As the world waits with bated breath on the ruling of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) decision about the rescheduling of cannabis as a Schedule 1 narcotic…this is a conversation worth tuning in. Enjoy this clip of Mr. Earl Blumenauer U.S. Representative for Oregon’s 3rd congressional district, and member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is eloquent as he addresses the house and raises many excellent points.
“I think the question before us today.. is how best are we going to address [these] issues. We have been engaged in an experiment of prohibition of marijuana that has failed spectacularly…The president has acknowledged what most American’s know: that marijuana is – well frankly – not as dangerous as to your health as tobacco – it is not as addictive. Congress is also out of touch, I would suggest. Because Congress established the schedules. According to what we have in statue, marijuana is Schedule 1 narcotic which puts it on a par with LSD and heroin, has no medicinal property and is more dangerous that coke (cocaine) and methamphetamines. I don’t think you will find any sheriff, any district attorney or any health expert who would remotely suggest that that is true.”
Mr Blumenauer continues with direct questioning of Michael Botticelli, the deputy director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. Note how the deputy director struggles to answer some very simple and pointed questions like: “What is more dangerous and more addictive, methamphetamines and cocaine or marijuana?”
Shout out to Earl Blumenauer for one of the most eloquent and epic displays of common sense we’ve seen. Very well done. Please watch and share.