American citizens are not too happy with the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) these days. Recently, the DEA has been exposed for its failure to fire (or even seriously punish) agents who abuse their positions (i.e. agents busted having “sex parties” with prostitutes paid for with Colombian drug cartel money). The agency has also come under fire for building “a massive wiretapping operation in the Los Angeles suburbs, secretly intercepting tens of thousands of Americans’ phone calls and text messages to monitor drug traffickers across the United States despite objections from Justice Department lawyers who fear the practice may not be legal.”
However, remarks by DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg damning medical cannabis have drawn the ire of medicinal tree advocates across the nation. According to Mother Jones, at a press conference earlier this month, Chief Rosenberg said, “What really bothers me is the notion that [cannabis] is also medicinal—because it’s not…We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don’t call it medicine—that is a joke.”
Medical cannabis advocates aren’t having. Activist group Marijuana Majority started a petition online to urge President Obama to oust Rosenberg for dissing medicinal bud, which has been proven to cure a wide variety of ailments. To date, more than 117,000 people have signed the petition at Change.org, which partially reads:
Medical marijuana is not a “joke” to the millions of seriously ill patients in a growing number of states who use it legally in accordance with doctors’ recommendations.
It is not a “joke” to the growing number of prominent medical organizations — American Nurses Association, American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, for example — who know that cannabis has real and proven medical benefits.
And it’s not a “joke” to the clear majority of U.S voters who support passing laws to protect medical marijuana patients from harassment by police and the DEA.
Check out the petition here.