Mark Kleiman defends Obama’s decision not to reschedule marijuana in general because it is not a “specific cannabis preparation” which can be subject to clinical trails proving it has accepted medical value. The problem is this argument simply doesn’t stand up given how the federal government’s drug scheduling system treats other raw plants.
|By: Jon Walker Friday February 14, 2014 11:15 am|
The President controls the executive branch of the government. That is a big part of his job. This means much of what the “President does” isn’t technically done directly by the President, instead he orders the people who he appointed to his cabinet to carry out his policies.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 12, 2014 10:07 am|
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) along with seventeen other members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama asking him to reschedule marijuana. The letter requests that Obama “instruct Attorney General Holder to delist or classify marijuana in a more appropriate way, at the very least eliminating it from Schedule I or II.”
|By: Jon Walker Monday February 3, 2014 7:50 am|
The controversy caused by President Obama lying about his ability to reschedule marijuana has sparked a debate about how important such a move would really be. For example, Professor Mark Kleiman claims it would have almost no impact because there is currently no FDA approved marijuana.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 8, 2013 11:15 am|
On Monday the United States Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal regarding the rescheduling of marijuana. The case Americans for Safer Access V. DEA involved a coalition of medical marijuana groups suing the U.S. government to move marijuana from Schedule I, the most serious category for drugs.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday August 22, 2013 11:50 am|
The possibility of arrest is only a small part of how legitimate medical marijuana patients are significantly punished because the Obama administration refuses to use its power to remove marijuana from Schedule I. Over the years the legal tentacles of the war on drugs have been allowed to touch all parts of federal policy, from gun rights to education.
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 30, 2012 9:15 am|
While attending the White House Correspondents’ dinner Attorney General Eric Holder admitted to the Huffington Post that President Obama misled Rolling Stone about federal marijuana law. Obama claimed he “can’t nullify Congressional law” when it comes to medical marijuana, even though the Controlled Substance Act actually gives the Executive branch the authority to “reschedule” (reclassify) marijuana without Congressional action.