As we mentioned the other day, the DEA has a pink-elephant-playing-tuba-really-fucking-loud-in-the-room vested interest in keeping marijuana listed in Schedule 1 (with the FDA, of all freaking agencies, chiming in.) And that’s not going to change; bureaucracies never willingly shed duties/people/authority, they only accumulate more and more. Especially when they have lots of guns.
So it appears we will have to rely, crazy as it seems, on Congress. 1 I know, I know; but there are members in that normally venal and corrupt institution who also believe this needs be changed:
“There are Americans who can realize real medical benefits if this treatment option is brought out of the shadows, and choosing to ignore the medical value of marijuana defies common sense and the scientific evidence.” – Sen. Cory Booker
“Bad news: @DEAHQ refused to reschedule marijuana. This has wide implications for med research, law enforcement & business. … I’ll keep pushing our federal agencies to reschedule marijuana as part of crafting a rational research & public health strategy.” – Sen. Elizabeth Warren
“Time for #DEA to remove marijuana from Sched 1 to expand #medicalmarijuana research & ensure families in need get legal access to treatment.” – Sen. Kirsten Gellibrand
“It’s well past time for us to take marijuana off the federal government’s list of outlawed drugs. …Keeping marijuana in the same category as heroin is absurd. The time is long overdue for us to remove the federal prohibition on marijuana. … If we are serious about criminal justice reform, we must remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act. – Sen. Bernie Sanders
“Disappointed by @DEAHQ. We must act to allow access to banking for marijuana biz in states with legalized marijuana” – Sen. Jeff Merkley
“The @DEAHQ is keeping federal law on marijuana behind the times. Will continue to press for rescheduling.” – Sen. Ron Wyden
No time like the present. You can easily write your Senator right here..