Medical Marijuana Patients To DEA Chief: Pot Is No ‘Joke,’ And You Should Be Fired

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Medical marijuana patients and advocates on Friday delivered a petition to Drug Enforcement Administration headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, calling for the firing of DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg for his characterization that using the drug as medicine was “a joke.”

The petition, signed by more than 100,000 people, calls on President Barack Obama to oust Rosenberg and appoint a new DEA head “who will respect science, medicine, patients and voters.”

Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, the marijuana advocacy group that started the petition, said that for his family and millions of others, the use of the plant for medical purposes is “no joke.”

“It’s simply unacceptable for the Obama administration’s top drug official to make comments that are contrary to what science and doctors say about medical marijuana,” Angell added.

The mass support of the petition emphasizes a wider, national acceptance of marijuana’s legitimacy, one that runs contrary to the DEA’s stance on the matter.

16,000 People And Counting Want DEA Chief Fired For Calling Medical Marijuana A ‘Joke’

More than 16,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) be fired for calling medical marijuana a “joke” last week.

“What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it’s not,” DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said during a press briefing on November 4. “We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don’t call it medicine — that is a joke.”

Rosenberg hastened to add that “extracts or constituents or component parts” may hold promise as medicinal substances, but that smoking “the leaf” of the marijuana plant has never been shown to be safe or effective. (The DEA chief apparently confused marijuana leaves, which contain only trace amounts of the psychoactive compound THC, with buds, which are far more potent and commonly smoked.)