Congress has been swatting away progress on cannabis like flies, shooting down not one but three measures on marijuana. Check out the video below to see the disappointing results unfold.
The first amendment shot down, sponsored by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Jared Polis (D-CO), would have directed the DEA, Office of National Drug Control Policy, the FDA, and other agencies to study the:
“Potential for marijuana to serve as an alternative to opioids for pain management.”
This is a natural response to the overwhelmingly positive results of its use in legal states, which has helped patients leave opioids behind.
The second amendment, also from Polis, asked the National Institute of Health and the CDC to study the:
“Medical application of marijuana and opioids for pain management.”
This would highlight the differences in relative addictiveness versus effectiveness. This amendment would have also called for a comparison of the rates of overdose deaths in cannabis-legal states versus those where it remains illegal. Those rates, already public domain, show a significant drop, almost 25%, in overdoses in states where cannabis has been legalized for adults. Cannabis users in those states use far fewer opiates than patients in non-legal states.
“Medical marijuana is a possible and likely way to reduce opioid prescription painkiller abuse for chronic pain, and unfortunately it’s hardly been explored due to government policy, in large part because of the federal government’s monopoly on legal cultivation and studies.
If it can avoid going onto narcotics like opioids which often lead to abuse, I think it can be an important part of the arsenal in dealing with this plague and epidemic of opioid abuse.” – Polis
The third amendment, attached to an opioid addiction and recovery bill, was sponsored by Reps. Scott Perry (R-PA) and Bob Dold (R-IL), along with Polis. Its purpose was to exclude plants and extracts high in CBD and low in THC from the current federal definition of marijuana, effectively removing them from the jurisdiction of the Controlled Substances Act.
Even conservative states have rallied around the acceptance of low THC/high CBD oils as an effective medicine, especially for children suffering from severe seizure disorders and cancer.
Hat trick of denial
The US House Rules Committee ruled that all three amendments were out of order, preventing them from being voted on by the House floor. Despite the cry of prohibitionists for more scientific research before legalization, they block the same research they cry for at every turn.
The nation’s leading weed-witch hunter, Kevin Sabet of Smart Approaches to Marijuana even sent out a tweet gloating over the debacle.
“We just defeated 3 more pro pot bills in Rules in the House yesterday. Pot & profiteers having a bad week.”
Once the cannabis related amendments were stripped away, both bills passed with a landslide of bipartisan support.
Should we continue to allow legislators to control decisions that should be squarely in the field of doctors and medical professionals? How far does the government reach go? Voice your opinion on social media or in the comments below.