Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Continuing Ridiculousness of US Pot Policy

In honor of 4/20, because why not, I want to talk about a bit of news that came out last month that enraged me, but not as much as much as all the fuckery going on in D.C., so, you know.

But it is worth a blog post. If you're the kind of person who reads my blog, you're probably aware of the basic reasons why cannabis being illegal is completely ridiculous. But that only really scratches the surface of the ridiculousness that is the U.S. policy on cannabis. The fact that it's classified as a Schedule I substance by the DEA puts it on par with heroin in terms of potential for addiction, potential for overdose, and means it's supposed to have zero potential medical use. Recently, the DEA finally reviewed this, and decided to keep cannabis at Schedule I, despite it being not physically addictive, having zero potential for overdose, and currently being legally used in half the states in the country for medical purposes.

WHY?????? You might ask. Money.

But don't just take my word for it.

DEA OKs synthetic marijuana for pharma company that spent $500,000 to keep pot illegal

There could not be better evidence than this that the pharmaceutical industry is fighting to keep cannabis illegal because it threatens their bottom line. Cannabis is relatively cheap to grow and people can easily do it themselves - it's a fucking weed. Hence the name. And it helps with so many medical conditions that pharmaceutical companies make billions off of by prescribing increasingly expensive medications, all of which cause side effects and may damage the body in ways that cannabis could never.

But making synthetic cannabis, which has been classified as a Schedule II substance (meaning it's "safer" than real cannabis) and approving it for use to treat illness is a whole new level of fucked up. Want to know why?

Because synthetic weed will fucking kill you. Syndros will kill you. People have been dying from overdosing on synthetic cannabis for years already because people think it's like real weed and assume you can't overdose on it. But you can, and you will die horribly.

So the DEA maintains that cannabis is so dangerous that it's illegal to use it for any purpose and then approves the use of an actual dangerous drug to "treat" illness. And now more people will die. The DEA and pharmaceutical companies are murderers who should all be set adrift on the Pacific Ocean.

Oh, and this bullshit is brought to you by InSys Therapeutics, the company responsible for fentanyl, the most potent opioid on the planet, which is currently causing mass deaths due to it being added to batches of heroin and leading to huge spikes in overdose cases. Well fucking done, America.

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