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Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives and 2 others

Reclassification of Controlled Substances: Marijuana, Alcohol, and Tobacco

Isn’t it slightly hilarious how with so many proven medical studies on marijuana, people are still quick to jump to an over-the-counter or prescription medicine? The reasoning behind this is because of big pharmaceutical companies. Companies such as Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer rely on the use of these synthetic man-made remedies, and therefore spend millions of taxpayer dollars every year on new research for more true drugs, and advertising. Personally I would prefer an all-natural remedy myself. Another thing that continues to be overlooked is that we don’t want legalization with no restrictions. The truth is if you ask many marijuana smokers, they will tell you they are willing to pay taxes and allow age restrictions. Marijuana doesn’t meet any requirements except possible addiction, for a schedule 1 controlled substance…however alcohol and tobacco (the 2 most widely used illicit-legal drugs) meet every requirement to be considered a schedule 1 controlled substance. Another widely spread issue is the Gateway Theory. Less than 1% of marijuana users have tried heroin or cocaine, and less than 3% move on to harder drugs.

While doing some research I came across the following article:

The passing of Proposition 215 in 1996, the medical marijuana law, was a terribly tragic mistake that will be deeply regretted, primarily because it is addictive and will lead to the use of harder and more deadly drugs such as cocaine and heroin. I was stunned to see it approved. I cannot imagine a society emerged in drugs. It would be disastrous. For over a decade, users of marijuana have been chopping away at our social structure to convince people that there is nothing wrong with smoking pot. Their aim, of course, is total legalization with no restrictions. They were very shrewd in referring to it as "medical marijuana." They really pulled a fast one on the public. Unfortunately, the media foolishly followed suit by also referring to it as "medical marijuana" making the term more or less official. Most people became convinced that it is truly a medication. Actually, there is no such thing as "medical marijuana." Marijuana is marijuana nothing else. There are no "medical" benefits from its use, other than getting stoned to the point of not feeling anything. In their journey to justify its use, they claimed a myriad of ailments glaucoma, migraines, depression, anxiety, nausea, and back pain you name it. Should it come to anyone's surprise that there are all kinds of medications, both in over the counter and prescriptions, which will cure or relieve any conceivable ailment? The media should reveal the names of doctors who are prescribing "medical marijuana." My guess is not many. 

Joe Canzoneri, Magalia

"The term 'controlled substance' means a drug or other substance, or immediate precursor, included in schedule I, II, III, IV, or V of part B of this subchapter. The term does not include distilled spirits, wine, malt beverages, or tobacco, as those terms are defined or used in subtitle E of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986." According to the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 the classifications are as follows:

1) Schedule I.—

(A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.

(B) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

(C) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision."

Schedule II.—

(A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.

(B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions.

(C) Abuse of the drug or other substances may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence."

Schedule III.—

(A) The drug or other substance has a potential for abuse less than the drugs or other substances in schedules I and II.

(B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

(C) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence."

Schedule IV.—

(A) The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule III.

(B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

(C) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule III."

(Also may be refilled up to 5 times over a 6 month period.)

Schedule V.—

(A) The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV.

(B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

(C) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV."

According to my research marijuana doesn't meet any requirements of a schedule 1 controlled substance, however, looks to be more in the position of a schedule 5 controlled substance, or even moved into the same classification as alcohol and tobacco, which meet all of the requirements of a schedule 1 controlled substance.

As an American that believes in returning our country to the land of the free, I don't agree with prohibition, however, if we are the land of the free it seems odd to me that we would have the highest rate of incarceration by population in the world. (Disputed by the western areas of China and Human Rights Activist Harry Wu)

As Obama may have said, Now is the time for change, change for America, and for the American People.

Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
Isn’t it slightly hilarious how with so many proven medical studies on marijuana, people are still quick to jump to an over-the-counter or prescription medicine? The reasoning behind this is because of big pharmaceutical companies. Companies such as Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer rely on the use of these synthetic man-made remedies, and therefore spend millions of taxpayer dollars every year on new research for more true drugs, and advertising. Personally I would prefer an all-natural remedy myself. Another thing that continues to be overlooked is that we don’t want legalization with no restrictions. The truth is if you ask many marijuana smokers, they will tell you they are willing to pay taxes and allow age restrictions. Marijuana doesn’t meet any requirements except possible addiction, for a schedule 1 controlled substance…however alcohol and tobacco (the 2 most widely used illicit-legal drugs) meet every requirement to be considered a schedule 1 controlled substance. Another widely spread issue is the Gateway Theory. Less than 1% of marijuana users have tried heroin or cocaine, and less than 3% move on to harder drugs.
While doing some research I came across the following article:
The passing of Proposition 215 in 1996, the medical marijuana law, was a terribly tragic mistake that will be deeply regretted, primarily because it is addictive and will lead to the use of harder and more deadly drugs such as cocaine and heroin. I was stunned to see it approved. I cannot imagine a society emerged in drugs. It would be disastrous. For over a decade, users of marijuana have been chopping away at our social structure to convince people that there is nothing wrong with smoking pot. Their aim, of course, is total legalization with no restrictions. They were very shrewd in referring to it as "medical marijuana." They really pulled a fast one on the public. Unfortunately, the media foolishly followed suit by also referring to it as "medical marijuana" making the term more or less official. Most people became convinced that it is truly a medication. Actually, there is no such thing as "medical marijuana." Marijuana is marijuana nothing else. There are no "medical" benefits from its use, other than getting stoned to the point of not feeling anything. In their journey to justify its use, they claimed a myriad of ailments glaucoma, migraines, depression, anxiety, nausea, and back pain you name it. Should it come to anyone's surprise that there are all kinds of medications, both in over the counter and prescriptions, which will cure or relieve any conceivable ailment? The media should reveal the names of doctors who are prescribing "medical marijuana." My guess is not many.
Joe Canzoneri, Magalia
"The term 'controlled substance' means a drug or other substance, or immediate precursor, included in schedule I, II, III, IV, or V of part B of this subchapter. The term does not include distilled spirits, wine, malt beverages, or tobacco, as those terms are defined or used in subtitle E of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986." According to the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 the classifications are as follows:
1) Schedule I.—
(A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
(B) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
(C) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision."
Schedule II.—
(A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
(B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions.
(C) Abuse of the drug or other substances may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence."
Schedule III.—
(A) The drug or other substance has a potential for abuse less than the drugs or other substances in schedules I and II.
(B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
(C) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence."
Schedule IV.—
(A) The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule III.
(B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
(C) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule III."
(Also may be refilled up to 5 times over a 6 month period.)
Schedule V.—
(A) The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV.
(B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
(C) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV."
According to my research marijuana doesn't meet any requirements of a schedule 1 controlled substance, however, looks to be more in the position of a schedule 5 controlled substance, or even moved into the same classification as alcohol and tobacco, which meet all of the requirements of a schedule 1 controlled substance.
As an American that believes in returning our country to the land of the free, I don't agree with prohibition, however, if we are the land of the free it seems odd to me that we would have the highest rate of incarceration by population in the world. (Disputed by the western areas of China and Human Rights Activist Harry Wu)
As Obama may have said, Now is the time for change, change for America, and for the American People.