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October 08, 2011

Yet Another Example of Federal Drug Insanity

Nearly fifteen years after a comfortable majority of Californians voted to allow a long-overdue study of the medical attributes of cannabis (“marijuana”), the federal government Department of Justice, is still adamant that it must remain an illegal drug without any recognized medical use. Yesterday morning Melinda Haag, US Attorney for Northern California, announced a new campaign against the thriving medical marijuana market that has followed California's example since 1998 and now numbers a total of 16 states, despite the best efforts of Clinton’s drug czar to nip it in the bud; before 1996 had even ended.

At some point, one is forced to wonder when the American Public will finally understand that federal drug policy may be the best example of a popular definition of insanity one could imagine.

Haag’s cliche-laden announcement also reveals that federal policy under Obama’s DEA is just as intellectually dishonest and cognitively incompetent as it was under Bush and Clinton. In other words, the Controlled Substances Act authored by jailbird Attorney General John Mitchell in 1969 at the behest of then-President Nixon, still relies on threats and fear over science and ordinary common sense to impose its benighted “marijuana” doctrine. Shades of Harry Anslinger.

It may be that the American Public, long beguiled by federal dishonesty on the subject of drugs and blinded to our expensive efforts to enforce a failing prohibition, will finally wake up. Or it may not. In any event, the popular response to their latest insanity in the nation with the world’s largest (and least affordable) prison system should be interesting, to say the least.

Doctor Tom

Posted by tjeffo at October 8, 2011 05:27 PM