Recently, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Obama Administration would be happy to work with Congress on changing federal marijuana laws. Of course, this announcement caused the majority of the cannabis community to go buck wild with anticipation of marijuana soon becoming legal in the United States.
However, one pot-friendly lawmaker, a man apparently privy to these types of American sandbag tactics, has emerged on Holder’s heels, reminding the him that he does not have to wait on Congress to legalize the leaf.
Earlier this week, during a House Judiciary Committee meeting, Tennessee Representative Steve Cohen boldly attempted to jog Holder’s memory about the attorney general having the authority to request the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct the proper cannabis study needed to remove marijuana from its Schedule I classification.
“In my humble opinion, and I think there’s no way that marijuana should be Schedule I, because this is not the same class as heroin and LSD, as it is in the code,” said Cohen, adding that America is already a country where 20 states have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes.
“Schedule I says it has no medical benefit,” he continued. “Well, that just fallacious, and the fact that it says a high likelihood of abuse – it’s nothing like heroin, that’s absurd.”
During the meeting, Cohen said Congress would not likely take the lead on the issue of legalized marijuana until there was a clear line of public support. “Congress is generally like tortoises,” he said. “Until it is really clear, they’re not going to put their head out there.” The Democrat then inquired into the Obama Administration’s hesitation for issuing an executive order that would change the country’s pot laws.
“Why won’t the administration act with the pen and the phone to help people out by taking this out of schedule I so it can be studied” said Cohen. “Because I think we’re all in favor of research.”
Holder responded by saying he believes his office has acted in a responsible manner, arguing that he is working with limited resources. Yet, Cohen persisted in his efforts to strong-arm the attorney general for a legitimate response as to why the administration will not ask Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to order the study.
“Why not initiate the opportunity for the secretary to make the study and base it on science?” he said. “Until you do that, it’s not going to happen… “That’s all you have to do is request it. That doesn’t take away from your limited resources.”
Holder maintained that his office has done everything in their power to satisfy the issue.
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.