has been spent, more lives have been lost, families destroyed over the effects of alcoholism in the last decade alone than the effects of marijuana ever has and probably ever will. Swallow your pride admit your mistake, legalize marijuana, benefit from the added tax revenue created, free up our DEA agents to deal with the REAL crisis in America today METH, free up prison space and resources for the apprehention and convection of real criminals, and make America a happier place to be.