Hypocrisy: The Federal Government and Marijuana

Citizens of the World,

There is an issue of much importance that I would like to discuss with you, which is the issue of hypocrisy displayed by the U.S. Federal Government.

As you may or may not be aware, a portion of every American’s taxes are used to fund the War on Drugs, a zero-tolerance drug policy that has resulted in the incarceration of millions of non-violent marijuana users. The purported reasoning behind these arrests is the supposed danger that marijuana poses to humans. If the substance is not safe, society isn’t safe around it. Seems like sound logic.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, schedules marijuana on its highest tier. This classification is reserved for substances that have the coupled characteristics of no medical value + high abuse potential. Which in other words means drugs that are used strictly for recreational purposes.

** Side note: according to feds, cocaine has more medical value than marijuana **

Such a scheduling seems appropriate, as the most common use of marijuana is smoking it to get high. However, If we look closer into the Federal Government’s stance on marijuana, things seem much less clear.

In 2001, a patent on Cannabinoids (the psychoactive component of marijuana), was granted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They received it on the basis of the chemical’s antioxidant + neuroprotective properties, as well as the treatment potential for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

At least to me, those properties appear to have huge medical value! Imagine the millions of people that could be helped! Nonetheless marijuana remains on Schedule I.

In conclusion, what we are presented with is a Federal Government that holds a patent on the main ingredient of marijuana for it’s medicinal properties, that at the same times claims that such properties are non-existent AND states that marijuana is actually harmful. This is blatant hypocrisy by elected officials, whose sworn duty is to serve and protect their constituents and society as a whole. Such two-facedness cannot and should not be tolerated.

- Anonijuana

We the people want weed legal!

6 thoughts on “Hypocrisy: The Federal Government and Marijuana

  1. What’s even sadder with this, is that if anyone tries to make a legitimate business with cannabis, the guv’mint can flop out their big ol’ patent and say, “LOOKIE HERE! WE OWNZ THC! YOU MUST PAY US $$$$$$$!!!”

    What a crock of shit this nation has turned into… How can I get the fuck out, before they jack me in and Borg me??

  2. Not only are citizens being arrested and prosecuted. They are having their right to vote and be involved in politics taken away. Which means many of these people in prison have no voice to create change.

  3. Cocaine may still have a little more historical medicinal usage than marijuana, but the two should not be categorized or treated by society based on that fact. Cocaine destroys people physically and mentally, and under its influence a person becomes a demonstrable risk to society. Marijuana makes its users happy, and under its influence a person becomes relaxed, with a moderately increased urge to consume food. Cocaine addiction causes brutal withdrawal which often leads to a life of crime in support of a habit. Marijuana does not cause physical addiction but is suspected to have mild psychologically addictive properties.
    Unfortunately, society acts, far too often, from a sense of profit rather than a sense of altruism, and perhaps the greatest mystery of the battle to legalize marijuana lies in that. Clearly, both increased revenue and greater social justice would result from the end of Prohibition, but nonetheless, as this article states, the government takes little to no action, wasting money, damaging people’s lives, and continuing its refusal to effectively focus on the drugs that actually do cause harm.

  4. Awesome job. This even goes beyond hypocrisy, into the realm of pure insanity. It just makes no sense. The feds seem to have a real bad case of reefer madness. They seem to be the ones hallucinating. They turned the world upside down on the reefer madness. just like their other war based on lies.

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