When I was a little girl smoking pot with my big sister under a graffiti ridden bridge, I always fantasized of walking up to the DEA HQ in D.C. and telling them to personally fuck right off before promptly shitting on their front lawn. Today I was given one of those opportunities, and while I save up my feces for my next Washington trip, it feels very affirming to deliver an argument backing up my profanity.
Last month U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Chief Administrator, Michele Leonhart, was asked whether she felt marijuana was as harmful as other Schedule I drugs such as heroin by Rep. Jared Polis. After her refusal to answer the question several time, she finally responded with an eloquent, “all illegal drugs are bad.” The words shocked the many pot smokers in congress, sounding as if Leonhart had just come from a South Park marathon.
But this is no hippie rant. Science disagrees with you, Mrs. Leonhart. A recent study sponsored by the State of California and published in the Open Neurology Journal called the federal classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug “not accurate” and “not tenable” and concluded that marijuana does indeed provide relief to patients who suffer chronic pain.
Obviously Leonhart is entitled to her opinion, just as you are. Perhaps her opinion should consider legitimate research studies into her decision and law making. Tell her what’s on your mind.
Maybe you want to ask her why she believes marijuana is “bad”, even if government-funded science disagrees. Maybe you want to tell her to fuck right off.
Leonhart’s backward logic that marijuana is bad because it is illegal demonstrates how nonsensical our drug laws truly are. The federal government’s position directly contradicts the best science available on the subject. This is despite President Obama’s 2009 claim that “science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of my Administration.”
This latest study provides the President and the DEA yet another opportunity to honor this promise and make the rational, compassionate decision to reschedule marijuana in accordance with its medical benefits.
Next step, comprehensive decriminalization of drugs and funding for treatment of addition as a public health issue.