Marijuana Supporters Call For DEA Chief’s Removal

DEA Petition

Medical marijuana supporters are calling for the resignation of DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg. According to the The Washington Post, Rosenberg called medical marijuana “a joke” and doubted its efficacy as a medicine during a Q&A session with reporters on Nov. 4, 2015.

“What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it’s not,” Rosenberg told reporters. “We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don’t call it medicine — that is a joke.”

He went on to qualify those statements by saying some constituent parts of marijuana hold promise, but for many marijuana supporters Rosenberg crossed the line. The Marijuana Majority has started an online petition calling for Rosenberg’s removal. Within the first five days the petition has gathered more than 15,000 signatures.

It is unlikely that the petition alone will generate any significant shift in policy, but many hope that the increased political pressure will help change the dialogue’s tone.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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