Epilepsy Society Just Says No To DEA: Delivers Smack-Down To DEA Dictat On Marijuana Scheduling
As the reality of the DEA’s heavy-handed determination that marijuana is to remain a Schedule 1 drug–that is, one that is dangerous with a high potential for abuse and which has no medical value, the same rating as LSD, heroin, bath salts or GBH, and making it in theory more dangerous than Schedule 2 drugs like cocaine and meth–cracks are starting to show in the armor of the state.
Indeed, more and more entities are stepping up to the tell the emperor of the DEA that indeed he has no clothes. For starters, Washington state announced a couple of weeks ago that it would be licensing labs to grow marijuana for testing purposes, and conducting its own studies on marijuana despite the prohibition on this as a result of the Schedule 1 classification.
And now, no less an expert entity on the uses of marijuana than the American Epilepsy Society has also delivered a smack-down to the retrograde agency and its grizzled drug warriors still fighting Mr. Anslinger’s long-dead battles of yesteryear.
The AES has announced that the results of a study performed under its auspices shows that marijuana is indeed a valid way to reduce the frequency and severity of seizures, especially in children.
This may be news to Mrs. Reagan’s worker drones at the DEA, but there are plenty of families out there who have someone suffering from seizures who has benefited from marijuana use–whether they have to break the law to acquire it or not.
In fact one Georgia lawmaker “came out” recently as someone who drives to Colorado every few weeks to pick up weed for poor children suffering form epilepsy and their families who can’t afford such a trip.
And all this comes from a weed that cheap, easy to grow and comes from nature. Not only that, by helping children the relief provided is so much more than could have ever been imagined for many of them and their families.
Imagine watching your child suffer not a few or a dozen but hundreds of seizures a day, seizures in which the child clenches up and can easily hurt him or herself. Now imagine you can reduce the number of seizures per day to a few instead of a few hundred.
If ever there were a valid argument for making a drug legal, it would be this.
As many have already pointed out, the DEA seems to be working toward the benefit of Big Pharma with this ham-handed decision, in an attempt to keep marijuana the plant off the market just long enough for marijuana-based drug development already underway to yield fat new patents.
It’s not that they don’t believe that it can help people, it’s that they don’t care, not as long as there are Big Pharma profits to be made.
Here’s to the American Epilepsy Society taking a stand. Where are the rest of the state and regional entities who know better than the DEA what’s good for people?