No matter how many lives it’s saved, how many studies show its potential as medicine, how many people advocate for legalization, or how many states legalize it for medical and recreational use, the feds still refuse to give cannabis any credit.
Marijuana Remains Schedule Class I Substance…Considered More Dangerous than Meth and Cocaine
Falling into the same drug classification as heroin, marijuana is still on the list of Schedule I Substances. If we adhere to the government’s drug classification system (which we certainly don’t), cannabis is considered one of the most dangerous drugs there is. According to the feds, cocaine, meth, oxy, ketamine, Ritalin, Adderall, suboxone, steroids, methadone, and more are all safer than marijuana.
While the government is taking a serious look into the opioid crisis that’s ravaging the nation, marijuana enforcement still remains high priority. In a press conference on Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made it known that his DOJ is working “very hard right now” on marijuana enforcement.
Marijuana Remains a “Federal Violation”
Despite medical marijuana being legal in 29 states and the nation’s capital, the federal government still wants to see it shut down. Forget the fact that its saving lives and offering countless people the relief they need from debilitating conditions. According to Sessions, it still “represents a federal violation.”
Sessions has long-been outspoken about his views about weed. When questioned about the Cole Memo, Sessions had the following to say:
“It’s my view that the use of marijuana is detrimental, and we should not give encouragement in any way to it. It represents a federal violation which is in the law and is subject to being enforced, and our priorities will have to be focused on all the things and challenges we face. We’ve got fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and marijuana and other drugs. So, we’ll be working our way through to a rational policy. But I don’t want to suggest in any way that this department believes that marijuana is harmless and people should not avoid it.”
Not only does the DOJ think marijuana is a dangerous drug, but they believe its just as dangerous as some of the most damaging drugs known. You’ve got 91 people dying each day in the US from opioid overdoses, and meth is making a chilling comeback. All it takes is a dose of fentanyl the size of 3 grains of sand to kill someone. Cannabis is curing cancer, but you’ve got the federal government keeping it in the same classification with the most dangerous drugs in the world.
When you’ve got the powers that be putting marijuana in the same sentence as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, it’s apparent that something’s definitely amiss. As strongly as we believe old systems are crumbling, it seems there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done.