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DEA Drops Inaccurate Cannabis Claims From Website

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    DEA Drops Inaccurate Cannabis Claims From Website


    In a remarkable about-face, the US Drug Enforcement Administration on Monday removed inaccurate information about the purported dangers of cannabis from the agency’s website.

    The change came after the nonprofit advocacy group Americans for Safe Access filed a legal petition calling for the DEA to remove the incorrect claims. Filed on Dec. 5, the petition argues that the misleading statements—among which that cannabis can cause psychosis, lung cancer, and permanent cognitive damage—violate the federal Information Quality Act, designed to ensure integrity of information published by federal agencies.

    Steph Sherer, ASA’s executive director, cheered the agency’s removal of the claims.  “The DEA’s removal of these popular myths about cannabis from their website could mean the end of the Washington gridlock” she said in a statement. “The federal government now admits that cannabis is not a gateway drug, and doesn’t cause long-term brain damage, or psychosis.”

    An online document titled “The Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana Abuse,” contained the misleading statements, which were contradicted in an August 2016 document published by the DEA itself. This past September, then-US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said cannabis is not, in fact, a gateway drug. “We usually … are talking about individuals that started out with a prescription drug problem,” she said.

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  • HIP56948 (2976 posts)
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    1. I'm saddened by the thought of the many lives that were ruined in the past…

    70-80 years, over a drug that is relatively harmless.  I remember stories of young people getting 3-5 years for a stinking joint. Man O’ man. 

    • Enthusiast (10193 posts)
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      2. Me too.

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frederic Bastiat, 1848