I was hopeful this time. I really was.
DEA Rejects Attempt To Loosen Federal Restrictions On Marijuana
Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg says the decision is rooted in science. Rosenberg gave "enormous weight" to conclusions by the Food and Drug Administration that marijuana has "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States," and by some measures, it remains highly vulnerable to abuse as the most commonly used illicit drug across the nation.
"This decision isn't based on danger. This decision is based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA, is a safe and effective medicine," he said, "and it's not."
ARE YOU KIDDING ME.
If you're not familiar with the official reasons why this is bullshit, please allow this drug abuse and addiction writer to explain. Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug. That is the highest, most restricted category of drug. You know what else is in that schedule? Heroin. Cocaine and meth are in Schedule II, because they have some medical applications. That's right. The DEA thinks that marijuana, despite being used for medical purposes in a full half of all U.S. states, has less medical use than fucking cocaine and meth, and is as dangerous and addictive as heroin, despite causing exactly 0 overdose deaths each year because it's literally impossible to overdose on cannabis.
So why, you ask, is the DEA ignoring all the science and reality to keep marijuana a Schedule I intoxicant?
Marijuana Prohibition Was Racist From The Start. Not Much Has Changed.
According to a 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union, blacks across the nation were nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana possession in 2010, despite data that suggested they use the drug at about the same rate. In some states, blacks were up to six times more likely to be arrested. This disparity isn’t new, and plays into broader arrest data: A study published in the journal Crime & Delinquency this month found that by the age of 23, nearly 50 percent of black males have been arrested, compared to 44 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of white males.
In all, around 750,000 people are arrested for marijuana each year, with more than 650,000 of them for possession alone. (The U.S., of course, incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than any other nation in the world.)
Gotta keep those private prisons full of black people so you can force them to work for literally pennies an hour in the nation's last form of legal slavery!