For thousands of years, marijuana has been used successfully around the world for many ailments. In the mid-1800s, the plant was mentioned as a treatment for gonorrhea and angina (chest pains related to heart disease). It was added to U.S. Dispensary and Pharmacopeia in 1854 recommended to treat intestinal pain, rheumatism, gout, cholera, epilepsy, strychnine poisoning, bronchitis, whooping cough, and asthma. In the US and Europe, marijuana extracts were prepared and sold for medicinal use as sedatives and pain relievers too. The last country to remove it from their pharmacopeia was India intil 1966.
By the early 20th century, it was noted by pharmaceutical companies that the extracts varied in their effects. Other medicines became available that were more predictable and easier to use; so they said. Pharmaceutical companies looked at something anyone could cultivate at home without the help of them as enemy number one and started lobbying congress to find a way to make this disappear. So, below is exactly how they made medical marijuana disappear from use after almost 4000 years of safe documented use.
The 1937 Marijuana Tax Act passed by congress put doctors in fear of having or prescribing marijuana because of violations of the new law. A doctor could face up 5 years in prison and up to a two thousand dollar fine for violating the law. This became too risky to doctors; so they went with pharmaceuticals.
Then, Congress passed a law in 1951 that classified marijuana as a narcotic drug. They then delisted it from the Merck Index and The U.S. Pharmacopeia, erasing any knowledge of its medicinal use from American history. In 1970, marijuana was defined in a new law, the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule 1 drug. Listed below is a paste from the DEA website that explains the qualifications of narcotics from schedule one through schedule five.
Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are: heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), and peyote.
Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, less abuse potential than Schedule I drugs, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous. Some examples of Schedule II drugs are: cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, oxycodone (OxyContin), Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin.
Schedule III drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence. Schedule III drugs abuse potential is less than Schedule I and Schedule II drugs but more than Schedule IV. Some examples of Schedule III drugs are: Combination products with less than 15 milligrams of hydrocodone per dosage unit (Vicodin), Products containing less than 90 milligrams of codeine per dosage unit (Tylenol with codeine), ketamine, anabolic steroids, and testosterone.
Schedule IV drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence. Some examples of Schedule IV drugs are: Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, Ativan, and Ambien.
Schedule V drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with lower potential for abuse than Schedule IV and consist of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics. Schedule V drugs are generally used for antidiarrheal, antitussive, and analgesic purposes. Some examples of Schedule V drugs are: cough preparations with less than 200 milligrams of codeine or per 100 milliliters (Robitussin AC), Lomotil, Motofen, Lyrica, Parepectolin.
We know for a fact that twenty one states and our own capital have legalized it for medical use, which actually means that this drug doesn’t meet the requirements to be a schedule 1 narcotic. Doctors and patients in those states have overwhelmingly experienced the benefits this drug brings to millions of Americans.
Why should marijuana not be in the same class as even a schedule three narcotic? According to the CDC in 2014, forty six Americans die a day from pain pill overdoses, while accidental deaths related to prescription medication in America just surpassed automobile accidents.
There has never been a documented case about a person dying from taking or smoking too much marijuana. As a matter of fact Dr. Sanjay Gupta totally changed his mind from a 2009 stance in Time magazine (Why I vote no to Pot) that marijuana had no medicinal purpose and recently spent two years making documentaries on the many medical ailments it helps.
Medical marijuana and high hemp related CBD's should obviously be rescheduled to a schedule 5 narcotic. Why? Because there are two states as we speak that have legalized it for purchase by just having an ID proving your the legal age; just like wine, cigarettes, cough syrup and sudafed. Nineteen other states have it approved for medical use requiring a medical card approved by a licensed medical doctor. Lower dosage for over the counter recreational marijuana, while leaving higher THC content for medicinal users. Let the states decide what approach they want to proceed with.
The Attorney General is the person in charge of scheduling and rescheduling drugs, which their office continues to say it's congress's responsibility ignoring their own law. (See United States code law 21 U.S.C. 811) There has been overwhelming evidence presented to their office that marijuana does have medicinal uses but this office and the DEA have continued to ignore the evidence.
Their office has definitely known since 2003 that this should have been immediatly rescheduled. The United States of America as Represented by the Department of Health and Human Services owns patent # 6630507, which states "The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia."
Our government knowingly has kept this drug in a schedule 1 keeping it from millions people in dire need of this safe drug. The reason I started this non-profit is to lobby and educate people that this is the biggest medical cover-up in American history. It's time to demand as a National Movement that the Attorney Generals office do their job and reschedule this drug immediatly.
Please spread the word, contribute to our cause and help us educate Americans. Our first Amendment rights are being violated by this law and it's time we let demand immediate rescheduling. To intentionally keep safe medicine from Americans should be criminal negligence!!!! Thank you and God bless...