Are the Feds telegraphing rescheduling? Obama, Feinstein, Reid & Holder pushing for medical marijuana!
President Barack Obama, January 27, 2014 to New Yorker Magazine.
“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
President Obama opens up on pot in this wonderful interview for David Remnick at the New Yorker.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, Jan 16, 2014 at a Senate Hearing.
“I oppose the legalization of marijuana in California with most of law enforcement. We beat it back that time. Whether we’ll beat it back the next time, I have no clue. I believe that it is the wrong thing to do socially. I believe that it is a gateway drug. I believe that it leads to other things and that the fronting for methamphetamine is one of them. It’s one thing to use it with a doctor’s prescription to ease pain, particularly in a terminal situation, I understand that. And there are probably components of certain kinds of marijuana that can be used to treat babies medically; we’re seeing that happen.”
Senator Harry Reid, January 16, 2014 to the Las Vegas Sun.
“If you’d asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer – I would have said no, because (marijuana) leads to other stuff,” the Senate majority leader told the Sun today. “But I can’t say that anymore.”
“I think we need to take a real close look at this,” Reid went on. “I think that there’s some medical reasons for marijuana.”
“He was so skinny and doing so poorly and somebody told him and his mom, you know, you should smoke some marijuana, because one of the side effects is … you get the munchies, you get extremely hungry,” Reid said. “He tried it and sure enough, he was able to eat for the first time, he got hungry. So I thought, you know there might be some medical reasons for taking another look at this.”
Reid cited CNN and NPR reports about children suffering from seizures as well…
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, January 23, 2014 to Time Magazine.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that legal marijuana sellers should have access to banks, and he indicated the Justice Department was preparing guidelines that would help pot shops cope with the challenge of running their businesses in cash.
“You don’t want just huge amounts of cash in these places. They want to be able to use the banking system,” Holder said during a discussion at the University of Virginia. “There’s a public safety component to this. Huge amounts of cash—substantial amounts of cash just kind of lying around with no place for it to be appropriately deposited is something that would worry me, just from a law enforcement perspective.”
John Entwistle says: It appears that these people have speaking points which indicates coordination on a policy point. It looks like they may be leaning towards rescheduling which could lead to the removal of cannabis from the Schedule entirely if HHS recommends it. The two senators mentioning children using cannabis is especially telling and is one of the reasons that we support rescheduling over legalizing with age limits and other controls that would hurt patients.