Reefer madness, was a film originally financed by a church group that was released in the late 1930’s depicting the potential evils of Marijuana.
The madness seems to have reached Washington, Madness indeed!
Marijuana is and has been the most commonly used illegal substance in the U.S., and more than half of states in the country allow medical marijuana. Eight states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing its use recreationally.
However John Kelly, the Homeland Security Secretary has called marijuana a “gateway drug” and vowed his agency will uphold federal laws against its possession.
“Let me be clear about marijuana. It is a potentially dangerous gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs,” Kelly said during a speech about his agency’s mission at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
“Its use and possession is against federal law and until the law is changed by the United States Congress, we in DHS, along with the rest of the federal government, are sworn to uphold all the laws that are on the books,” he added.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been a longtime opponent of cannabis, remains opposed even for medicinal use “It remains a violation of federal law,” he said. “I don’t think America will be a better place when more people, especially young people, smoke pot.”
Medical studies continue to say otherwise, the National Academy of Sciences released nearly 400 page report earlier this year based on 10,000 research studies, whereby the therapeutic benefits and risk factors of marijuana were weighed and compared. The review was conducted by a panel of experts led by Harvard public health researcher Marie McCormack, also
The review clearly states that there is “conclusive or substantial evidence” that marijuana is effective for the treatment of chronic pain, treating spasticity in multiple sclerosis patients, and as a tonic for nausea and vomiting in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, also providing convincing evidence that marijuana may be an effective treatment for a host of other disorders — such as insomnia relating to painful syndromes, increasing appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, decreasing severe anxiety, glaucoma, and combating the effects of PTSD.
The review also looked at the health risks associated with marijuana use, dispelling some popular arguments against it and according to the review, smoking marijuana is not associated with the same cancer risks as tobacco — there was no evidence that marijuana use was associated with lung, head, and neck cancers. Tobacco is recreationally legal nationwide.
“It just reinforces what our policy makers should already know, This is a product with significantly lower risk factors than other things that we regulate and consume, like alcohol.” said McCormack. “
Marijuana is also far less risky than another common pain relievers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Tylenol, generically marketed as acetaminophen is the leading cause for calls to Poison Control Centers across the states., more than 100,000 per year and is responsible for more than 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations and an estimated 458 deaths due to acute liver failure.
Acetaminophen poisoning is responsible for nearly half of all acute liver failure cases in the US and can be toxic to your liver even at recommended doses when taken daily for just a couple of weeks.
But, unlike cigarettes, children can easily buy it over the counter.
During his campaign, President Trump said he supported the use of medical marijuana. Earlier this month, after signing his $1 trillion spending bill, he publicly objected to a provision in the bill that would prohibit the Justice Department from using any funds to block implementation of medical marijuana laws by states and U.S. territories.
Despite the fact that a government sponsored poll conducted earlier this year showed that 57 percent of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana, Attorney General Sessions expressed astonishment.
To my knowledge, there has never been a recorded overdose death associated with marijuana, meanwhile the death toll from cigarettes, alcohol and Acetaminophen combined run to the millions.
And now, Kelly, Sessions and even President Trump, who have never had to experience being on chemotherapy and crawling to a bathroom in order to vomit from its effects, now seem to be making marijuana a major problem.
All the while, ignoring what the majority of the American public, we the people they work for, want.
It make you wonder, what are THEY smoking?