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DEA Director Calls Medical Marijuana a “Joke”

Join the discussion: DEA Chief Says Medical Marijuana Is a ‘Joke’

Apparently, to be the head of the Drug Enforcement Agency, you must ignore Science and believe that marijuana has no medicinal value and is as bad as heroin. The interim DEA Director, Chuck Rosenberg, has now called medical marijuana a “joke”.

Chuck Rosenberg - Interim Director of the DEA

What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it’s not.” We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don’t call it medicine — that is a joke…. There are pieces of marijuana — extracts or constituents or component parts — that have great promise” medicinally, he said. “But if you talk about smoking the leaf of marijuana — which is what people are talking about when they talk about medicinal marijuana — it has never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine.

The previous Director of the DEA, Michele Leonhart, resigned due to scandals and after she refused to admit that marijuana is less harmful than heroin, when asked by Congress.

This flies in the face of thousands of years of cannabis use as medicine by humans. It is also an insult to those in the medical profession who’ve seen the positive results of marijuana in treating a wide range of illnesses. Indeed, medical marijuana is now LEGAL in 25 states. Yet, the DEA still lives in a dream world regarding marijuana. No doubt their budget is heavy with money for marijuana suppression. And the War on Drugs continues unabated by reality.