Marijuana Legalization: DEA Against Legalizing Smoked Marijuana

American Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) believe that people are going to misuse smoked marijuana and representatives of the agency clearly stated that the DEA is against legalizing smoked marijuana. The American Medical Association (AMA) and American Cancer Society (ACS) share the same opinion as DEA, saying that “cannabinoid-based medicines and alternate delivery methods” have to be developed to discourage marijuana smoking.

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Why is the DEA against legalizing smoked marijuana? The simple answer provided by the government agency is that a movement lobbying for legalization of free use of medicinal marijuana is behind the movement to legalize smoked marijuana, which in turn will lead to growing consumption and other undesired consequences.

A recent report by the Office of National Drug Control Policy reveals that teenagers using marijuana can develop mental illness such as schizophrenia and anxiety, that is why the DEA against legalizing smoked marijuana statement is more than welcomed within medical circles.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) proposes alternative delivery methods but is against legalizing smoking of marijuana for medicinal purposes, the organization said in a statement. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said minors will be put at risk if legalization takes place while the British Medical Association (BMA) believes legalization is a misleading step aimed to convince the society that smoking marijuana is safe. Do you think having marijuana legal would be good or bad?


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  1. malcolm kyle says:

    1) Tobacco is cancer causing largely because it delivers specific carcinogens such as NNK and NNAL that are not present in cannabis. Not all “tar” is created equal, and tobacco has some of the most carcinogenic types of tar known to science, whereas cannabis does not.

    http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/91/14/1194

    2) Cannabis (marijuana) use is associated with a DECREASE in several types of cancer… potentially even providing a protective effect against tobacco and alcohol related cancer development.

    Donald Tashkin, a UCLA researcher whose work is funded by NIDA, did a case-control study comparing 1,200 patients with lung, head and neck cancers to a matched group with no cancer. Even the heaviest marijuana smokers had no increased risk of cancer, and had somewhat lower cancer risk than non-smokers (tobacco smokers had a 20-fold increased lung cancer risk). Tashkin D. Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer: Results of a Case-Control Study. American Thoracic Society International Conference. May 23, 2006.

    Researchers at the Kaiser-Permanente HMO, funded by NIDA, followed 65,000 patients for nearly a decade, comparing cancer rates among non-smokers, tobacco smokers, and marijuana smokers. Tobacco smokers had massively higher rates of lung cancer and other cancers. Marijuana smokers who didn’t also use tobacco had no increase in risk of tobacco-related cancers or of cancer risk overall. In fact their rates of lung and most other cancers were slightly lower than non-smokers, though the difference did not reach statistical significance. Sidney, S. et al. Marijuana Use and Cancer Incidence (California, United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Vol. 8. Sept. 1997, p. 722-728.

    In a 1994 study the government tried to suppress, federal researchers gave mice and rats massive doses of THC, looking for cancers or other signs of toxicity. The rodents given THC lived longer and had fewer cancers, “in a dose-dependent manner” (i.e. the more THC they got, the fewer tumors). NTP Technical Report On The Toxicology And Carcinogenesis Studies Of 1-Trans- Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, CAS No. 1972-08-3, In F344/N Rats And B6C3F Mice, Gavage Studies. See also, “Medical Marijuana: Unpublished Federal Study Found THC-Treated Rats Lived Longer, Had Less Cancer,” AIDS Treatment News no. 263, Jan. 17, 1997.

    Federal researchers implanted several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung cancers, in mice, then treated them with cannabinoids (unique, active components found in marijuana). THC and other cannabinoids shrank tumors and increased the mice’s lifespans. Munson, AE et al. Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Sept. 1975. p. 597-602.

    Cannabinoids Curb Brain Tumor Growth, First-Ever Patient Trial Shows
    http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=6947

    Pot Compound May Offer Non-Toxic Alternative To Chemotherapy
    http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=7433

    Tetrahydrocannabinol inhibits lung cancer as well as metastasis
    http://www.nature.com/onc/journal/v27/n3/abs/1210641a.html

    Inhibition of skin tumor growth by activation of cannabinoid receptors
    http://www.jci.org/articles/view/16116/version/1

    So there we have it: Tobacco Causes Cancer and Cannabis Prevents Cancer (even when smoked!)

  2. Adam Slagle says:

    The reason the DEA doesn’t want to legalize marijuana is because they make way too much seizing it along with any cash nearby. The DEA is not concerned with the health implications but more about keeping all their jobs filled. If they wanted to know about what the public thought is and/or medical implications for legalizing marijuana someone should introduce they to the search engine Google and simply type the word marijuana.

  3. Jillian Galloway says:

    On June 17, 1971, President Nixon told Congress that “if we cannot destroy the drug menace in America, then it will surely destroy us”. After forty years of trying to destroy “the drug menace in America” we still *haven’t* been able to destroy it and it still *hasn’t* destroyed us. Four decades is long enough to realize that on this important issue, President Nixon was wrong! All actions taken as a result of his invalid and paranoid assumptions (e.g. the federal marijuana prohibition) should be ended immediately!

    It makes no sense for taxpayers to fund the federal marijuana prohibition when it *doesn’t* prevent people from using marijuana and it *does* incite the awful violence we read about in the news by making criminals phenomenally rich and providing the Mexican drug cartels with a motive to murder thousands of people every year. While it makes sense to try to discourage people from using marijuana, it makes no sense to cause thousands of brutal deaths and arrest 800,000 people every year for doing nothing more than possessing the dried flowers of a plant. This is what the federal marijuana prohibition achieves and it is fundamentally wrong!

    We need legal adult marijuana sales in supermarkets, gas stations and pharmacies for exactly the same reason that we need legal alcohol and tobacco sales – to keep drug dealing criminals out of our neighborhoods and away from our children. Marijuana must be made legal to sell to adults everywhere that alcohol and tobacco are sold.

    “There’s something extraordinarily perverse when we’re so concerned about preventing addicts from having access to drugs that we destroy the lives of many times more people, either through untreated pain or other drug war damage”.

  4. denbee says:

    I smoke pot but I don’t inhale. I drink whiskey but I don’t swallow. My Gramma used to warn me not to be shooting pot or smoking lsd. I am so confused!

  5. John says:

    I think Marijuana Legalization would be a good thing. Less government intrusion into peoples private lives is ALWAYS a good thing. Not everyone likes it but not everyone likes Alcohol or Tobacco either and they’re more dangerous to the body and are legal. “To each his own”, I say. No victim=no crime.

  6. ConservativeChristian says:

    Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.

    If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let’s put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let’s let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.

    Here’s one way that IT IS REALLY WORKING: Arresting the criminals and collecting a fee from the registered growers (and bringing in thousands of dollars to support the county budget); what a great plan! This is the way to build a better America! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/2011/07/the-pot-republic-one-sheriffs-quietly-radical-experiment.html

    The current proposal before Congress, bill HR 2306, will allow states to decide how they will regulate marijuana. Email your Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml and ask them to sign on as a CO-SPONSOR of HR 2306. And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of America!

  7. $nap$ napoli says:

    Look alcohol and tobacco are bigger drugs than weed.. just think a minute what happened when alcohol was illegal they had bootleggers making it government finally made it legal and put a tax on it now their making billions every year off of it.. now just imagine if they made weed legal they would make a killing but instead they would rather leave it illegal and talk so much shit about it when its actually better for you than tobacco and alcohol. I’m ashamed to be governed by people who allow synthetic heroin to be put in pills but shuns people for smoking herb.. sorry needed to vent.. thank you

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