For years the DEA, the FDA and many prohibitionists have covertly and sometimes as in this case petitioned for cannabis to be taken out of Schedule I, and taken into Schedule II in the Federal Controlled Substances Act. Now even some of the people who regularly use cannabis have been duped into this fervor of rescheduling cannabis. Having been a guest on radio shows such as Carl’s Cannabis Corner with Carl Olsen where long time activists are flip flopping on this issue. Where on one hand they are proposing and supporting legislation to “reschedule” cannabis, and when confronted with the serious faults in this approach they say “that’s not how I mean it, I actually mean un-schedule”. There is a HUGE difference between RESCHEDULING and UN-SCHEDULE. I explained these differences to Jason Karimi who is a friend of Carl Olsen. I think that show with Mr. Karimi was the best show yet that we have had on this issue, in explaining why reschedule will cause long term harm to access for everyone in all states.
Recently on June 24th 2015 the Caucus on International Narcotics Control debated this idea of taking cannabis out of schedule I and putting it into schedule II, and the premise by those on the committee is that putting cannabis in schedule II will make it easier to research, even if it doesn’t make it fully accessible to patients.
But what everyone fails to mention or recognize, is that cannabis is THE most researched plant on the planet, with over 150 well researched patents on it. What other naturally growing plant has 150 patents on it? Even the use government has a patent on cannabis. Ref US Patent 6630507
This isn’t about needing more research. Instead this is about freeing a plant that needs less regulation than peanuts as it causes few deaths, and has less potential harm than peanuts.
Cannabis is not responsible for one single death in written history, and peanuts kill via allergies about 150 Americans a year.
So what is all of this hooraw about? This is about the pharmaceutical companies cashing in on all of their extensive research and expensive patenting processes. This is not about getting sick patients the medicine that they need. This is not about reducing the flow of non-violent offenders in our prisons, this is not about restoring liberty. This is about the money!
I have always said “Follow the money” when it comes to proposals on marijuana law. I suggest that now as well.