The Justice Department (JD) headed by the Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stopped the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from acting on more than two dozen applications for marijuana cultivation for research purposes. However, acting DEA Administrator, Chuck Rosenberg, confirmed that he stands by his assertions to support marijuana-related research.
It has been a year since the DEA started accepting applications to cultivate more marijuana for research and as of August 2017, it has 25 requests for consideration. However, the DEA authorities insisted that the JD’s approval, which, unfortunately, has not yet come through, would be necessary to go ahead with the proposal.
“The Justice Department has effectively shut down this program to increase research registrations,” said one of the senior DEA officers, even while Rusty Payne, spokesperson for the DEA, said that they have always been in favor of conducting elaborate research programs for several controlled substances, including marijuana. The recent deadlock situation is a classic example of disagreement between the Trump administration and the country’s foremost narcotics enforcement agency. Though Attorney Sessions and President Trump have promised a clampdown on drugs and other related crime, DEA has questioned their statements and motives.
Experts say that Attorney Sessions is opposed to marijuana use and speaks harshly about the large-scale use of the drug. In fact, he has described medical cannabis as “hyped” and is doubtful if smoking weed has any therapeutic value at all. “If you smoke marijuana, for example, where you have no idea how much THC you’re getting, it’s probably not a good way to administer a medicinal amount. So forgive me if I’m a bit dubious about that,” the attorney general had said earlier this year.
Opposed to this, the DEA maintains that it is aware of the Schedule I controlled substance tag of marijuana, its high potential for abuse, and the distinction between misuse of the drug and legitimate research. Between 2014 and 2016, the DEA had registered 354 people and institutions to conduct research activities on marijuana and its related components and their effects on those who smoke them.
Smoking marijuana can be dangerous
Despite investing millions of dollars and several decades in the war against drugs by former Presidents Nixon to Obama, the nation’s admiration for marijuana seems to have surpassed all such initiatives. This is largely evident in the growing nationwide clamor for complete decriminalization of the drug. In fact, some believe that the U.S. is doing an appalling injustice to the future generations of America by embracing an unmindful attitude towards the hidden dangers of marijuana.
Though they hardly make it to the top stories of the day, marijuana abuse is associated with considerable negative consequences. This mind-altering drug is known to cause multiple health concerns in regular users, which they conveniently choose to ignore. Delta-9 tetra-hydro cannabinol or THC is the principal psychoactive component in marijuana that causes addiction and triggers compulsive drug seeking urges in chronic marijuana users.
Use of the drug over prolonged periods can lead to complete dependence among users besides exposing them to numerous health hazards such as memory loss, impaired concentration, damage of the respiratory tract, poor motor coordination, and a host of other mental health problems. In a new survey conducted by Yahoo News and Marist College, it was found that an astounding 55 million Americans, or 22 percent of the population, are regular marijuana users.
Seeking professional support for marijuana addiction
With the passing of liberal laws, marijuana is rapidly gaining widespread acceptance across communities and neighborhoods in America. In fact, the publicity owing to the countrywide celebration of weed culture has almost sidelined the negative aspect of the drug by packaging it as a harmless substance. Most Americans have conveniently forgotten that the DEA has denied the presence of any medicinal benefits of marijuana by treating it as a Schedule I drug.
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