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Begging the question of “If she’ll do it when she gets in, why hasn’t Obama already done it in eight years,” Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to reschedule marijuana if she is elected in November, according to a statement issued by the campaign on Thursday.

The Drug Enforcement Administration earlier the same day denied a petition to remove cannabis from its controversial Schedule I classification under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, leaving it in the same class as heroin and LSD.

“Marijuana is already being used for medical purposes in states across the country, and it has the potential for even further medical use,” said Maya Harris, a senior policy advisor to the Clinton campaign, reports The Denver Post. “As Hillary Clinton has said throughout this campaign, we should make it easier to study marijuana so that we can better understand its potential benefits, as well as its side effects.”

The DEA’s scientifically unsupportable decision to keep marijuana on Schedule I underline the federal government’s official position that there isn’t enough evidence to show that any “specific benefits” cannabis might offer would outweigh “known risks.”

Maya Harris, Hillary Clinton Campaign: "Quote" [United States Department of Labor]
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Maya Harris, Hillary Clinton Campaign:
“As president, Hillary will build on the important steps announced today by rescheduling marijuana from a a Schedule I to a Schedule II substance”
[United States Department of Labor]

The Clinton campaign, however, seems to be disagreeing with the DEA, and contends that if she is elected President, she would reclassify the drug to Schedule II, which would make it easier to get approval for medical studies.

“As president, Hillary will build on the important steps announced today by rescheduling marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II substance,” Harris said. “She will also ensure Colorado, and other states that have enacted marijuana laws, can continue to serve as laboratories of democracy.”

The “important steps” referenced by Harris are the one area of progress: The DEA will no longer confine federal cannabis cultivation to just one location, at The University of Mississippi in Oxford. Supposedly, additional locations will soon be approved to grow the weed used in federal medical research.

Schedule II, unfortunately, comes with its own set of huge problems. For context, cocaine and methamphetamine, both very illegal substances, are Schedule II drugs. And a Schedule II classification would effectively throw control of medical marijuana to Big Pharma and away from the mom-and-pop medical cannabis industry which is now thriving.

Additionally, according to some parents of children facing epileptic seizures and other conditions treatable with cannabis, Schedule II could well make it even more difficult to obtain cannabinoid medicines for children than is currently the case. “And Schedule III would be just as bad,” an Oregon mom told Toke Signals on Thursday.

So the sad reality is that Clinton’s timid, tepid, wishy-washy form of “liberalism” only allows her to make the milquetoast move of admitting that, “OK, we’ve been wrong for 46 years about marijuana being as dangerous as heroin. Now our policy is that it’s only as dangerous as meth and cocaine, so we’re handing it over to Big Pharma.”

Could huge campaign contributions from giant pharmaceutical corporations possibly play a part in this political pivot? Hillary has received more campaign cash from drug companies than any candidate in either party, even as she proudly claims the industry is one of her biggest enemies.

And more importantly, how long must we wait for cannabis to be DE-scheduled? A healthful, life-giving herb which has never caused a single human fatality obviously doesn’t belong anywhere on a list of “controlled substances.”

As for Clinton herself, she claims to be a pot virgin; if she’s to be believed, she’s never taken a single toke of cannabis.

 

 

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