Bipartisan Letter Urges Obama To Declassify Pot As Schedule I Drug
A bipartisan letter signed by 18 congressman is asking President Obama to drop marijuana as a Schedule I drug. It’s current classification puts it on the same level as heroin and LSD, and also makes it impossible for doctors to prescribe it. The letter was composed by Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D) and said that urgent action was required on this issue.
“Classifying marijuana as Schedule I at the federal level perpetuates an unjust and irrational system,” read the letter. “We believe the current system wastes resources and destroys lives, in turn damaging families and communities. Taking action on this issue is long overdue.” The congressmen involved with the letter are asking Obama to either de-list it completely or classify it in a more appropriate manner.
Last week, Blumenauer slammed the deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy after they refused to say whether pot was more dangerous than meth. Deputy director Michael Botticelli acknowledged that “there’s relative toxicity related to those drugs,” but declined to say which was more harmful because he felt “the conversation minimizes the harm.”
The response was more than insufficient for Blumenauer. “Being unable to answer something clearly and definitively when there is unquestioned evidence to the contrary, is why young people don’t believe the propaganda, why they think it’s benign,” he said. “If a professional like you can’t answer clearly that meth is more dangerous than marijuana — which every kid on the street knows, which every parent knows — if you can’t answer that, maybe that’s why we’re failing to educate people about the dangers. How do you expect high school kids to take you seriously?”