by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
August 15 2016
(NaturalNews) Obama's war on humanity just took another great leap toward totalitarian despotism with last week's DEA decision to deny petitions seeking to reclassify medical marijuana as a non-schedule I drug. This decision means that any person possessing natural CBD (cannabidiol) compounds derived from hemp leaves, including CBG, CBN, CBD-A and other similar molecules from cannabis, can technically be charged with felony possession of a schedule I drug.
The CBD industry vehemently disagrees with the DEA's current stance on both CBD and medical marijuana, and so far the DEA's efforts have focused on CBD manufacturers, not end users who possess the natural substance. CBD is also reportedly exempt from the DEA's criminalization scope if it is derived from hemp seeds or mature stalks rather than leaves. This is a key point to understand, as you'll see here.
It's also key to understand that the DEA's assertion that CBD is a Schedule I Controlled Substance has already been successfully challenged at least once. Via New Cannabis Ventures:
[T]he DEA has taken the position that CBD is a Schedule I Controlled Substance as defined under the CSA. Without an express provision under the CSA, it is questionable whether the DEA has any sort of authority to take this position. But more importantly, in the case of Hemp Indus. Ass’n v. DEA, 333 F.3d 1082 (9th Cir. 2003), the DEA attempted to initiate rules and interpretations concerning certain cannabinoid constituents of marijuana that were not expressly set forth under the CSA or the DEA’s own regulations (at the time), and the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals struck down its efforts, stating that: “[t]he petition requesting that we declare the rule to be invalid and unenforceable is GRANTED.” Hemp Indus. Ass’n v. DEA, 333 F.3d 1082 (9th Cir. 2003). In short, an agency – such as the DEA – is not permitted to change a legislative rule retroactively through the process of disingenuous interpretation of the rule to mean something other than its original meaning.
This does not mean, however, that the DEA won't assert imagined authority to attempt to criminalize makers of CBD products which are derived from cannabis.
Regulatory lunacy: Is the DEA smoking crack?
The DEA's decision to maintain the Schedule I listing of medical marijuana (and its constituents) is rooted in a combination of sheer scientific lunacy and a totalitarian police state Obama regime that doesn't want people to have access to natural medicinal substances which work better than Big Pharma's toxic drugs.
The logic used to justify the denial of the petitions is just mind boggling. If you care to wade through the ridiculous, contorted reasoning of the criminal government cartel that's protecting Big Pharma's interests, click here for the federal register reply.
It states, among other absurd reasons, that medical marijuana cannot be accepted as therapeutic because:
• It has no therapeutic use whatsoever. (A ridiculous lie.)
• Its chemical constituents are never quite the same. (Because it's from a plant, not a synthetic chemical factory.)
• All the "experts" don't accept it as a useful drug... because all the "experts" are Big Pharma whores, of course. By definition, the FDA only considers people to be "experts" when they are owned by Big Pharma. From the federal register document: "The HHS indicated that medical practitioners who are not experts in evaluating drugs cannot be considered qualified experts..." In other words, all holistic medicine experts and naturopathic doctors are disqualified from rendering expert opinions on medical cannabis.
• All the clinical evidence of marijuana's efficacy doesn't count, according to HHS and the FDA, because they don't like the way the studies were structured. From the federal register document, "FDA and HHS concluded that these studies do not 'currently prove efficacy of marijuana' for any therapeutic indication due to limitations in the study designs." This dismissal of studies is how the FDA rigs everything. It simply rejects all the science it doesn't like by claiming the studies are flawed.
• State laws that validate medical marijuana's efficacy in treating many health conditions are all rejected by the corrupt federal government cartel which claims: "HHS pointed out that state-level 'medical marijuana; laws do not provide evidence of such a consensus among qualified experts. "
• Cannabis can't even be studied for any effectiveness in treating disease, according to government. "The HHS concluded that the currently available data and information on marijuana is not sufficient to allow scientific scrutiny of the chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, and effectiveness."
In other words, THE GAME IS RIGGED!
It's all a racket to protect Big Pharma's financial interests
As is now obvious to everyone, the federal government is a criminal cartel. It's run by criminals, enforced at gunpoint and structured to protect the interests of Big Business while crushing liberty, knowledge and freedom of the People. (As a bonus, Obama also deliberately incites race wars across America's inner cities to spark chaos and hatred that's exploited by opportunistic politicians.)
Marijuana poses an enormous threat to Big Pharma precisely because it is therapeutic against so many health conditions. Not only can medical marijuana help treat certain symptoms related to cancer, but its extracts such as CBD are extremely useful for treating epilepsy, seizures and various neurological disorders. The evidence is not only clear on this point, it is overwhelming!
Yet the DEA continues to ridiculously define CBD as a Schedule I Controlled Substance, even though CBD has no psychoactive components and cannot be "abused" like recreational drugs. The DEA's refusal to reschedule CBD to a non-controlled substance is nothing short of a quack science racket to protect a criminal cartel that's run by the government itself.
The DEA, in other words, is the gunpoint enforcement branch of Big Pharma.
What's the solution? Congress needs to act. "The perhaps-legitimate confusion and concern expressed by these federal and state agencies about CBD can largely be cured by an act of Congress," writes New Cannabis Ventures. "And the solution is the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, which amends the CSA to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of 'marihuana.'" (http://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/134)
Catch-22: It's all rigged against natural medicine to deprive the People of affordable, safe remedies
The DEA's current statement that "Marijuana has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States" is a deliberate catch-22. The kicker here is the "currently accepted" qualifier on the claim. Accepted by whom? By the government itself, of course, which automatically disqualifies all evidence of the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana (and its constituents) precisely because the so-called "experts" are all Big Pharma monopolists.
Under this government regime, there will never be any accepted therapeutic use of medical marijuana because the gatekeepers who decide on such matters are all on the payroll of the drug companies. Like everything else in government today, the racket to deny access to medical marijuana is nothing but a monopolistic criminal cartel that enforces its pharma monopolies at gunpoint, threatening, arresting and incarcerating anyone who attempts to bring natural medicine to the world.
CBD oil manufacturer raided at gunpoint in California
As a striking example of the kind of medical tyranny now being brought upon those who try to sell therapeutic CBD oil, the DEA conducted armed raids on a California CBD manufacturer in June. Via MedicalJane.com:
While federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration looked on, police officers in Santa Rosa, California coordinated raids on a half-dozen properties associated with a local cannabis oil producer on Wednesday morning, prompting an immediate outcry from the cannabis community statewide...
One of the organization’s founding patient members was arrested and charged with felony for manufacturing a controlled substance by chemical extraction (a law created for meth labs); and is being held on a $5-million-dollar bond in Sonoma County jail.
Absurd restrictions on CBDs make it clear the federal government is a criminal cartel at WAR with the American people
The obvious upshot of all this is that the DEA, FDA and HHS are all branches of a massive criminal cartel that has occupied the federal government at the highest levels. This criminal cartel protects the monopolies of corporate giants who bribe lawmakers and politicians on a routine basis. And now, one of the worst criminals in U.S. history is being heavily promoted by democrats to attain the White House: Hillary Clinton. If you believe in decriminalizing medical marijuana, don't vote for Clinton! She's the most treasonous criminal corporate sellout ever to seek the office of the presidency.
In order to maintain this criminal racket, every branch of government criminalizes natural medicine in order to incarcerate those who attempt to commercialize and distribute it. The bigger goal in all this is to keep people sick, financially destitute and dependent on a failed health care system that generates hundreds of billions of dollars each year for pharmaceutical interests while destroying liberty, natural medicine and public health.
Plus, the cancer industry is a multi-billion-dollar medical scam that would be economically gutted if medical marijuana were widely available for cancer patients.
Ponder that last statement for a minute and realize that in order to protect the financial interests of Big Pharma, this corrupt government regime known as the Obama administration (and the Bush regime before that) is willing to criminalize natural medicine, imprison medical marijuana manufacturers and deprive millions of Americans access to real, therapeutic relief from serious medical conditions and symptoms. This is all being deliberately done to protect the profits of the pharmaceutical drug cartels that function as medical monopolies thanks to FDA gunpoint enforcement.
All you people who are "anti-gun" should seriously rethink your position, by the way. If anybody needs to be stripped of the right to own guns, it's government regulators. Yet gun control laws seek to concentrate all guns in the hands of the government... the very group now using guns to intimidate and terrorize natural medicine producers across America. The whole point of so-called "gun control" is to disarm the public and grant the government a firearms monopoly, after which absolute tyranny would immediately ensue.
You are living in a medical police state, dear readers. And the federal government as it operates today is absolutely no different from a Mexican drug cartel... complete with all the medical kidnappings, gunpoint enforcement, imprisoning of political enemies and all the rest. Wake up and smell the bulls--t being fed to you by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and CNN.
Do you really think they would criminalize marijuana if it were no threat at all to the profits of Big Pharma?
This entire war on hemp emerges from the fact that medical marijuana is so powerful and effective that is poses a very real threat to the long-term profits of the pharmaceutical industry.
If marijuana didn't work -- as HHS and DEA ridiculously claim -- it would be no threat at all, and there would be no concerted effort to block its commercialization and legalization.
The very fact that the feds are pushing so hard to criminalize this substance is all the proof you need that IT REALLY WORKS.
Remember: The federal government lies about everything. Unemployment statistics are a lie. Campaign promises are a lie. The fiat currency money supply is a lie. Obama's ransom payment to Iran is being covered up with lies. The FDA's "approval" of pharmaceuticals is all based on medical lies and scientific quackery. The CDC's vaccine "science" is a lie. The EPA's climate change narrative is a massive lie. There isn't anything the federal government says that isn't either an outright lie or a deception of some sort.
The only way to counter all this is to end the federal government regime that now imprisons us all and denies us the freedom to access natural medicine. Our best shot at this right now is to elect Donald Trump and hope they don't execute him before he can gut the regime. (He's gonna need our help, however. Get ready, "Second Amendment people" as Trump jokes...) In the long run, however, the only real pathway to freedom for humanity is going to be the global collapse of criminal government cartels, to be replaced by some other system altogether.
"As it stands, the only hope for a less restrictive national marijuana policy is for the DEA and FDA to come to terms on whether cannabis is medicine or for Congressional leaders and the President of the United States to stop pussyfooting around and pass legislation that liberates the leaf once and for all," reports High Times.
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