Congressman Wants DEA Head Fired for Calling Medical Marijuana ‘a Joke’

CANNABIS CULTURE – Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer is calling for the removal of Drug Enforcement Administration acting administrator Chuck Rosenberg over the drug chief’s comments that medical marijuana is “a joke.”

“What is a joke is the job Rosenberg is doing as acting DEA administrator,” Blumenauer said. “He’s an example of the inept, uniformed zealot who has mis-managed America’s failed policy of marijuana prohibition.”

In early November, CBS News reported on the DEA chief Rosenberg’s controversial statement: “What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it’s not. 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.”

In just two weeks, over 90,000 people have signed a petition calling for the DEA head to be fired for the “joke” comment.

“Rosenberg claims medical marijuana is a joke but the proven therapeutic value of cannabis has prompted 23 states, Guam, and the District of Columbia to approve its medical application, and an additional 17 states have authorized more limited use,” Blumenauer said. “Rosenberg’s claim that more research is necessary is true, but it reeks of hypocrisy because the DEA, under his leadership, has made badly-needed cannabis research difficult, often impossible. …

“Americans recognize it’s time for a change in direction to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. Fifty-eight percent now support legalization, continuing an upward trend in public opinion and at the ballot box. Over seventy-five percent of American public support medical marijuana as does a majority of American physicians.”

Watch Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s entire statement on CPAC: