• Petitioned President Obama /Congress

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Pioneers of Medical Marijuana
President Obama /Congress
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Petition To Reschedule Medical Marijuana From Schedule I to Schedule V

    1. Petition by

      Kim Quiggle

      Niles, OH

Marijuana has been officially recognized as a legitimate medicine in 16 U.S. States in addition to the District of Columbia. The current FDA guidelines for scheduling controlled substances categorize all uses of marijuana (including that used for medical use, only) as Schedule I, erroneously placing it in the same category as Heroin and Crack Cocaine, stating that it has a high potential for abuse and no recognized medical value. The second portion of the requirement to be a Schedule I substance is absolutely untrue of medical marijuana – a point made quite clear simply by the term itself: medical marijuana.  We are demanding Congress and President Barack Obama to alter our current federal policy on medical marijuana and reschedule it appropriately to a Schedule V substance, where it can be researched and prescribed in the same fashion that other therapeutic medicines are today, including as Vicodin or Oxycontin. 

Please apply our current laws fairly, as they were intended, and adjust mistakes made in the initial scheduling process as would be done for any other medicine in light of mounting scientific evidence demonstrating medicinal usages for various conditions.

Benefits of rescheduling medical marijuana at the federal level could include:

·         Dramatic reduction in percentage of citizen population currently incarcerated for using marijuana therapeutically.

·         Ability for patients to travel throughout the country with their medication without fear of varying state laws.

·         Employment protection for legitimate medical marijuana patients who continue to work despite their conditions.

·         Similar to employment protection, similar measures could be enacted to remove penalties currently tied to felony charges related to the use of medical marijuana that could disqualify a patient from Financial Aid for the rest of their lives.

The drugs and other substances that are considered controlled substances under the CSA are divided into five schedules. A listing of the substances and their schedules is found in the DEA regulations, 21 C.F.R. Sections 1308.11 through 1308.15. A controlled substance is placed in its respective schedule based on whether it has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and its relative abuse potential and likelihood of causing dependence. Some examples of controlled substances in each schedule are outlined below.

NOTE: Drugs listed in schedule I have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and, therefore, may not be prescribed, administered, or dispensed for medical use. In contrast, drugs listed in schedules II-V have some accepted medical use and may be prescribed, administered, or dispensed for medical use.

Schedule I Controlled Substance: Substances in this schedule have a high potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision. Some examples of substances listed in schedule I are: heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), peyote, methaqualone, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (“ecstasy”).

Schedule II Controlled Substance: Substances in this schedule have a high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. Examples of single entity schedule II narcotics include morphine and opium. Other schedule II narcotic substances and their common name brand products include: methadone (Dolophine®), meperidine (Demerol®), oxycodone (OxyContin®). Examples of schedule II stimulants include: amphetamine (Dexedrine®, Adderall®), methamphetamine (Desoxyn®), and methylphenidate (Ritalin®). Other schedule II substances include: cocaine, amobarbital, glutethimide, and pentobarbital.

Schedule III Controlled Substance: Substances in this schedule have a potential for abuse less than substances in schedules I or II and abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence

Schedule IV Controlled Substances: Substances in this schedule have a low potential for abuse relative to substances in schedule III. An example of a schedule IV narcotic is propoxyphene (Darvon® and Darvocet-N 100®).

Schedule V Controlled Substance: Substances in this schedule have a low potential for abuse relative to substances listed in schedule IV and consist primarily of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics. These are generally used for antitussive, antidiarrheal, and analgesic purposes.

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to act now to reschedule medical marijuana appropriately from a Schedule I substance to a Schedule V substance. 

 

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    • mike cooper FARMINGTON, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      we know what it is, dont make it look worse than cocaine

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    • Stephanie Tacker COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      Tobacco does more harm and is legal. It makes no sense for marijuana to be a schedule I drug.

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    • Arthur C. Moore HENDERSON, KY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Not only do I enjoy experiencing the outside world through the prism of the chemicals in my body, and brain, interacting with the chemicals in Marijuana, after it is activated by the "vaporizer", the glass piece bole, or Browne. I don't tell others they must use it, so why do others presume to take my choice from me? This "prohibition of marijuana" has severely degraded my life experience, forced me to "deal" with UN-savory caricatures, some who were quite DANGEROUS! Just so the Government could spend my own tax money, make me a criminal, keeping pot prices much higher than if it were Taxed and Regulated for sale to Adults.Your "war on drugs" is against the wrong substance. No one has ever overdosed on Marijuana. More deaths occur due to use, and abuse of PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION that the FDA is QUICK to authorize into the Public Population. So you let them have stuff that does kill, but you wont let me have something that makes me "feel better", at least for a while! I almost wish there was a God that those who have visited this experience upon me should be held accountable. As to Religion, and the "war on drugs", the Christian God does not forbid humans to make choices for themselves, who are you to weld more power over others, and their life choices, than even YOUR GOD DOES! Leave me alone! I'm not a Crook!

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    • Neal Jordan VALLEY VILLAGE, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a cancer survior......and it really works very fast especially during chemo

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    • Kaecyy Tay-McCarthy PHOENIXVILLE, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is in the nature of war that all wars are wasteful. But not all wars are senseless.

      Yet to fight a war without applying the best available objective, empirical, scientific, and expert analyses, at all possible levels and opportunities— and without taking actions and crafting policies that implement the letter and spirit of the results of these findings— is to fight a war literally without intelligence... in both senses of the word.

      Sun Tzu dictates that to fight a war without intelligence, is to seek a guarantee that the war will be both wasteful and senseless.

      The War on Drugs is not an artful war, and it is not a war fought with intelligence— rather it is a malignant, superstitious relic from the dark ages… the World Wars, and Jim Crow. Begun three score and fifteen years ago, in the ashes of the First Prohibition on alcohol, this Second Prohibition has in fact proven with each passing year to be even more baseless and reprehensible than its predecessor. Looking clearly and dispassionately at the evidence, we can only rationally conclude that the War on Drugs has been a senseless waste of human lives and treasure.

      This is America’s longest war. Make no mistake— this is a real war, a shooting war, with hundreds of thousands of real deaths and POWs. And it is at the same time a fake war, a manufactured war— launched upon lies, without a scrap of evidence, and continued flying in the face of decades of reputable scientific research and good intelligence. It is also a civil war… which our own governments are fighting against the people of the world. With our own money.

      This is a war that is tearing families and friends apart, making enemies of natural allies, and pitting brother against brother.

      This is a war that all of us are losing… right now, as I write this.

      We the People will no longer respect the authority of governments, or their attendant laws and agents, that wage civil war on their own people.

      Any governing body that upholds unscientific legislation of broadly and acutely harmful effect— in this, the 21st Century— deserves not just the scorn, but even the open rebellion of its constituents.

      In this 21st Century, we not just as Americans but as the most powerful single community in our global human civilization will face a host of cold, hard, life and death challenges, with the highest stakes imaginable— from artificial intelligence to disease control to mass extinction to genetic engineering to overpopulation to climate change, to name a few, and on to challenges we haven’t realized or even imagined yet.

      These are wars that will have to be fought with intelligence, and the vision to plan 40 or 400 years ahead… not 4 years ahead. To meet them successfully, the challenges of tomorrow demand of us today the broad and successful implementation of scientific recommendations— at the personal, local, federal, and global levels.

      The future is far too dangerous for us to accept anything but a humanistic government that believes in science, and proceeds in its policies from that belief. Because it is the choices we make today, on scientific issues like this one, that— taken together in the vast swirling whole of human endeavor across the globe— will decide whether the future of human civilization rests in shining cities, or in drowned worlds.

      Any government in the 21st Century— particularly one as large and powerful as the United States— that does not proceed from a basis of scientific principles, is more than merely quaint or obsolete.

      It is a menace to our survival. It is a menace, in fact, not only to the long term well-being and survival of its own citizens— but it is a menace to the survival of the human species as a whole.

      It is a wasteful war to reform such governments. It is even more wasteful to tear them down.

      But it is not a senseless war.

      Sisters and brothers— citizens of the world, my fellow Americans. It is time for us to find another way.

      It’s time for all of us to end the War on Drugs. Together. It is time to speak out, to educate, to petition, to reform, and to rebel. It’s time to medicalize, to legalize, to regulate, and to tax. It’s time to release, rehabilitate, and reintegrate the prisoners. It’s time to be humane, to be responsible, and to move on together— to the real challenges we share.

      Science brought us to the Moon and Franklin. Superstition brought us to Salem and McCarthy.

      Help us to end this modern witch hunt. Around the world. Today.

      I’ll see you in the future.

      --Kaecyy Tay-McCarthy, Rebel Alliance, American Sector, Berlin

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