Court: Medical marijuana still bad for you

The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has declined to order the Drug Enforcement Administration to take marijuana off the Schedule I list of dangerous drugs, where it sits alongside heroin, morphine derivatives, mescaline, and LSD.

How can this be, you ask, when 18 states and the District of Columbia — home to the court in question! — have legalized marijuana for medical use? An excellent question.

It turns out justices believe not enough “well-controlled” studies have been done of marijuana for medical use. The plaintiffs in the case, Americans for Safe Access, submitted peer-reviewed studies, but that didn’t pass muster with the court.

Now — and I’m just guessing here — could it be that more extensive studies of medical marijuana haven’t been done because a.) the drug is still illegal under federal law, and b.) you can’t patent a plant that grows almost anywhere? So without drug companies to do the research and without a way for anybody else to do the research without risking the violations of federal law, it’s a wonder there are as many studies as there are!

The lawsuit was defended by President Obama‘s Justice Department, headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, who once promised to give medical marijuana patients a break. But raids of pot dispensaries filling prescriptions have continued anyway, including here in Las Vegas.

The case was Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration.



5 Responses to “Court: Medical marijuana still bad for you”

  1. Steve says:

    On this one you get an agreement from me.

    I have history with dope, I was hooked on it. The Air Force cleaned me up and it took. And for an example of my ability to resist addiction consider I stopped smoking during my Air Force days. On my own without telling but one other person. I was smoking three packs a day and stopped cold. Its been almost 30 years now, no Marlboro’s.

    There is some truth in the convictions of law enforcement on the issue of dope, but I think it should be treated much more like alcohol.

  2. daniel B. says:

    what about all the cancer patients who are in remission from liquid forms of thc? the govt hasn’t been able to get it’s dirty hands on the controlling process of hemp, so they do what they are so good at, DECEPTION & CONTROL.

  3. Jerry Sturdivant says:

    We lost the war on drugs just like we lost the war on alcohol. It’s time to surrender and legalize drugs.

  4. Mr Ed says:

    Correct Jerry, drugs were legal til 1911 and even though Civil War Veterans became hooked on opium (soldiers disease) they did not make it illegal. The mentality of a drug cop is that of the Metro Policeman that just murdered his 5 year old boy. Everything has to be perfect or destroy it or ban it. The same with the people who want to ban abortion or ammo clips. Leave people alone you control freaks.

  5. Gantura says:

    A medical malpractice attorney should be involved and should be consulted in such type if cases in every state. their are many cases in which PD has not performed the legal approach. this should be corrected in a better way.