Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Health

DEA Chief Admits Pot Has ‘Great Promise’ As Medicine

In a slight break from his predecessors, DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg said voters should have an intellectually honest debate about legalizing marijuana.

“I don’t recommend it, but there is other stuff in our society that is dangerous that is perfectly legal,” he said at a press briefing reported by the Washington Post.

Since taking over as DEA Chief this past May, Rosenberg told the Washington Post that he has given a great deal of thought to marijuana legalization.

He said people should not conflate the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana with medical marijuana.

The public debate, according to Rosenberg, mixes the two different issues, which he sees as distinctly different.

“There are pieces of marijuana—extracts or constituents or component parts—that have great promise” for medicinal use, Rosenberg said, according to CBS News. “But if you talk about smoking the leaf of marijuana, which is what people are talking about when they talk about medicinal marijuana, it has never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine.”

Rosenberg’s remarks coincide with the release of the DEA’s 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary, which shows that usage is up among most types of illegal drugs, except for cocaine, and that heroin posed the greatest drug threat in the United States.

The report also stated that each day, over 120 people die as a result of a drug overdose—none from marijuana.

Rosenberg’s stance on pot may not be all that legalization proponents would like to hear. However, his attitude is far more reasonable than his predecessors whose rhetoric verged on hysteria and misinformation.

Earlier this year, for example, a DEA agent warned Utah lawmakers that pot legalization could lead to getting the state’s rabbits stoned.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

HT Newsletter

Subscribe for exclusive access to deals, free giveaways and more!

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Advertisement

You May Also Like

News

A cannabis lobbying group is asking the DEA to leave cannabis research to health experts.

News

The move will make it easier for patients and caretakers to access the medication.

News

The DEA seems to be advancing plans to expand medical marijuana research.

News

This year, you can dispose of prescription drugs and vaping products.

News

The Office of the Inspector General called out the DEA for its role in the opioid epidemic.

News

The DEA needs more growers to assist in cannabis research.

News

UC Davis is teaming up with Biopharmaceutical Research Company.

News

Federal agencies are trying to free up space by burning evidence from narcotics busts to ash.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!