Marijuana Has No Accepted Medical Use, DEA Decrees
The Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis filed a petition in 2002 to reclassify weed, and nothing happened. This spring, they filed a lawsuit demanding that the DEA finally attend to the request. The DEA sent them a big "no" on June 21, and their response was published yesterday.
The LA Times quotes Joe Elford, the chief counsel of Americans for Safe Access: "We have foiled the government's strategy of delay, and we can now go head-to-head on the merits." Yeahhhh! But then they also quote him saying "One of the things people say about marijuana is that it gives you the munchies and the truth is that it does, and for some people that's a very positive thing."
And the above quote is a good illustration of one reason we're not going to get widespread access to medical pot in this country for a long, long time. As long as medical marijuana advocates continue to toss around stoner terminology, squares will continue to think of the harmless plant as a drug and associate it with various societal ills, and no progress will be made. "Munchies," dude? You're a lawyer. Damn.