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.)

The 2015 Cannabis World Congress Was So Square It Was Accidentally An Anti-Drug PSA

by Jeff Weiss

CALIFORNIA: Nothing is more suspect than a man in a suit talking about drugs. Unless he’s your attorney, he’s inevitably police. And even if he’s not literal law enforcement, he’d flip in an instant if you got caught with a brick of cocaine, weed, or insider information about Sour Diesel futures.

Enter the 2015 Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition, which turned out to be the trade show equivalent of watching hedge fund managers cover Sublime songs for hours on end. If you’re old enough to drink, you probably remember public perception of “chronic” before it became possible to purchase organic green juice infused with psychotropic greens. You can still find the High Times wookie stoner at HempCon or a String Cheese Incident concert, but we’re living in a future where imminent legalization has incubated a gold rush mentality among the nascent marijuana industry, and the suits have inevitably followed the money.

It’s been nearly 20 years since California passed its landmark Proposition 215, allowing people to grow and obtain marijuana for medical purposes—a law easily manipulated by fly-by-night Dr. Nick Riviera types so eager that they’d dole out a prescription to grapple with the agony of a ruptured carburetor.

I’ve had a cannabis “recommendation” for years, but whenever it’s time to get renewed, I forget what I told the doctor in the first place. Excuses have included: anxiety, insomnia, back problems, arthritis, and the neuroses incurred from being Jewish. On the morning of the Cannabis Congress, my excuse for smoking was that I needed to cope with men in suits talking about drugs. So in the interest of pain relief and professionalism, I incinerated a roach while walking up to the venue.

The Marijuana Industry's Latest 'It Product': 'Dabs'

CALIFORNIA: It’s become a daily occurrence. Customers visit Hugs Alternative Care, a medical-marijuana dispensary in Sacramento, Calif., and ask for “dabs.”

They are referring to butane hash oil, an especially potent form of marijuana, also known as “honey,” “honey oil,” “wax” or “earwax” because of its sticky, amber-colored appearance. [Read more…]