Friday, April 4, 2014

Holder says he'd 'be more than glad to work' on rescheduling cannabis

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 3:29 PM

click to enlarge Eric Holder speaking at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 24, 2013. - SHUTTERSTOCK
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The Huffington Post reports that Attorney General Eric Holder today told a Congressional subcommittee that he would be happy to work with the chamber to reschedule cannabis from its current status as a Schedule I substance.

"We'd be more than glad to work with Congress if there is a desire to look at and reexamine how the drug is scheduled, as I said there is a great degree of expertise that exists in Congress," Holder told the House Appropriations Committee. "It is something that ultimately Congress would have to change, and I think that our administration would be glad to work with Congress if such a proposal were made."

The comment comes days after the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Michele Leonhart, said during a separate hearing that there was "a lot of confusion in that 296 days while they were reviewing" Colorado and Washington's legalization votes. Apparently, the decision not go after the states "actually, it makes us fight harder."

In a Facebook post, local criminal-defense firm Black & Graham — whose co-founder Clifton Black is a lead player in the local marijuana scene — cheered the news.

"The refer madness era is grinding to a halt," the firm wrote. "The prohibitionist's arguments ad nauseam no longer sway the citizens of the United States. Through prohibition statutes, our government has fueled the profits of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman and the drug cartels just as it did with Al Capone and the Mafia during alcohol prohibition.

"One thing we have learned from history is that we have learned nothing from history. Time to stop the madness. Regulate and tax just like we do with other, and more harmful, products."

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