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Here is Why New DEA Chief Admits Marijuana Less Dangerous Than Heroin But Won’t Reschedule It

The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made headlines last month by admitting that marijuana is less harmful than heroin, but in a new interview he says that cannabis should not be r

WASHINGTON — Despite ample evidence pointing to the therapeutic, non-addictive qualities of marijuana, the new head of the Drug Enforcement Agency wants to keep it legally classified alongside heroin and other highly addictive substances.

“If we come up with a medical use for it, that would be wonderful. But we haven’t,” declared Chuck Rosenberg, the acting head of the Drug Enforcement Agency, in a Sept. 5 interview with Fox News.

This surprising denial of medical science came in response to a question posed by James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for the network. He asked Rosenberg whether it was time to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, considering two of the past three presidents of the United States have admitted to using the substance recreationally.

“Yeah, I don’t think so,” responded Rosenberg.

A growing body of scientific research suggests marijuana is not just beneficial in treating many conditions, but also far safer than tobacco.

Despite changing laws in some states, federal laws like the Controlled Substances Act ensure that the government can continue to prosecute cannabis users and producers.

“I’ve been very clear to my [regional] special agents in charge: If you have a big marijuana case, if that in your jurisdiction is one of your biggest problems, then bring it,” Rosenberg told Rosen.

Even where marijuana is legalized or decriminalized, users can still suffer from federal regulations. Although the government is promising not to go after medical marijuana patients and growers in states with medical marijuana laws, Counter Current News recently reported on a Vietnam War veteran with lung cancer who was denied access to pain medications because of his use of marijuana.

The Controlled Substances Act guides many of these restrictions. The act is meant to rank drugs based on their abuse potential versus their potential medical benefit. Each drug is assigned to one of five ranks, with lower numbers meant to represent more dangerous substances.

For example, oxycodone, the controversial pharmaceutical painkiller, is located on Schedule II, meaning it can be prescribed by doctors under certain conditions but its legal use is heavily restricted. Marijuana, meanwhile, is on Schedule I, which is reserved for drugs that, according to the federal government, have no accepted medical use.

Marijuana shares its Schedule I designation with heroin, a highly addictive drug whose use is becoming an epidemic in the United States, with the CDC warning in July of a record number of deaths from heroin overdoses. Rosenberg made headlines that some month, when he admitted that marijuana is “probably” not as dangerous as heroin. He followed it up with a statement that “heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana” at a September press briefing.

In a recent interview with MintPress News founder Mnar Muhawesh, activist Rick Simpson argued that the pharmaceutical industry is heavily invested in keeping marijuana illegal because its utility against everything from chronic pain to cancer threatens their profits.

And marijuana is legally classified as a hallucinogen, a designation it shares with other Schedule I substances that may also have medical benefits. For example, sufferers of extremely severe migraines called “cluster headaches” can sometimes find relief through hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms, and many researchers are reconsidering the potential psychiatric uses of guided use of LSD.

In his interview with Fox News, Rosenberg admitted that alcohol prohibition in the 1930s was a failure. Although he says does not personally imbibe, he admitted, “I’m not going to impose that on anyone else.” Still, Rosenberg remains adamant that marijuana prohibition will continue at the federal level.

Via: www.mintpressnews.com

Steven Peters

Owner & Publisher at Natural Revolution
Steven Peters has been a health advocate for more than a decade and proponent for alternative healing by ‘Empowering Natural Living’ through homeopathic approaches. He is also an activist for social justice and environmental causes in the GMO Labeling and Non-GMO grassroots movements across the country, and a staunch advocate for cannabis education and reform.

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  • Angalee Jones

    He’s such a liar….why didn’t anyone ask him about all the patents in all the countries…Israel sells cannabis in Pharmacies…cannabis history is as food & medicine …zero deaths ever…why are all the presidents not addicted to marijuana then? He’s so full of it….

  • Nancy Uzupan

    First off, he needs to have respect for our President. Second, where did he get his medical degree from? Third, Does he know science is exact? Canada has Medical Marijuana in all hospital rooms at every bed. He most likely snorts coke or some other drug. He is so way off base. Obama, get your veto pen out and please legalize medical Marijuana in all 50 states before you leave us with these A-holes. Yes he would not have a job if it weren’t for the hard killer pill mills. If we come up with medical use he says, does he read medical trials and testamonials from Doctors and people it has helped..My guess is NO !!

    • Gary Turner

      Please explain, why does this president deserve respect? What he deserves is handcuffs for violations of the Constitution.
      He deserves to stand in the middle of Iraq and Syria telling everyone his failed policies are why Christians are fleeing home to keep themselves from being killed.

      • anseio

        Oh, for chrissakes, pull your head out of your rear. This has NOTHING to do with Obama, and everything to do with having a complete and total tool as the head of the DEA. You’re a fool if you think your comment added anything constructive at all to the conversation.

        • anseio. Who do you think appointed the tool?

  • michael james

    He must be getting Koch-bucks under the table.

  • Dale

    We need to come together and demand this liar explain why he accepts the input of big pharma and we want to know who these big pharma associates are and we want them in court to stand trial for crimes against humanity!

  • Gordon38

    Chuck Rosenberg – a rigid bigot, one so blind he will not see.

  • Jeff Brown

    Some one should ask him about the dea’s own law judge Francis Young who in 1988 after extensive hearings said cannabis in its natural form is the safest therapeutic substance known to man and recommended removal from schedule I- Since 1988 starting with California in 1996 some 40 states now say cannabis has some medical use and states are able to determine medical use. These states need to demand the dea remove it from schedule I because it has medical use.

    • CHIEF DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis Young said it would be “arbitrary, unreasonable and capricious” to fail to reschedule and that there were accepted safe medical use of cannabis. That was 27 years ago.

  • Jacob Wiles

    australia has just starterd trialing cannabis for medical purposes in a couple of states,starting with children suffering from eppalepsy,adhd,serable porsy and many other illneses with great success.i think it is long over due.if its proven to cure so manny different sickneses.the big drug companies are just worried about loosing busnes…if my chiled was ill and needed marijuwana to live a happy,healthy comfortabull life i would make sure they got it even if they say im breaking the law i will do wat i have to too make sure my chiled gets better.without having to take rediculess amounts of highly addictiv medications that just turn them into lil zombies.why not use it is a natural plant that was put on this earth for a reason