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Eric Holder Challenged on Schedule I Status of Marijuana

Attorney General Eric Holder grilled on weed policy by Congress.

Attorney General Eric Holder was grilled on Administration marijuana policy by Congress.

“Your premise is wrong. We are enforcing the laws of the land,” [Attorney General Eric] Holder said. “The question I have for you which you haven’t answered is: Would you have us prosecute every marijuana possession case that exists in the United States of America? Would you have us do that?” [Politico]

WHEN REPUBLICANS questioned Eric Holder on marijuana prosecutions, their big concern was whether he was enforcing the Controlled Substance Act, which also revolves around giving banking system access to weed businesses in Colorado and Washington, though the latter is far behind in advancing their recently passed referenda on legalization.

Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen quickly got to the heart of the issue, which someone in Washington must take up before we can move forward on legal medical marijuana without the legal sword hanging over people’s heads.

“In my humble opinion — and, I think, the majority of people in this country — there’s no way that marijuana should be Schedule I, because it’s not in the same class as heroin, as is LSD,” Cohen said. “There are certainly medical bases…for multiple sclerosis, for children with epilepsy and seizures, and so it has medical benefit. Schedule I says no medical benefit. Well, that’s just fallacious. … Why will you not act?”

Cohen said it was strange that Obama administration has proudly taken executive action on immigration, environmental and labor policies, but not on reclassifying marijuana. “Why won’t the administration act with the pen and the phone to help people out?” the congressman asked.

“I think we actually have acted in a responsible way,” Holder replied.

When Cohen said it was “obvious” that marijuana was miscategorized, the attorney general gave an answer that captured the disparate views on display at the hearing.

“What’s obvious to one perhaps is not obvious to another,” Holder said.

It’s a plainly ignorant answer from Holder, especially if he’d look at the medical evidence lately provided for children with epilepsy, to name one instance where the properties of pot, after stripping the high factor, clearly have been proven to aid medically.

For all the gains on decriminalization and medical marijuana access, the Schedule I status of weed remains the biggest threat to full access to a substance that is not a gateway to harder substances, but unlike alcohol, has actual medicinal properties that can be utilized by a wide swath of people.

The other issue is that if adults want to buy and smoke weed in their homes we should be allowed to do so without the government landing on our heads.

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7 Responses to Eric Holder Challenged on Schedule I Status of Marijuana

  1. cjoblak@hotmail.com April 9, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    Please God, get rid of Eric Holder.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter April 9, 2014 at 10:36 am #

      “The other issue is that if adults want to buy and smoke weed in their homes we should be allowed to do so without the government landing on our heads.”

      EXACTLY. Isn’t it funny all these small gobment, libercontrarians,anti abortion rights republicans and wingnuts are just FINE with pot laws…..NOT!

      “Please God, get rid of Eric Holder.”

      There ya go….beg a non-existent supernatural-superstition entity to do what ya’ll can’t accomplish at the polls…sweet…keep on directing your energy and efforts there…PLEASE!!

  2. cjoblak@hotmail.com April 9, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    Not only are you stupid, Suc, you are a stupid bigot.

  3. PaperbackRuyter April 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    From the books I’ve read on the Obama administration Holder seems like a thoughtful guy that tries to do a good job, although there is a lot I disagree with him on. He is hampered by the schizophrenic policies of his boss, and that is the case here.

    Marijuana has legitimate medical uses and should not be a schedule 1. For whatever reason though this administration tries to split the baby. On the one hand they look the other way at states that have legalized marijuana, while on the other keep it a schedule 1 and say there’s no legitimate usage.

  4. fangio April 10, 2014 at 12:17 am #

    ” His administration tries to split the baby . ” Well , you know , he’ll tell you that he’s just enforcing the law. Thats why 700,000 illegal immigrants were separated from their families and thrown into private prisons awaiting deportation. There’s just nothing he can do about it , it’s not his fault.

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