Yesterday, in a room full of House members representing both the donkey and the elephant, Democratic Representative, Earl Blumenauer, of Oregon eagerly addressed the crowed on the topic of cannabis. Blumenauer has caused a bit of a media ruckus for this passionate uproar.
“Because the federal government is lying to people by saying that marijuana is more dangerous than meth and cocaine, it means the other things that are said about dangerous drugs and personal behavior is undercut. And we’ve had the experience in hearings where experts from the administration cannot tell you how many people died from a marijuana overdose last year. Spoiler alert- it’s zero! The first time it happens, it will be news and people will know.”
Blumenauer is referring to the fact that cannabis is still listed as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, which was signed into law in 1970 by President Nixon, when he says the federal government is lying. Heroin is, also, listed as a Schedule I drug in the company of marijuana, but cocaine and meth are classified one tier safer, as Schedule II substances.
One of the classifications to be a Schedule I substance is to have no accepted medical use in the United States. The federal government does not recognize that cannabis has medicinal uses, according to this classification, but fifty-percent of state governments have legalized medical marijuana.
He also used the opportunity to clarify the truth about the marijuana overdose myth. Zero people died from marijuana last year. To date, the most shared marijuana article on social media is from a satire site claiming that thirty-seven people overdosed from marijuana on the first day of legalization in Colorado. Many people in America did not realize that was a joke, so Blumenauer is spreading the word- ZERO!
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