Clarifying the purported facts about cannabis (a.k.a., marihuana) law reform

Montana is far from the only state currently struggling to come up with reasonable cannabis law reform, but apparently we are setting precedent for Colorado and perhaps others to follow.  Their legislature has attempted to put a ridiculous amount of restrictions on the popular industry, just like ours did recently; and, perhaps encouraged after watching us win in court, there has now been a lawsuit filed in Colorado challenging the restrictive new law which went into effect on July 1st.

However, while all this is going on the U.S. Attorney General’s office has issued another one of their infamous memos, threatening prosecution for any large-scale operations or anybody else they don’t like who is violating federal law.  Which, if you believe the AG’s office, is everybody ‘purporting’ to distribute and/or use cannabis as medicine.

The problems with our government’s view of this plant are obviously extensive, to put it mildly; but there is one key element of ignorance involved here which may be instrumental in achieving substantial and beneficial cannabis law reform in the near future.

The government likes to argue that cannabis cannot be medicine because it is a “schedule I narcotic”, but the Controlled Substances Act which originally gave the plant this status is clearly written with a different intent — showing, instead, that any substances being used as doctor-sanctioned medicine clearly do not meet the stringent requirements of the law.  Which is precisely why AG Eric Holder was recently reported to be worried about the plant’s medical status being “de facto legalization.”

Once our government officially recognizes the vast medical utility and well-documented safety of cannabis sativa, the prohibition of this sacred plant is officially over.  This is why they keep issuing memorandums full of double-speak and strategically-placed words like “purported”, so their lawyers can exploit the gray areas of legalese which allow these types of actions to go unabated.   Although it does seem rather doubtful that many judges will be sympathetic to the government’s plight in this case — hopelessly trying to defend an insanely expensive and ignorant, violent war against a plant with known medical uses and a safety record better than Tylenol.

Ignorance is no excuse in the eyes of the law, so why is it different when the President and his administration are the ones breaking the law?  To be perfectly clear, that is what we are talking about — it is a violation of the Controlled Substances Act to continue labeling cannabis as a “schedule I narcotic”, at most the plant might be construed to warrant a “schedule III” rating — like the DEA has now given to all synthetic and natural derivatives of the plant being used in pharmaceuticals.  Of which, there are at least sixty locations in various states legally producing cannabis sanctioned by the DEA for medical purposes.

Yet, they still claim the plant is more dangerous than cocaine or meth — both of which are “schedule II”, making the whole gateway theory laughable at best.  And leaving the overwhelming majority of Americans at odds with the insanity being displayed by our fearless leader, who is purported to be running for re-election.


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