Reefer Madness Continues, Federal Government Claims Cannabis Has NO Medical Value
By Denton Ramsey
Talk about infuriating the cannabis masses.
The Obama Administration and the United States Federal Government did just that on Friday, July 8, claiming cannabis has no medical value.
I am angered all the time when reading the daily news, but this one takes the Gold.
In the State’s latest reefer madness, and in a federal decision handed down on July 8, our federal government has ruled that cannabis “has no accepted medical use and should remain classified as a dangerous drug like heroin.”
That quote is straight from the lead of the breaking news story in the Los Angeles Times.
Say it with me now, advocates: REEFER MADNESS.
Now for the good news.
Because of Friday’s decision, advocates also now have reason to celebrate.
This latest decision now allows advocates to appeal to the federal courts, leaving groups such as Americans For Safe Access in an emotional elation.
“We have foiled the government’s strategy of delay, and we can now go head-to-head on the merits, that marijuana really does have therapeutic value,” Joe Elford, the chief counsel for Americans for Safe Access and the lead counsel on the recently filed lawsuit, told the LA Times.
Unfortunately, history isn’t on the side of advocates.
Thrice now, petitions to reclassify cannabis have been denied.
The first occurred in 1972, being denied 17 years later in 1989; the second came in 1995 and was denied in 2001.
Both of those decisions were appealed, but as advocates already know, the federal courts sided with the U.S. government.
Let’s raise some meds and some glass to hoping this third time of appealing is the crystal-clear charm for cannabis…