oday, 18 members of Congress sent President Obama
a letter asking him to act on his statements
to the New Yorker
, that cannabis is not more dangerous than alcohol, and reschedule marijuana.
"You said that you don't believe marijuana is any more dangerous than alcohol: a fully legalized substance, and believe it to be less dangerous 'in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.' This is true," reads the letter signed by Colorado Rep. Jared Polis
and others. "Marijuana, however, remains listed in the federal Controlled Substances Act at Schedule I, the strictest classification, along with heroin and LSD.
"This is a higher listing than cocaine and methamphetamine, Schedule II substances that you gave as examples of harder drugs. This makes no sense."
Lawmakers also took a shot at what they view as inconsistent messaging.
"Furthermore, one would hope that that [sic] your Administration officials publicly reflect your views on this matter," the letter reads. "Statements such as the one from DEA chief of operations James L. Capra
that the legalization of marijuana at the state level is 'reckless and irresponsible' serve no purposes other than to inflame passions and misinform the public."
Along similar lines, we were notified via press release that signatory Rep. Steve Cohen
, D-TN, introduced "The Unmuzzle the Drug Czar Act of 2014"
which would remove restrictions that require the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy to oppose marijuana legalization.
“Not only is the ONDCP the only federal office required by law to oppose rescheduling marijuana even if it is proven to have medical benefits, but it is also prohibited from studying if that could be even be true,” says Cohen in the release. “The ONDCP’s job should be to develop and recommend sane drug control policies, not be handcuffed or muzzled from telling the American people the truth."
Letter to President Obama regarding rescheduling cannabis