Good day Senator Cantwell. Hopefully this letter finds you well.
As I’m sure you are aware a bill was recently introduced with the attempt at legalizing cannabis in Washington State. HB2401 didn’t make it out of committee. The committee chairman cited the federal classification of cannabis as a barrier. Isn’t it time this was changed?
Many states have “decriminalized” marijuana as a work-around to cannabis’ DEA scheduling. Fourteen states allow the medicinal use of cannabis as an affirmative defense in the event of an arrest. I would think at this point such state legislation would send a message to the federal government.
It has been postulated that Harry Anslinger’s scare tactics of the thirties were not truly about marijuana. It was a move to prevent industrial hemp from being a viable agricultural commodity. His interest was in the boardroom of large corporations. Not the citizens of the United States.
It is my belief that the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, promoted by President Nixon, and the placement of marijuana as a schedule I drug was another effort on big business’ behalf. In this instance possibly with the pharmaceutical industry as a benefactor, rather than synthetics manufacturers.
Human beings have been using hemp for a variety of purposes for over 3,000 years. I defy you to find a documented death caused by the overdose of cannabis or as a side effect. Why then is marijuana a schedule I drug? It’s senseless on the face of it. Obviously it’s scheduling is not as a result of the risk to any one individual’s well being. Why then?
An argument has been made that the scheduling can’t be changed because of a lack of serious scientific investigation. The federal government has ensured that the availability of cannabis for this research has been next to impossible. However, the current studies being performed are proving cannabis to have a variety of therapeutic uses. Washington State University is in the process of examining the possible synergic relationship between cannabis and narcotics.
Now and again I’ll catch a pharmaceutical advertisement on television for one or another FDA approved medicine. I can’t help but shake my head when the announcer advises of the possible side effects. For some medicines it’s death. Quite the side effect for a FDA approved pharmaceutical.
In my opinion the citizens of the United States have had enough of the war on marijuana (notice I didn’t write “drugs”). The latest polls would agree with me. It appears the majority of people are no longer buying into reefer madness. They are discovering that some very respected, productive people are also recreational users. It has been noted in a book about Carl Sagan’s life that he was an avid marijuana smoker.
The jig is up Senator.
The people are speaking. Individual states are rebelling against marijuana prohibition. A responsible Congress would not ignore the plain truth. A responsible Congress would not allow the citizens of this country to be federally prosecuted for marijuana possession any longer.
Please Senator Cantwell, I ask you to lobby on behalf of the people of Washington State to remove marijuana from a schedule I classification.
Thank you for your consideration,