Oh no, Chuck! Those comments you made about medical marijuana being a joke? They failed to leave a whole lot of folks laughing. In fact, at the time of this writing, a petition nearing 8,000 signatures is calling for Obama to remove Chuck Rosenberg from his position as the head of the DEA.
When making such bombastic comments about the lack of validity in using medical marijuana, it helps when they are backed up by, ya’ know, facts. Though, it was immediately clear that we have found the opposite to be true, time and time again. Even if one was to pick apart the Chief's statement, it is hard to give him any grace.
He claimed that when talking about medical marijuana, people meant smoking it and that smoking it was illegitimate in any medical application. Well, sir, marijuana comes in lots of forms — oils, salves, and pills, in addition to the more popularly consumed buds and leaf — and no matter the form "people are talking about," they have all been proven medically sound.
I cannot say that I agree completely with the petition; at one point, Chuck Rosenberg seemed to be the breath of fresh air that we needed when compared to the former administration head. Though, its language should make it clear that he cannot hold such a viewpoint without some very aggressive scrutinization:
"Medical marijuana is not a "joke" to the millions of seriously ill patients in a growing number of states who use it legally in accordance with doctors' recommendations.
It is not a "joke" to the growing number of prominent medical organizations — American Nurses Association, American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, for example — who know that cannabis has real and proven medical benefits.
President Obama should fire Chuck Rosenberg and appoint a new DEA administrator who will respect science, medicine, patients and voters."