January 22, 2021 10:30 am ETEstimated Read Time: 5 Minutes
As we prepare to usher in our newly elected president of the United States, Joe Biden, many of us wonder what he has in store for the cannabis industry, community and culture. The majority of the eyes seem to be peering upon the newly emerging legal cannabis industry. Meanwhile, the community and culture that helped build this thriving new industry are continually having dirt thrown on them. Cannabis legalization happened at the will of the people and by their determination. The United States federal government has long opposed cannabis legalization and, for the most part, still does.
Newly Appointed Attorney General Backs DEA Viewpoint on Cannabis
When it comes to valid factual information about cannabis or cannabis products, one of the worst sources to go to for this is the DEA. A quick google search will show that the DEA has been sued on multiple occasions by patients and scientists for thwarting cannabis research. In 2012, Garland upheld a lawsuit filed against the DEA regarding their denial of rescheduling cannabis. It was made apparent then that he supported the DEA’s position on cannabis, and it has been made apparent yet again that he continues to support this position over a decade later. Maybe it’s true what they say that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.
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The CSA Remains the Same Thanks to the DEA, FDA, and Greed
The Controlled Substance Act became law when it was signed by former President Richard Nixon on October 27th of 1970. The CSA categorized cannabis as a schedule one drug that was highly addictive and had no medicinal value. The Drug Enforcement Administration was founded on July 1st of 1973. Together with the help of the FDA, the DEA has helped the CSA classification remain the same for over 50 years.
The DEA has never been a friend to the cannabis community or culture, so why should they have any say in the newly merging legal cannabis industry? What does this have to say about our next president? It looks like more of the same—money, power, corruption, greed, and control. The United States of America has not yet had a single Attorney General that truly listened to the will of the people regarding cannabis. Support for cannabis legalization has achieved statistics of an all-time high, yet the majority of the lawmakers in office refused to listen to the people still to this day.
Former Us Attorney General Jeff Sessions once said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana“. Apparently, in the eyes of the federal government, that would mean 68% of Americans aren’t good people seeing as how this majority of citizens believe that cannabis should be legal.
While we agree that an Attorney General should not be chosen solely on his viewpoints regarding one topic, we can’t help but think that if Merrick Garland has such narrow viewpoints regarding a medicinal plant, his mind might also be closed to other progressive ideas. We can only hope that is not the case and allow time to tell if the new administration’s pick for Attorney General will have a positive or negative effect on the burgeoning cannabis industry, culture, and community.
Ashley Priest is a patient, mother, entrepreneur, and activist that fights to end prohibition globally for a better future for all. Ashley has a passion for sharing education pertaining to the goddess plant known as cannabis. She believes that a single seed can tip the scales and that together through education we can end the stigma that is preventing cannabis from flowering to its full potential globally.
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