On Saturday the White House issued its official response to the marijuana petition on their We The People website. This petition not only beat out all others by gathering over 70,000 signatures, it was accompanied by 4 other marijuana-related petitions in just the top ten submissions. While nobody was particularly optimistic about the marijuana petition’s potential for real change, especially given the Obama administration’s ongoing attempts to kill off medical marijuana with no regard for state law or civil rights, the answer we got was little more than a meaningless bureaucratic statement; peppered with lies and devoid of compassion or common sense.
Choosing to go with their usual chief deceiver, the White House had its drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, respond to the marijuana legalization petition. To say that the man’s job is literally to tell lies is not hyperbole either; the 1998 Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act actually directs whoever the drug czar is to “ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I… and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of [such a] substance.” By law, Kerlikowske has to oppose marijuana legalization and he is free to make things up to support this position as the Government Accountability Office does “not see a need to examine the accuracy of the… Director’s individual statements in detail.” Your government at work.
To break down the statement into all the separate lies that make it up would frankly take too long and show nothing new about the federal government’s absurd, unsustainable and fundamentally un-democratic position on marijuana. The opening paragraph truly says it all:
“When the President took office, he directed all of his policymakers to develop policies based on science and research, not ideology or politics. So our concern about marijuana is based on what the science tells us about the drug’s effects.”
And with that, the nation’s top drug warrior launches into a tirade of bunk science and outdated ideology, never really addressing the actual words of the marijuana petition. After linking to some National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) “facts” about marijuana’s negative effects and addiction potential (from an agency that expressly refuses to fund any studies that do not portray marijuana in a negative light), Kerlikowske dusts off the old chestnut about super potent modern marijuana. He also trots out the correlation between marijuana use and voluntary drug treatment admissions and emergency room visits. This is, of course, a meaningless fact since a majority of “voluntary treatment admissions” are a result of court plea deals for marijuana possession cases. As for emergency room visits, this statistics is a result of the high likelihood that someone admitted for an actual drug overdose has probably smoked marijuana sometime in course of the previous month.
The Drug Czar insists that the Obama administration will “ardently support ongoing research into determining what components of the marijuana plant can be used as medicine,” but that smoked marijuana is not the answer. Wouldn’t that make make edibles and vaporizing perfectly fine then? Should that have been a separate marijuana petition? Sadly, this research into “components” is just code for handing the industry over to Big Pharma.
A few more choice doublespeak moments:
“I recognize we are not going to arrest our way out of the problem.”
The crackdown on medical marijuana in California says otherwise.
“Preventing drug use is the most cost-effective way to reduce drug use and its consequences in America.”
There is NOTHING cost-effective about 40 years of a failed War on Drugs.
This is how much President Obama cares about the marijuana petition and the will of the people; not only is the answer a completely hollow rehash of old unfounded claims, it is given by the one person legally authorized to lie in defense of prohibition. Enough is enough, change will only come from the people, our leavers truly have abandoned us.
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