President Obama: Make the DEA tell the truth about marijuana
Many people don’t know that it is illegal for federal agencies to disseminate incorrect information. But when it comes to medical cannabis, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been doing this for years -- and politicians use this misinformation to justify opposition to medical cannabis laws.
Federal and state lawmakers utilize DEA information on cannabis to make decisions regarding their stance on medical cannabis legislation. That’s why we constantly see politicians using the DEA’s claims about the gateway theory, long-term brain damage, and psychosis to deny support for medical cannabis.
This has real impact on the patients and families around the country who use medical cannabis to treat their illness. People like Christine, who suffers from an inoperable brain tumor and needs medical cannabis to help control her constant pain, nausea, and a host of other symptoms. While advocating in her home state of Utah, legislators often bring up this misinformation as a way to keep legislation from moving forward.
Last week, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis for therapeutic use and research, filed a petition with the Department of Justice demanding that the DEA immediately update misinformation about cannabis.
The DEA has actually admitted that the theories that cannabis use leads to harder drugs (gateway theory), long-term brain damage, psychosis, and other alleged harms, are not based in scientific fact, and yet they keep distributing this false information. Yet we have found 25 instances of these false claims on their website.
Forcing the DEA to correct this misinformation would give medical cannabis patients and the families the ability to say, unequivocally, “That is not based in scientific fact, and the DEA has admitted that as well,” effectively removing these falsehoods from the conversation.
Please sign and share this petition asking the President to instruct the DEA to correct the information immediately.
Please instruct the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to act immediately on the petition filed by Americans for Safe Access under the Information Quality Act (IQA) and correct the 25 violations cited in the petition which reflect inaccurate statements about cannabis that do not meet the informational standards required by law.
The rules of the IQA, require federal agencies to devise guidelines that ensure the “quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information” they distribute and to “[e]stablish administrative mechanisms allowing affected persons to seek and obtain correction of information maintained and disseminated by the agency that does not comply with the guidelines.”
The petition cites 25 violations under the IQA, alleging the DEA website currently contains inaccurate statements that do not meet informational standards required by the law. The DEA continues to distribute statements about the efficacy of medical cannabis and its risks, which have been refuted by the DEA itself in the recent “Denial of Petition to Initiate Proceedings to Reschedule Marijuana,” issued August 12, 2016. The false information includes, but is not limited to, concerns regarding medical cannabis leading to other drug use (the gateway theory), long-term brain damage, and psychosis.
We ask that you please instruct them to correct this information immediately.
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