17 Congressional Members Request A Reschedule Of Cannabis From Obama
Recently, a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders sent a letter to President Obama. The letter requested that he ask Attorney General Eric Holder to reschedule marijuana possession. This would change the way that marijuana would be prosecuted under the terms of the Controlled Substances Act to Schedule II. This would effectively mean that people would be punished on a similar level as having Oxycontin without any kind of prescription.
Following The Letter:
There is a fair bit of irony associated with the letter. The implication is that a Schedule I drug will typically not have any potential for abuse, which will tend to be associated with very little safety. There are a few different studies that have shown that the drug itself can be used to treat a few different types of diseases and other ailments.(here, here, here) It is important to note that alcohol and tobacco are legal, yet they tend to be widely available for millions of people each year. They are often heavily promoted at a few different levels. It is also important to note that there has no been any mortality associated with cannabis use, which calls in to question why it has received its current classification. This has many marijuana advocates pushing for a reschedule that will assign marijuana its proper designation over time. This is a direct challenge to many of the different types of schedule conditions that typically surround the way that the drug may be used.
There are also plenty of reasons why marijuana itself should be rescheduled. Within the United States, there is currently 1 billion being spent on different types of cannabis incarcerations. Of these records, 88% will tend to be possession charges. During the course of 2005, it was estimated that 785,000 people had been arrested for the use of cannabis. There are also many federal statistics that indicate that marijuana use is fairly prevalent among many segments of the population. Currently, over 94 million people over the age of 12 have reportedly used marijuana at some point in their lives. This actually represents over 40 percent of the current population within the country. This sets up an obvious question, since millions of innocents are being treated like criminals under the current law schedule.
It is important that this issue has been finally address by members of congress.
The letter goes on to mention that Cocaine and Methamphetamine represent a far more dangerous threat than marijuana does over time. Tobacco currently kills 443,000 people every year. It will be important for political leaders to address the credibility of the way that the current laws are managed. The first step in this process will be to simply re-classify how marijuana is handled at the federal level. This can help prevent a few different types of judicial and criminal acts from occurring.
Many members of Congress provided their signatures for this letter, indicating their solidarity for this change. These members are looking forward to when cannabis may be rescheduled in a way that tends to make more sense for how it should be prosecuted.