The DEA’s Decision…

Cannabis has been approved on the state level for medicinal purposes… but on Thurday August 11th the DEA refused to loosen any restrictions they currently have on medical marijuana leaving it as a scheduled 1 controlled substance. Now what does this mean? This means that our DEA refuses to acknowledge that cannabis has medical benefits as a scheduled 1 substance is defined as a substance with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” REALLY?!?!?!?!?!!! Something that has been proven to treat symptoms from epilepsy to alzehimers, slow progressive illness such as parkensons, and improve anxiety/depression/PTSD is being willfully ignored in order to leave this substance in the same classification as heroin.

Now lets THINK about this for a minute…

Their statement reads “The DEA and the FDA continue to believe that scientifically valid and well-controlled clinical trials conducted under investigational new drug (IND) applications are the most appropriate way to conduct research on the medicinal uses of marijuana,” and I am not trying to argue that is incorrect but I have a hard time understanding why it they refuse to accept trials already completed showing medicinal benefits of cannabis. By leaving cannabis as a scheduled one substance they are completely ignoring the fact that it has already shown to be medicinally benefical for multiple studies and multile illnesses. Why is that just disreguarded?

Additionally look at who is funding the majority of the current research being done on cannabis, a federal agency called the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In the NAME of this agency is has the word ABUSE. What does that mean?? It means that the majority of the funding of cannabis research is being done to determine its harm and abuse potential, not to focus on its benefits. How is that ethical? Well when you think about it its not, its a skewed view to keep this medicine from the majority of people because we are researching the worst of this medication instead of looking for its potential. We are turning a blind eye to the possible people this could help and instead looking for the side effects.

Lets Compare for a Minute…

        Its not bad to recognize the negatives but we shouldnt be searching for them, we dont do that with other medications. We should follow other drug trials where we look for the potential and then note the side effects and weigh out the positives and negatives of the medications with each patinet use. Think about chemotherapy, think about how fucking awful it is to make a person go through chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is used for a few different reasons: to cure, to treat symptoms or to prolong life depending on the patient and the agressiveness of the disease. Now cannabis doesnt cure but it does slow progression, it has been seen to decrease the size of tumors, it treats symptoms, and helps prolong the life of cancer patients. Now chemotherapy doestroys all cells in patients not just cancer cells but becuase it has been shown to be effective it is given to patients daily to treat cancer. Side effects of chemotherapy include from hair loss, lack of apetite, nausea, immune system suppression and more while side effects of cannabis include drowsyness, increased appetitie, and the giggles. Now I will acknowledge that cannabis has been seen to have worse side effects such as stunted brain development, or an increased respiratory workload but seeing as that is as bad as it goes, how is it that chemotherapy has been given enough research and funding so that it can poision your body to treat you but cannabis is still being considered as bad as heroin. 

Final Contradiction…

While the DEA continues to keep the Schedule I status, ignoring all medical benefit, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services concurrently holds a patent on cannabinoids for a wide range of medicinal purposes. How can the DEA continue to turn a blind eye to the benefits that are currently patented by other government agencies for specific medicinal purposes? DOES THIS NOT BOTHER ANYONE ELSE?!?!?!?!? With as many people as this medication can help why is it continued to be held in such a negative reguard? The longer it remains classified as schedule 1, the longer the majority of the United States will remain in the dark about the benefits of this medication. 

*Sigh* And the world goes on…

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