More Hypocrisy from DEA

DEA’s irrational decision to leave marijuana in Schedule I (along with heroin) should come as no surprise from a bureaucracy that serves itself rather than the people, despite the fact that marijuana is arguably safer than alcohol and less addictive than tobacco, neither of which DEA regulates as a controlled substance.

In support of this unfortunate decision DEA cites the absence of FDA approved medical use for the substance, but this simply adds to the evidence that the entire scheme needs revision.

In medical school our cardiology professor told us that even diacetylmorphine (heroin) works better than plain morphine for congestive heart failure. Would pharmaceutical grade heroin really pose more risk than morphine or hydromorphone?

Medical preparations of ethyl alcohol exist as do a variety of preparations of nicotine as alternatives to smoking. Does any factor other than politics leave them unscheduled?

Likewise, FDA approved tetrahydrocannabinol, found in marijuana, in 1985, and U.S. patent 6,630,507 claims cannabinoid components of marijuana have value as neuroprotectants and antioxidants.

Not only should the federal government allow retail dispensing of marijuana with no more restriction or regulation than alcohol and tobacco, but it should also overhaul the current flawed scheduling system, and stop ignoring the fact that alcohol and tobacco, too, are drugs. Better yet, let us do away with DEA altogether.

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