More and more, the attempt by the U.S. government to hide and obfuscate the truth about marijuana and the drug war just isn’t working.
Not that many years ago, this kind of editorial in an American newspaper would be unthinkable.
Colorado Springs Gazette: OUR VIEW: Government tells a big fat lie
Once again, government servants have told Americans that marijuana ranks right up there with heroin. The Drug Enforcement Agency ruled on July 8 that marijuana has â€œno accepted medical useâ€ and will continue as a schedule 1 drug â€” the most forbidden category.
The DEA is a law enforcement bureaucracy. The medical opinions of law enforcement bureaucrats should be of little interest. We do not ask cops to make laws; we pay cops to enforce the laws established by constitutions or enacted by the people or the decisions of their representatives. […]
Nothing in the Constitution grants the federal government, let alone a lone bureaucracy such as the DEA, to regulate drugs. […]
This is the type of insanity that led President Ronald Reagan to say: â€œThe nine most terrifying words in the English language are: â€˜Iâ€™m from the government and Iâ€™m here to help.â€™â€ […]
It seems clear that DEA officials want to demonize marijuana because it guarantees the DEAâ€™s ongoing funding and growth. This ruling does nothing to harm the reputation of medical marijuana, and everything to diminish the reputation of the DEA. We must demand that government employees stop lying to the Americans they are paid to serve with integrity and truth.
The Gazette still has a rather backward view of recreational marijuana, but a very healthy suspicion of the veracity of our government drug warriors.