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Doctors Testify In Federal Court That Marijuana Needs To Be Rescheduled


medical marijuana doctorThe fact that marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug is slap in the face to science, compassion, and logic. For something to be Schedule 1, it has to have no medical value. Marijuana clearly has medical value. This is proven by the fact that the federal government grows and supplies medical marijuana to four federal medical marijuana patients, and has for decades. The federal government also has medical marijuana patents. It may be the most hypocritical policy in government to say that marijuana should remain Schedule 1, and that’s saying a lot because the government is full of hypocrisy.

Doctors were in federal court yesterday making those arguments. Per Smell the Truth:

Doctors Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, retired physician Phillip Denny, and Greg Carter, Medical Director of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, Washington will testify Monday that marijuana — real name, “cannabis” — is not the demon drug the federal government makes it out to be. Accepted science does not justify the listing of cannabis as a dangerous “Schedule I” substance, many say.

“[I]t is my considered opinion that including marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act is counter to all the scientific evidence in a society that uses and values empirical evidence,” Dr. Hart declared. “After two decades of intense scientific inquiry in this area, it has become apparent the current scheduling of cannabis has no footing in the realities of science and neurobiology.”

This is an unprecedented hearing, writes cannabis law reform advocate Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML.

“This is the first time in recent memory that a federal judge has granted an evidentiary hearing on a motion challenging the statute which classifies cannabis to be one of the most dangerous illicit substances in the nation.”

The testimonies will keep going. I’m hopeful that the judge will see the truth, but I won’t hold my breath that there will be any action on this area of public policy. If the Obama administration truly wanted to re-schedule marijuana, the administration would have already. Obama knows this and Eric Holder knows this, despite Eric Holder’s recent comments that he would be ‘open to the idea.’


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  1. Juergen Meixner on

    It’s about highest time to re-schedule the medicine.

    No, marijuana use doesn’t lower your IQ

    The Washington Post October 22, 2014

    … Researchers examined children’s IQ scores at age 8 and again at age 15, and found “no relationship between cannabis use and lower IQ at age 15,” when confounding factors – alcohol use, cigarette use, maternal education, and others – were taken into account.
    Even heavy marijuana use wasn’t associated with IQ.

    “In particular alcohol use was found to be strongly associated with IQ decline,” the authors write.
    “No other factors were found to be predictive of IQ change.” …


  2. I’m sure the Court limited the amount of witnesses on BOTH sides, so as to not get bogged down with redundant testimony. I’m sure the Court told em to “… pick your best 5-6 witnesses.” I honestly wouldn’t read too much into that.

  3. My .02 cents…. I think this is Obama or Holder’s way out without taking a hit to their approvals or whatever.

    Honestly take a look at some of the things the prosecution said, mis-said, or dropped the ball on. This guy is practically throwing the case to NORML. So now the judge will rule Schedule I unconstitutional and Obama and/or Holder have plausible deniability in the decision and their hands are clean.

  4. the problem is the money , the jobs and the having to admit they were wrong and the wrongful deaths and incarceration those that facilitated have caused , i put them right up there with Hitler in the amount of damage that have done to destroy peoples lives in the name of money and power and greed , an entire system has been created based on the lies they have shoved down the throats of the people of the world , i look forward to seeing all that dismantled the jobs lost and the loss of wealth to those that benefited from the caos and devastation this has turned into , children have been killed in botched drug raids , men and women have lost there lively hoods and freedom , all in the name of the lies that have been fabricated , the truth will come to light and restitution to all those that have been affected should be at hand !!

  5. In 1970 cannabis was temporally placed in Schedule I, the most dangerous controlled substances group, pending the results of a commission created by Richard Nixon to study cannabis and its effects. In 1972 this commission, the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse, recommended that cannabis prohibition be ended, which would remove it from Schedule I. Instead, Nixon ignored the results of his own commission and four decades later cannabis remains in Schedule I along with heroin!

    On September 6, 1988, after two years of hearings on cannabis rescheduling, DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young concluded that:

    Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man…. Marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record.

    Judge Young then recommended that cannabis be rescheduled and be made available as legal medicine. However the DEA Administrator, John Lawn, overruled Judge Young, and the Court of Appeals allowed that decision to stand, denying medical cannabis to seriously ill patients. Not meeting ANY of the three required criteria, cannabis inexplicably remains in Schedule I, a category with drugs considered more dangerous than Cocaine, Morphine, Opium and Meth.

  6. I hope the doctors have better luck than the Shafer Commission had. Its seems that Washington has had opportunity after opportunity to make prohibition and the scheduling disparity go away and have done neither. We cant wait another 42 years. The states legalization movement is fantastic but POTUS-Congress-DOJ are still fanning the flames by allowing cannabis to stay on schedule 1. Time to put on the big boy pants and admit they were and are idiots for letting it go on this long.

  7. Doctors want the medications they prescribe to be approved by the FDA — you know, because the FDA is such a non-partisan agency that never makes mistakes. You know, because the studies provided to the FDA to support a drug are always funded by some entity with ties to Big Pharma, which makes them even more reliable.

    Because when the FDA approves a drug, then the insurance companies approve it also.

    Doctors seem to need some kind of governing body to approve their actions, whether it’s the FDA or the AMA… just like children.

  8. The doctor’s hands are already full of the referral fees and gifts showered upon them by big pharma. And I suppose some of them are just ignorant, but Sanjay Gupta proved they can learn, if they want to.

  9. Paranoid Android on

    You did the joke wrong… Not to mention with a written joke you’re better off with a homograph or a polysemous word.

  10. Hi, my name is Ed and I own a bait shop in Devils Lake, ND. People come from miles around to see my skills as a masturbater.

  11. Just a handful of doctors, when there should be a long line of doctors waiting to testify about cannabis…

  12. If this goes well it will have huge implications. I think there are similar cases awaiting such a hearing in the Supreme Court, and this could get these other cases to the front of the line. Maybe.

  13. I hope and pray that this (for now) move of Jurisprudence, will have and is the beginning of a major domino effect.

    “”Jurisprudence is the study and theory of law. Scholars in jurisprudence, also known as
    legal theorists (including legal philosophers and social theorists of law), hope
    to obtain a deeper understanding of the nature of law, of legal reasoning, legal
    systems and of legal institutions.””

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